Weekend Open Forum: Did you jump on the 3D bandwagon?

By Jos ยท 62 replies
Sep 28, 2012
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  1. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Posts: 39   +8

    I jumped pretty much straight on the back of 3D and don't really regret it at all (thought I don't use it much) I bought 3x Acer GD245HQ 3D monitors, just to play games in 3D surround (which I never do now of course). It was fun playing burnout for a few races like it, and games like battlefield 3 on the jet level and stuff. I'd usually play a game in 3D just on one monitor usually, or most of the games just lag like hell (which all in all ruined 3D for me in terms of gaming).

    When trying to watch movies in 3D on the computer sometimes it's more hassle than it needs to be when downloading mkv's in sbs 3D to watch in the stereoscopic player. So most of the time I just don't bother at all.

    I also bought a 3DTV which, kind of the same as the Pc, I'll watch a 3D film on it when my media server and TV want to let me watch it. Half the time something somewhere goes wrong and I just give up wanting to put my fist through the TV. Or just buy a 3D blu-ray and all is good.

    And last of all, I bought an HTC EVO 3D, just to top of being a 3D lunatic. Couldn't fault this phone though, absolutely love it. Anyone I've shown the 3D pictures I've taken on it on the phone (glasses free 3D) think it's amazing aswell.
  2. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    William Castle would be amused to see 3D make a comeback.

    3D television is like Laserdisc: a fringe enthusiast interest.
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

  4. No, up to this date I'm a happy owner of a B&O BeoVision Avant 32, a CRT from 2001 - which to my surprise even more than 10 years later provides 'a better picture' for most non-HD sources Another reason for keeping it: the build-in speakers, which do not necessarily require a home cinema setup fill the room ;)
  5. Nope...

    never saw any 3 movie either.
  6. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    When the 3D market came out my first thought was "I have to have one" Shortly there after I realized that was just the excitement of new tech. I did not purchase anything and I'm glad I did not. As far as I'm concerned it's still a little to pricy to have the gear for 6-8 people with an active setup. Right now the passive version is the most interesting one. If I have a choice to watch the movie in 3D "in a theater" I'll take it. Currently what I'm getting excited about is the growth/development of 4K technology. Currently I'm still happy with my Sony KDF-60XS955 which only has 1080i / 720p. I'm just hoping that 4K projectors will be in the 4-5 thousand range when my current TV has taken it's last breath (minus bulb replacement which I do every 18 months anyway).
  7. I'm one of those people that cannot handle 3D very well. When deciding to go to a movie, 3D is more of a con for me than a pro. So no, I don't want 3D in my living room.
  8. Having to put glasses on to watch tv seems silly to me, you have this amazing 1080p picture then you put plastic lens that blur it over your eyes, no thanks.
    Ill wait till it perfected before Ill be getting one.
  9. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I don't have anything against 3D.. I am not a hater or anything, I watched The Avengers on IMAX 3D and enjoyed it thoroughly but there are many reasons I won't jump to it.
    I will not wear goggles to watch a movie, I already wear glasses. Some of the 3D is very poorly done, the technology is still far from being tweaked properly.
    And mostly? I just don't care to have it.
    I have a large blu-ray collection and still avoid the 3D bundle packs.
    It's cool, just not something I care to have.
  10. Deltree

    Deltree TS Enthusiast Posts: 27

    I was fascinated as a young boy by 3d comics that came with anaglyph red blue 3d glasses. It was so fun to see something 2d pop right out in front of me. I loved the viewmaster as well, taking me into the jungle to view wild animals, or fun stories from the muppets in 3d.

    Now I own a vuzix 920 for 3d on the go, a 3ds xl, and a vizio 42" 120hz 3d tv. I get my hands on every 3d game and movie I can find. (or afford) I enjoy immersion in my media, and the experience of new technology.

    To hear so many people claim that 3d is a fad or a gimmick makes me just sick. I do not get eye strain that makes me stop using my 3d devices. If a movie comes out in 3d, I dont want to watch it in 2d. If a game comes out in 3d, I dont want to play it in 2d. The more people who are content to watch a flat moving picture and call it immersive, and the more people who claim 3d tech is just a passing money making gimmick, the less companies will work to get this tech to a point where it is like a holodeck or virtual reality ect.. I enjoy a much more rich 3d experience at home than I do when I go to the movie theater.

    Try it at home.

    Or you could trade in that 5.1 surround sound system for a mono speaker because the 5.1 just hurts your ears. Perhaps you just shun something you feel you cannot afford, or are afraid to try. Perhaps you feel like 3d is a gamble. I will gamble on 3d becoming the new standard, and push for better usage in software and media. Lack of support has held this tech back enough already.

    Please help me support 3d in games, movies, and photos. Art has imitated life, and life, art. You are a 3 dimensional being, not a piece of paper. Shouldn't the world we see in our media also be 3 dimensional?
  11. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    I rather get a bigger screen with High Definition then to buy a 3d tv.
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    Jumped on it several times over the years. The first was in '96 I think. I remember that Descent had support for those glasses, as well as Shattered Steel. Problem was they dropped the resolution to 320x200 when playing in 3D, which wasn't a good compromise.

    Nowadays I don't have any hardware which supports 3D. I don't play many games nor watch much TV or movies, so there's no point in it, and my wife suffers when wearing 3D glasses, which means that going out to 3D movies with her is out of the question.

    I do enjoy the effect, but I think I'll wait until there are good glasses-free solutions at a low price before I jump back on the bandwagon.
  13. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    @Deltree, while personally I enjoy 3D, for one thing there are many people who do have problem with it, and perhaps more to the point, I don't feel the need for it. It's nice, but I find that I don't even notice that a movie is not HD if it's engrossing enough, and same goes for 3D. I'm also fine with stereo as opposed to 5.1.

    "Shouldn't the world we see in our media also be 3 dimensional?" Not necessarily. The best media is still books, which are basically one dimensional.
  14. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    Seen a half dozen or so 3D movies, including Avatar and the new Dredd movie. But I still leave the cinema with a slight headache or the question of was that really necessary? In Dredd for example the main use of 3D is during the "Slo-Mo" drug scenes, which is neat, kinda like watching a mix of ******* 3D and Timewarp. But after the first couple scenes you start to notice they get dragged out, and I feel my eyes straining more then they should be trying to focus. The High speed camera work could have done without the 3D in my opinion and could have been shortened. But thats the way I feel about most 3D experiences, I rather be able to take the stupid glasses off and enjoy the movie in regular 2D, which you can't because it looks out of focus. So the idea of sitting in my home now with the same stupid glasses on just doesn't appeal. It really is a gimmick, and until they can do it without the glasses I'm just going to wait.
    Sorry Deltree, I have to disagree with you, the 3D issue with people's eyes is a damn big deterrence, luckily for you your eyes seem immune but I personally know a whole lot of people who get nausea or headaches from it. Also the comparison between Mono and Surround sound is hardly a comparison, you can turn down the volume if its too loud, you can't simply turn down the 3D, it only goes to off. And personally I'd take 5.1 over 3D any day, I like to feel the bass, the little pieces of whatever "flying" out of the screen don't add to the experience quite like it.
  15. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Hell no, but il jump on the "Virtual Reality" bandwagon :p
  16. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I went to a couple 3D movies and they gave me headaches. I decided that was enough 3D for me.
  17. I saw a large high-end 3D TV being demoed at a Costco, using the movie Avatar. The image did NOT look three dimensional. It looked like a normal background with some of the characters on an acetate sheet about a foot in front of the back plane. The "3D" effect seemed gimmicky and less realistic than a regular 2D image.

    The biggest improvements in the current HD sets over their regular definition predecessors are (a) the digital signal, eliminating ghosting, etc., (b) flat screens that do not take up as much space as the old CRTs, and (c) the much lighter weight, so that one does not get a hernia moving them. The higher definition and wider screen are definitely nice but do not significantly change the viewing experience.

    Slightly off topic:
    I would like to see TVs with stereo or quadraphonic sound and with quality wireless speakers, so that one can have decent sound without having to buy a separate home theater system. I would also like to see 26" and smaller TVs capable of higher volume sound so that one can hear them over background noise in a kitchen. (The 32" and larger sets generally have adequate sound volume but are too big to put on a table or counter in a kitchen.)
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

  19. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    Just got a new 55 inch TV and it had 3d so I jumped to the opportunity and bought Sony 3D glasses. Iv seen 3D in the theaters so I knew what to expect, but it was pretty cool. I didn't get as much of a headache as I thought. Sometimes it really does look like its popping out but most scenes appear like the actor is in a room with the wall at a distance to give it depth. It's pretty cool to do once in awhile for fun, and bonus since I got a free ps3(I already owned 2 tho haha) so the old one became a 3d and blue ray player...works out perfectly. In the end its just for fun, the movie doesn't change too much in 3D.
  20. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    To be very blunt, I couldn't care less. As long as graphics are good enough, stereo sound would be my focus. Agreed with Julio on the "just another feature" thing.
    Not worth the money as of now.
  21. 3D Is Amazing , since I saw Batman Dark Knight and Beowulf in IMAX 3D ,I choose all movies in 3D , the only problem I had when at the end of Avatar is I could not feel my body because of the immersive experience ( I never saw any Pocahontas movie before ) , this can also happen with the games mentioned below .

    I have a few months with a Viewsonic 3D Vision Ready Monitor and its like a window into the games , everything has depth a is if it is really there and being able to get inside the screen ( Batman AC , Portal 2 , Mafia 2 , Just Cause 2, Trine 2 ,Tomb Raider Underworld , Alice Madness Returns ,Far Cry 2 , Prince of Persia , Dark Void ,Hard Reset ,Metro 2033 , Half Life 2 ,Mirrrors Edge , Resident Evil 5 , Crysis 2 , Halo Anniversary ,are some of the best 3D games I have played ) .
    I dont have any problems with eyes , headaches or screen brigtness (it automatically changes to 3D Mode with more brightness ).

    For me HD 3D is the best since black and white TVs were invented .
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Nope, don't think its worth it especially considering the headche it gives.
  23. bangs777

    bangs777 TS Member Posts: 32

    Was crazy about 3D initially in the beginning..saw a couple of 3D movies in the theater..I still prefer a good movie in 2D...yet to try out 3D gaming..I am sure it will be a good experience but I don't think I'll stick with it..
  24. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner TS Rookie Posts: 86

    The glasses give me a headache within ten minutes. It'd rather enjoy a nice blueray movie without a headache.
  25. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93


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