Okay, so I finally got a 3D TV and I've been fiddling with some 3D PS3 games. Unfortunately, I only have a few games that support 3D, and not all of them very well. I'm also still figuring out the settings on the TV itself (I've figured out that putting it in "Game" mode is essential, otherwise it does something wonky with the 3D effect).
As much as I was looking forward to Gran Turismo, I've also noticed that racing games don't tend to benefit as much from 3D as you'd expect. It was nice when using the outside-the-car view, but otherwise the effect was barely noticeable, even at maximum depth. It's just the way they're made, I suppose. Wipeout was the same way, I preferred the 1080p60 original to the 720p30 3D version.
Assassin's Creed III turned out to be a big disappointment. Which is sad, because those games would otherwise lend themselves quite well to 3D (I've found that third-person action/adventure games on PC tend to benefit from 3D the most, like Just Cause or the Arkham games). But I found the effect to be very shallow, with too much resolution sacrificed to make the 3D effect, which made the whole picture look very soft (especially coming off playing it on PC at full 1080p). I also noticed some visible distortion around the character, which I can only assume is the result of reprojection, since it's the only title I played that has that artifact visible. That might not be such a problem if the character wasn't, literally, the center of attention for the user. Having him surrounded by what looked like a force field was too distracting. This one actually irks me the most because of how expansive the environments are. I was hoping for something as incredible as Just Cause 2 on PC in terms of 3D scale, and instead I get this low-res distorted mess.
Oddly enough, the best implementation I've seen so far is Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds. I hadn't played the game in years, but I saw it had 3D support, so I figured what the hell. It renders natively and doesn't seem to sacrifice anything noticeable to create the 3D (it's maybe a touch softer, but not nearly as bad as AC3 was). It's my favorite 3D PS3 game so far.
On a side note, I'm wondering why anyone would bother changing the screen size.. in most of the games I've played so far, setting the 3D effect to maximum in-game puts separation at around eye-distance apart, and you really don't want to go any further than that. The system's smart enough to know what the correct "maximum" setting is based on the screen size (my computer's the same way.. 100% effect is almost exactly eye-distance apart, despite the difference in screen size).
The difference would, I suppose, be different on titles that use reprojection instead of rendering the 3D natively. But then all you're doing is increasing the size of the visual distortion and artifacts from the conversion. AC3's separation was much lower than the other games I tried, and I'd hate to think what it would have looked like at even higher settings.
What do you think are the odds of the PS4 supporting full 3D for every title right out of the box? Wishful thinking, I suppose. Might as well wish for full 1080p on every title, and that's probably not gonna happen, either.
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