3D is on hiatus, until James Cameron reminds us again how good 3D can be if done right. The CE manufacturers have short memories. When Avatar 2 makes another 3 billion dollars, 3D will be front page news again, especially when glasses-free makes it as easy to watch as 2D.
Lol, the people who have seen Pacific Rim, Titanic, Jurassic Park, Gravity, Wizard of Oz (original) and Hugo in 3D beg to differ with your claim that 3D is on hiatus. 3D conversions are getting so good that they can now rival natively shot 3D when done well and given the time to convert it properly. And this is coming from somebody who hated the idea of conversions. Films like the ones I mentioned above (I know Hugo was shot in native 3D) changed my mind.
As for glasses-free 3D, sure, they have prototypes, and may even be close to getting them on the market, but how expensive will they be? A bundle, I can guarantee it. Plus what will the restrictions be? Will everybody in the room get the same quality 3D, regardless of angle? My current tv has poor viewing angles in 2D, let alone 3D. And what other drawbacks will there be? Will the image be as sharp as current 1080p active sets? How about motion? Will the 3D image be just as "deep" as active/passive 3D currently? I doubt the first couple generations of glasses-free 3D will be perfect. So how is that any different than the 3D I have now? Sure it's different tech, but no matter what, there will always be improvements.
The point is while some people refuse to buy into home 3D until they consider it the "perfect" experience, I'm enjoying 3D right now on my tv in quality I never thought just a few years ago I would ever experience.
Edited by eagle_2 - 1/15/14 at 12:21pm