Sony PlayStation 3D Display

Price: $499 might seem like a lot for a 24″ screen. But for that price, the PlayStation 3D Display comes bundled with a $50 video game and a $70 pair of 3D glasses. The package isn’t  cheap, but when you consider what you’re getting, it’s a  good deal.

SimulView: This display allows a cool new way to play games against your friends –on the same TV, at the same time, without splitting the screen in two.

Here’s how it works: The PlayStation 3D Display uses active 3D technology. The lenses of its battery-powered glasses are actually tiny LCD screens that open and close like shutters, letting light in selectively. To create a 3D picture, the screen flashes back and forth between between two slightly different images, and the glasses work in sync , always showing each eye its own picture. That creates the illusion of depth.

But when two viewers each wear a pair of Sony’s glasses, the SimulView technology can flip back and forth between player one and player two, instead of left eye view and right eye view. Each player only sees the view of the game that he is controlling, even though they’re both looking at the same screen. It’s not in 3D, but it’s in high definition, and it’s a great way to handle multiplayer games.

All considered, the PlayStation 3D Display makes the case for a gamer-centric screen. It’s the perfect TV for a dorm room or small apartment, or as a secondary screen devoted exclusively to gaming –no more fighting with your kids or significant other because one of you wants to play a game and the other wants to watch TV. And it shouldn’t be considered only by PlayStation 3 fans, either; this thing works just as well plugged into an Xbox 360.

The PlayStation 3D Display is on sale now for $499, bundled with a pair of 3D glasses, a copy of MotorStorm Apocalypse for the PlayStation 3, and an HDMI cable.

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