The big news in fancy tech to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was 3D, and companies like Sony are falling over themselves to adopt it into their products. Will Microsoft do the same with 3D Xbox 360 games? Well... maybe. Sort of.
“From the technical standpoint, we are fully 3D capable. We have 3D games running today,” Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg told G4TV
at the show. Writer Patrick Klepek noted that its only demonstration was an Xbox Live Arcade game called Scrap Metal
, but this was in the “old 3D”. Possibly the red and green kind.
Greenberg said that Microsoft will take a 'wait and see' approach to the technology. “I think right now we're unsure what level of interest there is from consumers to really want a 3D experience in the living room. Many, many years from now when it becomes a reality we absolutely can support it.”
As you would expect, the Xbox group product manager would rather everyone look at Project Natal than any of this 3D stuff that's wowing audiences at cinemas. But Greenberg thinks the cinema experience doesn't exactly relate to home entertainment. “When I play games or watch TV, I've got my phone, I've got all kinds of things going on... I'm not in a dark theater, wearing glasses... I think it's just a different environment.”
Standing by the sidelines seems to be Microsoft's game this round, possibly after the failure of HD-DVD, which the company half-heartedly adopted on the Xbox 360 via means of an external add-on device. It may believe that waiting out on unproven tech will benefit it in the long run – Natal being a product born from the Wii's success.
Would you rush out and jump on 3D gaming? What about 3D in the home? Do you think Microsoft is right to stand back and wait it out? Let us know your thoughts in the forum below.