Update: 3D Blu-ray approved, coming to PS3 and Bravia
3D in the home is not as crazy as you might think, and today it's taken an incredibly huge step forward. Before this morning it seemed a little more than a dream of the future, probably as far apart as a standard cinematic film is from Avatar.
Now though something has changed, the Blu-ray Disc Association has agreed on the specifications for the 3D Blu-ray format, and on top of that the specifications mean that 3D is coming to your PlayStation 3.
Let me tantalise you with these details that have been approved for the 3D format, and please do stay with me for these are all relevant:
Despite requiring two 1080p images, one for each of your polarised shades covered eyes, the film is only going to need 50% more space on your Blu-ray. Now that's good because it doesn't mean an exact copy of the film for each eye.
All 3D Blu-ray discs will be backwards compatible with 2D equipment, playable on existing equipment.
The Blu-ray 3D technology will work on Plasma, LCD, or any other display technology, as long as it is 3D compatible.
PlayStation 3 will be able to play the 3D Blu-ray discs.
So 3D Blu-ray is coming, and all you'll need to do (all?!) is buy a new 3D television. Or is that the only problem? The great news is that ff you have a PlayStation 3 then you'll still be able to play 3D Blu-ray films.
Well I think that appears to be it after reading the press release from Engadget.
I'm not entirely happy about having to buy a new television, and to be honest I think I'd wait for a while before I actually did buy it, but at the same time this is a hell of a lot less than I thought I'd have to do. The PS3 is going to deliver 3D Blu-ray? Stunning.
Update: Not only are we now guaranteed a backwards compatible, low storage and PlayStation 3 3D Blu-ray set-up, but Sony have announced that their Bravia range of televisions is going RealD.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony and RealD have announced that they are teaming up and bringing home 3D to life with Bravia sets with the RealD glasses and technology.
For Avatar (Filmstalker review) I'm excited, for everything else, I'm not.