E3 2011: Sony Announces 3D Gaming Display for PS3

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If the performance of recent movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” or “Priest” is any indication, the public’s reception of 3D movies may very well be on the wane. But, 3D gaming is very much still trying to find its legs. On one hand, the cost differential of making a game render in 3D isn’t as onerous as in movies. You don’t need special cameras or specific post-production processes to create the 3D effect in games; all you need is code that creates two images instead of one for the necessary interpolating effect.

What’s really been holding back gamers’ enthusiasm for 3D has been the cost of entry. HDTVs can be had for a couple of hundred bucks now, but models with 3D capability get priced at a premium. On top of the extra cash charged for 3D, you’d also need to spend money on glasses for viewing the special effect. At around $150 a pop, you’re looking at a sizeable chunk of change to include friends or family in the added-depth experience.

PS 3D display left side.jpgThat’s why the reveal of a PlayStation-branded 3DTV was one of the better received announcements from Sony at E3 this week. The 24-inch TV will retail at $500 and comes with a pair of Sony-manufactured glasses and a copy of the upcoming PS3 exclusive “Resistance 3.” The PlayStation glasses will cost $70 on their own and will also work with a variety of different 3DTV brands, making them perfect if you already have a 3DTV and just want extra glasses. The 1080p display will also work as a standard 2D HDTV or monitor, with an HDMI input that’ll work with just about any hi-def video source.

PS 3D display right side.jpgBut the most intriguing thing about the 3D display isn’t the cost. You’ll be able to have a multiplayer gaming session on just one screen, thanks to new technology that will generate two totally different images at the same time. With two pairs of glasses, each player will see only an image that’s only viewable through their lenses. It’s like the old splitscreen multiplayer view, but without the split. Sony only had a demo on the E3 show floor to illustrate how it’d work but it’s pretty cool regardless. Hopefully, they’ll have some games that take advantage of this split image effect when the 3D display launches in the fall.

Will the PlayStation 3D display change your mind about playing 3D games or watching 3D TV shows or movies at home? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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