Originally Posted by xzener
Whats wrong with the HDTV and Projector I have now?? Why do I have to go out and buy another??
Why not a firmware update?? We're at a time now that this is completely feasible. My bluray player (recently sold cause my HTPC is just as good) was hooked up to my network and received firmware updates regularly.
That was one of the reasons I sold it, every time I put in a bluray to watch (wasn't very frequent) I'd get a darn firmware update notification.... I hated that.
Give me a firmware update for the projector I just bought, or no 3D for me.
Oh, not to mention, dont you need special glasses too?? Thats another $150 for one set.
**EDIT** Avatar was awesome!! Watched it twice now, 2D and 3D. Didn't matter, 3D was very cool though. Much better than the old red/blue 3D crap.
No one was saying there was anything wrong with your current projector. If you say you won't watch 3D movies/TV, you don't need to upgrade... much like those people who still say they can't see/hear the difference between a DVD and BluRay, there is no reason they NEED to buy BluRay players. It is something new, that if you want it, it is available. The release of 3D compatible hardware does not immediately render all non-3D displays and players non-functional.
The reason most BluRay players cannot be flash-upgraded to the 3D spec is the 3D spec requires a different/more powerful processor. Your BluRay player was a purpose-built piece of hardware. No amount of software written for the older chips will magically make them faster, and have all the necessary instruction sets and IO. The reason the PS3 is software upgradable is because it uses the Cell processor which already had the computing overhead, and all BluRay playback was already emulated through software. No amount of software would turn a blender into a food-processor.
The reason Displays can't be magically upgraded through software is that the LCD panel controller, and the panel itself were never made to support the necessary refresh rate. They simply can't change images on the screen fast enough.
Originally Posted by Cathan
Of course I can shoot down technology if I don't like it. At the end that is exactly what will happen on a mass scale. It's what always happens. It's called the market. Either the public will buy it, or it won't. Now granted, I'm but one small drop in a large bucket and certainly don't consider myself a Luddite. I just don't see a compelling need to purchase this technology, regardless whether it is new or not.
Ok, but you are attempting to shoot down something you say you will never buy. Tell me this... if you were in the market for a new BluRay player, and you saw two identical boxes with the exception that one supported 3D and the other didn't and they were the same price, or even $5 different, would you refuse to buy the one with 3D support simply on merit ? JUST because it supported 3D ? Does the fact that it supports 3D somehow detract from your 2D viewing experience ?
As far as I know, there is no plan for ANY 3D exclusive programming. Everything you can see in 3D is also going to be available in 2D. Trying to nay-say and shoot down 3D technology is pointless, because it in no way replaces 2D programming or movies. This argument is like people saying Visual Teleconferencing should never have been made because our phones work just fine.
Originally Posted by Chris Kane
I wish I could say the same. My wife and I saw Avatar in 3D (Dolby's version, I think) and although we didn't get headaches we did find the glasses annoying. There was a sense of having lost one's peripheral vision - almost like tunnel vision.
It sounds like you may have been sitting in a theatre with a screen that was too small. My only complaint about it was that you don't get to choose your focus. If you WANTED to focus on the animal walking by in the background, but the camera was focused on the subject, you couldn't change the focus... but you get the same in 2D, it just isn't apparent to your brain that there is something else to focus on.