EA Says To Give 3D Gaming A Couple Years

Posted: Jun 10 2010, 4:05pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:40pm CDT, in News | Gaming

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The man at the head of Electronic Arts, John Riccitiello, said that 3D gaming will be a huge thing, but not until 2012. In a quote from IndustryGamers, he said that "you have to have an army" first.
Talking about his recent experience with an EA game in 3D, Riccitiello said it was "unbelievably cool." However, he went a bit hyperbolic and said, "And right now, there's like 12 people in America with 3D television sets."

Of course, stereoscopic 3D TV sets have been flying off the shelves, and thousands of people across the country already have one. However, in a country with hundreds of millions of TVs, that is indeed just a spec.

Sony became the first in the world to offer gaming for the new stereoscopic 3D standard, posting 3D updates for existing PS3 games today. It is of course ahead of the curve, as Sony Electronics' own 3D TV sets aren't even available yet.

It's a burgeoning new medium and no one doubts its scope over the long term, but just like HDTV, Blu-ray, etc, it's going to take time to get it into that full market adoptance stage.

"I think that over time, probably in the course of 2011, 2012, the strongest publishers will author some great content. The installed base will be there, and there will be a good positive growth spurt. I just don't think it will be this year," said Riccitiello.

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