Sony is serious about three-dimensional gaming, with a library of more than 50 3D titles in development for the PlayStation 3, including 20 of its own making. And if a studio is looking to jump on the 3D bandwagon, Sony is ready to lend a helping hand with training for external developers. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe studio director Mick Hocking provided the details of Sony’s 3D ambitions to Develop ahead of his 3D Gaming keynote speech at this week’s Develop in Liverpool conference.“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.”
Sony is working to position itself as the leader in 3D gaming, Hocking said, not only reaching out to help developers add stereoscopic 3D to their games, but also trying to help them take the technology in new directions for gaming.
“Not only make it technically correct, but also to be more inventive with it, how to get the most creatively from it for their particular type of game. One great example is in Killzone 3, 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.”
Sony added 3D gaming and Blu-ray functionality to the PlayStation 3 earlier this year with a pair of title updates. The Japanese tech giant hopes its 3D gaming efforts will also help it move its range of 3D TVs and accessories.