Will 3D prove to be a thorny issue for some people who are ready to take 4k resolution to another level?
If you're a big fan of 3D and you're reading this post, you obviously either own or are going to buy a 4k TV. So when 4k Blu-ray is released, supposedly during the Holiday season this year, you could be faced with some unpleasant choices. At least as I understand it, there will be no 4k 3D Blu-ray titles; you'll only be able to see 3D in upscaled 1080p quality, which won't be the equal of true 4k.
To see where the problem really comes in, let's journey to a galaxy far, far away, namely to about July 2016. That's when Star Wars VII will probably be released on disc, and it will no doubt come in a variety of flavors; DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4k. If you want the 1080p 3D version, do you buy it separately from the 4k package, or will you have to pay a big premium for a possible combo package?
If you decide to just buy 4k from this point on, then what sense did it make to buy into a large 3D library? Or you may decide to buy 4k now in the hopes that 4k 3D Blu-ray will be coming, but that could prove to be a lot of double-dipping. Or you could decide not to buy any 4k movies that have an alternate 3D rendition.
All of that's bad enough. But it may also be possible that the new 4k Blu-ray players may not pass along a 3D signal, in which case you would have to have a 1080p 3D player hooked into your system as well as a 4k Blu-ray player, assuming you have a big financial commitment to 3D discs. You'd think developers would take that into account, but don't be surprised if the first models have nothing to do with 3D, banking on customers buying a newer model a year later.
Sadly, there may be a real possibility that developers of the new 4k disc technology have decided to cut out 3D completely. I'd hate to see that. On my Sony 850c I'm getting a superb 3D image with the minor adjustments I've made, and it's irritating to think that 3D has no future.
In closing, I'd like to ask 3D fans here a question. If the above scenario I've outlined is indeed true, how will it affect your purchase strategy when 4k is released? Will you continue to buy 1080p 3D titles, possibly using a separate Blu-ray player, or will you decide that any more money spent on 3D is a waste of your finances?