Survey: Gamers Not Interested in 3D Gaming, 3DTV

A new survey of users shows that a majority of its members are not satisfied (or interested) in 3D gaming. Tapping into 1,001 members, the asked them what they thought of the prospect of 3D gaming. Around 44 percent of respondents said that 3D gaming is “unnecessary," while 28 percent said they were "unimpressed" while playing the 3DS. Around 22 percent said that 3D technology impairs the gaming experience. When asked about specific devices other than game consoles and hand-helds, a whopping 77 percent said that 3DTVs were not something they would enjoy, while a hefty 65 percent noted that 3D was not a factor in the purchase of a next-generation Xbox console.

"Rumors are constantly flying around about the next big console releases, so we wanted to see what gamers would think about the possibility of a 3D enabled console," said Simon Kilby, founder of "It was surprising to see that the majority were against it, but many seemed to be disappointed by the technology on the Nintendo 3DS and wouldn't like to see the technology spread to other consoles. 3D, given its current popularity in cinema and television, does seem to be the next logical step in gaming; but I think developers will have to be careful to tackle the issues that the Nintendo 3DS seemed to raise with motion sickness and the like. Our study proves that many think it to be unnecessary or even impairment on the gaming experience; so it will be interesting to see what happens when the consoles are finally released."

Source: IndustryGamers

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    nightwng2000 says:

    Heh, build me a fully functional Holodeck and I'll show you just how interested in 3D gaming I REALLY am.  :)

    In fact, I'll even help you prove such a thing as "gaming addiction".  :)

    And probably even "porn addiction".  Ahem.  :)


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    hellfire7885 says:

    Especially when movies are made with 3D as an afterthrought. Avatar worked because it had 3D in mind. The Last Airbender didn't work because "omg let's make it 3D, it means moarm onies"

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    "the 3D craze is running out of steam as people have realised that it doesn't make any difference to the content."

    I don't think it can be just that. If 3D didn't make any difference, that's not really a reason not to want it. I mean, if it makes no difference and if 3D is desirable in and of itself, why not have it?

    I think the problem has to be that 3D (as it currently is) is not desirable because it's too much discomfort for a product that is not yet fully realized. We have to wear 3D glasses and even if we're fine with that, many of the images we see look obviously fake because the folks making movies in 3D are too enamoured with the process – they're making films serve 3D when it should be the other way around.

    The problem is, 3D is a fad and as such, it's just not going to have the longevity required in order for the technology to get the investment it needs, nor are we going to have time for the people who produce 3D content to get beyond the "Let's really blow them away with stuff that leaps off the screen" nonsense which always looks fake.

    3D will only work when it's implemented subtly and when we don't have to wear glasses to see it. Until then, it's always going to be a waste of time and money.

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    State says:

    The 3DS is interesting and I bought one after the price drop. But as with cinema the 3D craze is running out of steam as people have realised that it doesn't make any difference to the content.

    I would prefer to play 3D games more than watch a 3D film, I would assume that racing games look good in 3D, but the price of the kit is prohibitive (for what amounts to a few games), especially as everything needs to be upgraded, the cables, the TV, the receiver etc.

    Hopefully soon people why stop bothering about 3D and just make good content instead. A crap movies is still a crap movie in 3D.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    I think the supposed popularity of 3D in TV and movies is a result of hype. For me, 3D has always seemed kinda half-assed, wherever it pops up. The latest foray into 3D at the movies is a fad. Unless and until they remove the necessity of wearing glasses and reduce the problems with super-close images that look fake, 3D as a truly popular option remains a pipe dream.

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    PHX Corp says:

    I'm a little leery about Stereoscopic 3D Gaming after this study, Does that mean that 3D gaming is a turn off for me, NO not exactly.

    My parents Have been around since the Anaglyph 3D movies came out, They were pricey to make due to the technology back in the 1960's to 1970's. 3DTV and 3D movies are still in it's infancy to begin with and that it'll take several years to become profitable in all Industries(TV, movies and Video games) That use it

    I'm a supporter of the Nintendo 3DS to begin with since My purchase of it in april

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    Vake Xeacons says:

    Since when is 28% or 44% the majority? 77% just does like the TVs (I’m one of ’em), and you know why? Cause of the stupid goggles! That’s also why I don’t like 3D theatre! The 3DS is okay, cause I can adjust it and, YES, turn it off when I want. That’s another thing: 3D is good for some games, but not others. Just like color. Ocarina of Time was made for 3D, but Bust-a-Move’s a 2D game no matter how you slice it. On the same note, you wouldn’t want to want Harry Potter in B&W, but colorizing Casablanca was blasphemy!

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    GrimCW says:

    i've only seen the primitive ones as well.

    one was Duke Nukem 3D :)

    it was an awesome experience, but it didn't actually have 3D, it was just the game on a mini screen in a headset.

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    kagirinai says:

    The general problem is a lack of creativity, on behalf of designers and gamers.

    Right now, the industry is looking at 3D display like it's following in the chain of 4 bit graphics, 8 bit graphics, 16 bit graphics, polygon graphics, 3D polygon graphics. The relentless pursuit of increasingly eye-popping visuals is an easy goal for a studio to follow, but the games that have really stood out as graphical power has increased is the ones that can integrate more complex visuals in to the game itself; presenting new art styles, functions or otherwise deepening the experience.

    For the most part, games that play in 3D have failed to do much more than look pretty, or present existing games in 3D. I've yet to see one that actually presents visuals that require 3D to be seen, optical illusions, metallic textures, impossible colors, or other thing that mess with depth perception or other spacial relativity. And until they start employing those techniques regularly, of course the audience will look at 3D gaming and say, "so what?"

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    Erik says:

    I don't think that basic 3D is going to cut it.  My only interest in 3D (and likely this isn't anywhere near down the road) would be a goggle based virtual reality system.  Imagine playing a survival horror game and you hear a creak behind you.  So you do the logical thing and turn your head around.  That would be something.

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