3D PS3 'would have cost you £500k 10 years ago'

3D gaming raising bar

A Sony PlayStation and a 3D-ready television will still set you back a pretty penny, but, according to Sony 3D expert Ian Bickerstaff, getting the same experience would have set you back a cool £500,000 in the late 90s.

Bickerstaff, a senior engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe – the division behind the PlayStation, was showing off the new 3D gaming on the console.

He has worked on Formula One and pilot training 3D in the past, and he insists that the level of experience being offered by pairing a PlayStation with a 3D-ready TV shows the progression the technology has made.

Half a mill

"The thing that's really exciting for me is that these sort of systems used to cost half a million pounds to give you that level of 3D," said Bickerstaff.

"We're only talking about the late 90s – not that long ago - and suddenly we're at the point where this is actually going to be affordable to people for their living rooms."

Bickerstaff also pointed out that the PlayStation can sense the size of your television and adapt around it.

"The PlayStation 3D update has a screen size variable," he adds. "It knows the size of the television screen, and because it knows the size…it can show off life size objects in front of you.

"All the infrastructure is in place. The products aren't there yet, but it's early days."

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