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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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