If Microsoft hates 3D so much, one has to wonder why it keeps talking about it. The latest is from Xbox senior product manager David Dennis, who said that he wasn't sure if stereoscopic gaming is something that players really want.
"There was a big rush by some other folks in the industry to convince people they want to play in 3D," Dennis told Eurogamer
. "You can question the motivations of why they want to make everyone go buy a new TV perhaps, but I think 3D has to fit in a natural way where it fits with the gameplay.
"Something we're watching and wanting to understand from consumers is whether this is something they actually want. Does it add to the gaming experience? Does it distract from the gaming experience? Is it something they want to play long-term? Or is it something they try a few times and then go back to regular 2D modes?"
But, if demand is there for the feature, Dennis noted that Microsoft would do what it could to implement it. "You watch the market penetration of 3D TVs, you look if it's something people are buying and you adapt and innovate, just like we've done by deploying different system updates and features.
"If there are other things we want to do with 3D that consumers are asking for, we would explore it."
Seems funny in a way how Microsoft is talking about 3DTV market penetration, in a similar vein to Nintendo's reference to HDTV penetration in regards to the Wii's specifications.