Okay, guys - you just upgraded your HDTV to a 3DTV, but you're not finished yet. Now, 3D is coming to the PC market, and it's gonna require yet another whole new slate of hardware.
Stereoscopic 3D computers will be the next market for the new 3D standard, according to Jon Peddie Research. Abbreviated "S3D," this standard will explode from a very nascent market in 2010 to one of more than 75 million units sold by 2014, says the research firm.
Unlike TV, where movies and live programming are expected to be the primary content platforms driving adoption, S3D gaming on PC will be the main selling point for computer nerds. Of course, streaming video, Blu-ray, etc, will all work on 3D computers as well.
"Although most PCs will be S3D capable due to the GPUs that are in them, not all PCs will be S3D PCs because they need a special monitor, glasses, and appropriate content," the firm wrote in a statement.
So, at the very least, you'll be stuck needing to buy a new monitor and 3D glasses. And at most, you'll need a new computer entirely. With 3D TV prices around double what standard HDTVs cost, expect the S3D PC market to be one with high barriers.
However, Jon Peddie is bullish on its growth. In 2010, the first year where S3D hardware will be offered, it expects less than a million units to be sold, to bring in around $640 million. But by 2014, researchers expect 75 million units to be sold as the S3D PC industry pulls in more than $34 billion on hardware alone (and about $4.5 billion on content).
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