If you were to ask Sony where the future of home video game resides, they'd scream "3D!" at the top of their lungs while bashing you over the head with a 3D mallet. At least, that's what you're led to believe based on some information provided by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe studio director Mark Hocking, who confirmed over fifty 3D titles currently in development for Sony's Playstation 3 during his keynote speech at this week Develop in Liverpool conference.
The confirmed fifty includes numbers from both Sony and third-party developers, but Sony has admitted that 40% of that number are being developed by Sony.
"Overall we have more than 50 titles currently being converted into 3D, and this number if growing fast," Hocking told Develop. "Some of them are massive names. That's a really, really good sign that the industry is behind our unique message that 3D is a key element in the future of home consoles."
The words "currently being converted" are interesting, which could imply a large number of titles getting 3D support are existing titles. That could end up being a bad thing, as games not specifically designed for stereoscopic view are hit or miss, but not as bad as hollywood films that get their 3D treatments after the fact.
According to Hocking, Sony is committed to helping developers embrace 3D, and not only from a technical perspective. Sony wants to see developers get creative with 3D effects, integrating unique experiences that make 3D games more fun.
"One great example is in Killzone 3," says Mark. "When you're playing in 3D, where the player has to plant an explosive charge on the wall. When they do, the charge comes out of the screen and looks like it's in the room with you, and honestly it feels like an explosive charge has been placed on your TV. It's amazing."
Expect to see a flurry of 3D gaming activity in 2011.
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