3D games on PS3 take a step closer

Latest PS3 update enables 3D stereoscopic games support

The mainstream availability of 3D games has taken a step forward with the latest update to Sony’s PS3 enabling the support of 3D stereoscopic games on the console.

However, with the release of the update Sony is warning gamers not to get too excited by the prospect of blood from murderous killing sprees spraying in three dimensions.

“At the time of the system software release, there are no 3D stereoscopic games available for the PlayStation 3 system,” the notes to the update read. “The release of 3D stereoscopic games will be announced at a later date.”

In a blog post on the update, Eric Lempel, vice president network operations Americas did hint at a rough timing for the availability fo 3D games.

“…This update preps the PS3 system for some upcoming new features, including 3D stereoscopic gaming, which is coming soon to PS3, in time for the launch of Sony’s 3D Bravia TVs,” the post reads.

Sony says that a further firmware update is expected to allow the PS3 to play 3D Blu-ray discs.

In November, Sony said it expected 3D televisions would make up between 30 per cent and 50 per cent of all sets it sells in the financial year beginning in April 2012.

Sony first announced its 3D ambitions in early September when president and CEO, Howard Stringer, said the company planned to launch 3D-capable Bravia TV sets and Blu-ray Disc players as well as adding 3D to the PlayStation 3.

Sony issued its 3.21 firmware update on 29 March. PS3 users reported that the update caused a number of issues ranging from frozen hardware, failed upgrades and difficulty with game and Blu-ray disc playback.

In March a mysterious glitch appeared on older model PS3s.

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