Originally Posted by Jorsher
It's a marketing gimmick and I think it's going to become harder and harder to find a 2D TV. Whether consumers actually use it or not, I don't see them choosing a 2D TV if there's a 3D one in the same budget. I just don't believe it will ever "die."
I still stand by gamers, at least the "hardcore" gamers, will be most likely to use 3D. Once support improves.
Edited to make it shorter.
That's probably true, but it's not the "hardcore" group so much as just mainstream gamers. Hardcore gamers are crazy, like me, and may do things like build a PC designed to push 120+ frames in Battlefield 3 to a LightBoost monitor hacked to strobe in 2D mode so they can get CRT motion clarity at 120hz. Yeeeeah. Basically Hardcore usually refers to competitive gamers, and competitive gamers avoid things that give them a competitive disadvantage like 3D. So even though the much more common hardcore console
gamer isn't running some crazy rig, they're going to turn off 3D as soon as they realize it makes it MUCH harder to tell what's happening on screen and get on target.
The people who will want 3D are the (larger?) group who play games like Skyrim, Assassin's Creed, shooters in single player story mode, basically anything you might attach the word "immersion" to. There's usually not a huge desire to invest in gaming tech in this group (most probably just own a console) so the 3D needs to work without hassle and not cost a significant amount. It also can't significantly compromise the visual fidelity of the game, since we're talking about players who are half in it to enjoy the visual experience (3D requires rendering 2x the frames, so the usual solution is to turn graphics quality down). Obviously we're talking about next generation consoles at minimum, PC for some (however PC players won't be happy with 2x30fps 3D, they'll want the full 2x60fps and thus need more expensive hardware).
Eh... it still seems like a tough road now that I think about it. The one good thing I can say about the 3D push is that it's forced panel makers to step it up. Plasmas can do 120hz now (only at 720P due to HDMI limitations but still impressive). LCD panels have much faster pixel transition times now because they need to be faster to avoid ghosting the previous frame. That LightBoost monitor I mentioned only exists because NVidia developed the tech for 3D.Edited by headlesschickens - 8/14/13 at 5:04pm