3D movies have been around in some form or the other for quite a while now; in fact it’s been over half a century since the first 3D film played in the United States. This phenomenon grew quite a bit during the 80s and went on into the 90s as well. I distinctly remember watching the movie ‘Chota Chetan’ when I was around three years old and, although I had no idea what 3D was, got quite excited about it at the time. Of course, cinema has come a very long way since then with movies like Avatar and Tron Legacy enticing people with their superb visuals and effects.
Back in the day
Of course, 3D has now also wriggled its way into our homes with 3D TVs and Blu-ray players being sold like hot cakes. But is it really worth buying a product that’s so expensive – what is the big deal about 3D anyway and why are people making such a big fuss about it? You sit down in front of your giant screen, put on a pair of uncomfortable, oversized glasses and watch images coming at you from the screen. I’ve got a better suggestion; join a fight club instead if you want some in-your-face action.
Last year, 3D was all the rage; and it seems to be picking up even more steam now with broadcasters promising 3D content all over the world. Sure, Penthouse is launching a 3D porn channel soon and an Italian company has started broadcasting 3D movies, but that will, in all probability, never see the light of day here in India (especially the former), we’re still struggling to get decent HD content here! One can argue by saying that there are a few channels, but I don't think that is anywhere near enough. So why are people still going out and paying a premium of 30-40% more just for the extra 3D playback function?
Glassless 3D – when it comes, will it be worth it?
Whatever little 3D content is available for home viewing is just about OK. What I have checked out so far is blurry and seems to have little depth; not what you’d expect after spending so much money on a 3D TV and Blu-ray player. I get really irritated with those stupid glasses you have to wear all the time as they’re uncomfortable and give me a headache after less than an hour of continuously watching 3D content. Sure, some can counter that by saying glassless 3D is on the way. But even that isn’t doing so well, as you have to stay in one position, right in front of the screen to actually view the 3D content properly. Of course, certain companies like Sony do have a glassless prototype 3D TV that claims to have a much better viewing angle. However, there’s no saying when this technology will be available to the public, so don’t go hoping for too much.
Even when it comes to games, there are plenty which can be converted from 2D to 3D with the help of 3D kits, but it’s just not the same. There's Avatar which has been made in native 3D, and Motorstorm Apocalypse and Killzone 3 will also be releasing in 3D soon, but that’s not enough.
Motorstorm Apocalypse – coming soon in native 3D
Of course, there’s always plenty of scope for improvement where any technology is concerned. There is also a slim chance that 3D might pull through this year, but I’m not banking on that. Glassless home 3D viewing is still in its nascent stages and although 3D with glasses is improving slowly, it’s not happening fast enough. This makes me think that consumers are going to be bored with the wait and lose interest. 3D has been in and out of peoples' lives since the 50's, so there's every reason to believe that this may happen again.
So this brings us to the final question; is it really worth buying a 3D TV? I for one do not think so, because of all the reasons listed above. 3D TVs are so much more expensive than regular HDTVs, and only offer one extra feature (need I state the obvious?), one that isn’t even fully developed yet. So no; do not go out there and spend a whole bunch of extra cash on that beautiful looking 3D TV you’ve been ogling at for the last month or so, as it’s just not worth it. You can just as easily get a brilliant Full HDTV for much cheaper.
Do you have a 3D TV, or have you just recently bought one? If yes, do let us know what your experience has been and whether it has been worth it.