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Microsoft Announce Full Stereoscopic 3D For Xbox 360

Felix Kemp
3D, Games news, Microsoft, Microsoft Xbox 360

Microsoft Announce Full Stereoscopic 3D For Xbox 360

Microsoft has long dismissed Sony's 3D charge, preferring in recent months to hype Kinect as the Xbox's key differentiator. But now, the Redmond giant is set to announce full stereoscopic 3D for the 360, reveals Eurogamer. According to their source, it's the same effect utilized by the PS3; HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic 3D in the 1280x1470 twin 720p framebuffer configuration. Which means two 720p feeds shot into each eye.

Their source explains Microsoft is mulling the reveal as we speak. Not to mention, he or she claims the 360 is better-suited for outputting in 3D than Sony's console. "The machine is not only very capable, it's more capable than the PlayStation 3 of doing stereo, assuming you don't have one of the old crappy ones with the composite leads... assuming you have a HDMI Xbox". It's an interesting claim, as in terms of pure horsepower the PS3 is undoubtedly the lead console, albeit with complex and often difficult architecture demands.

"The bottleneck is more on the graphical throughput for rendering out in stereo," explains the source, who also addresses when Microsoft might decide to unveil the feature. "Microsoft is going to have to go on stage to say something, aren't they?" We'll keep an eye on this as it develops. [Eurogamer]

Add a comment4 comments
Matt Gardner  May. 23, 2011 at 15:42

This worries me greatly. Rant article expected later this week.

Goity  May. 23, 2011 at 16:46

This seems unlikely. IIRC the reason 360 hasn't done 1280x720x2 yet is because it can't due to HDMI 1.2 limitations.

sunspot  May. 23, 2011 at 17:18

The xbox has a more capable GPU than the PS3 though, so this may be why it's better suited to 3D compared to the PS3.

Gunn  May. 24, 2011 at 11:23

Really surprised to hear its using the same method as the PS3, an article I'd read last year mentioned that the 360 was unlikely to be able to support 1440 vertical resolution but perhaps they'd go for the horizontal method instead. They also need to say how the handshaking will work with 3dtvs.


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