Sony to Nintendo: Leave Our 3D Glasses Alone!


Sony wants to work with Nintendo to promote 3D gaming, but says Nintendo needs to quit “bashing” Sony’s glasses-based technology first.

Nintendo’s 3DS made a pretty big splash when it debuted at E3 2010 earlier this month, in case you missed it. Naturally, the biggest thing that the hardware giant was pushing was that the handheld allowed a 3D depth of field without the use of special glasses. Nintendo hammered the “glasses-free” point home over and over again at E3 – and in the weeks since – a point which is irking Sony, whose own 3D gaming technology does in fact require those 3D glasses.

Speaking with IGN, SCE boss-man Shuhei Yoshida said that both companies should be presenting a united front in the promotion of 3D gaming, not sniping at each others’ technology.

“I have hope that they have a broader perspective with 3D,” Yoshida said. “When you listen to what they are saying about the effect of 3D perspective to the games, they are saying the same message we are, but they don’t have to bash some small part of what the other company is doing.”

Yoshida said that Nintendo and Sony together could show how 3D gaming could work on all levels from tiny handhelds to massive TVs for the sake of advancing the industry: “We’d like to work together to promote 3D.”

Of course, the Sony executive was quick to promote the idea that the glasses weren’t intrusive, and necessary for the real deal: “If you really want a big theater experience, of course you have to wear glasses,” he said. “With the latest technology, the glasses are light and you kind of forget you’re wearing them after awhile.”

What was that about working together, again?


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