Gamers might start to see double later this year with the addition of dual-view, full-screen high definition television models to Philips’ 2012 TV lineup. The PFL6007 and PFL7007, standing at the top of the bunch, allow users to see two different images in the same LED TV screen.
The technology works with the TV’s 3D integrations which splits the image on the screen into two. One user wears a pair of 3D glasses that lets them see one image on the left side of the screen while the other wears an alternate pair of glasses to view the right side. Each viewpoint is blown up to the full screen size of the TV. The glasses help trick the eyes into seeing what only the left or right eye would normally see on their respective sides, making it appears as if two different images can be seen on the same screen but not at the same time. This is a cool feature for hardcore gamers looking to battle it out with a friend in first-person shooter or racing games, and enjoy minimal cheating now that players can’t see what each other is doing on their screens. However, this technology probably won’t be as big a hit for bigger party games or its motion-activated accessories, since the more players you add, the more glasses you will need to buy. With 3D glasses costing anywhere from $30 to $200 per pair, group activities on 3D TV will be quite an investment. And it’s too bad, because who wouldn’t want a Fruit Ninja party on Xbox in 3D?
Philips’ 6000 and 7000 series also come complete with embedded Wi-Fi connectivity and 3D capabilities, with the PFL7007 featuring extras such as 800Hz perfect motion rate, Philips’ Pixel Precise HD processing, two-sided Ambilight technology and a high-gloss panel. The PFL6007 offers a modest range of screen sizes, from 32-inch to 55-inch, while the PFL7007 start at 40-inch to 55-inch screens. The 6000 series also come with a 400Hz refresh rate, built-in digital tuner and several HDMI and Internet ports. Lastly, as most gadgets nowadays can’t do without applications support, both series will be capable of running various smart TV apps such as Skype, CNN and YouTube. Prices are not yet available, but expect to spend a pretty penny as both models prepare to roll out some time in the second quarter.
If you can’t wait for the Philip models to come out, you can still enjoy simultaneous-view gaming with Sony PlayStation 3D which entered the market this past fall. Another option is the larger screen LG LW980T, also recently released in Europe to challenge the Sony PlayStation 3D’s tiny 24-inch monitor. Will the rise of screen-sharing gaming quite literally be a game changer for the television industry, or is the tech just another fad novelty? We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the trend.