While the 3D film boom continues to gain steam, raking in the inflated profits while incidentally causing a spike in eye-strain disorders, the 3D games market is veering in a decidedly less successful direction. What with the relative lack of true 3D titles, the steep prices for appropriate television sets and the general public's indifference towards the technology, uptake has been sluggish at best. And according to EA, they're not happy with their "very poor 3D returns".
"Frankly we have not seen a big uptake for 3D gaming," EA's John Riccitiello told stockholders. "We have not seen a big uptake in 3DTVs in the home, at least not yet. We are not here trying to drive a market. We are here to react to what consumers are looking for." Instead, EA is looking to invest in and capitalize upon the lucrative social and online markets, where it plans to create "new innovations".
Sony has been the biggest proponent of 3D gaming, what with their range of 3D television displays and a number of high-profile games undergoing the three-dimensional conversion. Motorstorm Apocalypse, Killzone 3 and Gran Turismo 5 can all be played in 3D, providing you have the appropriate display, which still retail for a lofty price. Sony has remained upbeat on the manner, claiming it had a "good first year".
What do you think, Dealspwners? Will 3D gaming start to take off soon? Or will it be forever be a fad? [Games Industry]