Is Killzone 3 the Avatar of 3D Gaming?

is killzone 3 the avatar of 3d gaming e3 nintendo sony 126  mediumBesides raking in over $2 billion worldwide, Avatar might best be remembered for making movie audiences aware that 3D has arrived. If the live 3D demo of Killzone 3 really reflects what’s to come, Killzone 3 might do the same for 3D gaming.

It’s hard to ignore.

From the moment Sony booted up the on-screen demo, the game took full advantage of all three dimensions. On-screen display items like target reticules and bloody damage indicators appeared in the foreground, overlaid onto the action. A jetpack afforded an aerial view of roiling arctic seas with a twinge of vertigo as the player leapfrogged from iceberg to iceberg. A final flight sequence sealed the deal with brass shells spilling out of a chaingun in foreground as enemies toppled from airborne platforms in the background.

Gimmicky as it may seem for retelling the story of Pocahontas in space, three dimensions add a missing element to gaming. And in a way, games look even more compelling on screen. As SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton spelled out himself, “This isn’t content that was adapted for 3D, it was created for 3D.” And it shows.

Not all 3D games give this impression. Demos of face-paced racing games, for instance, made us wonder if our brains could even process virtual worlds at 120 miles per hour, and playing with a puppy in 3D seems like a waste. But one of the first games developed with 3D consumption in mind has us cautiously optimistic.

Killzone 3 won’t be out until February 2011, but Sony already launched four 3D games live on PSN today, and hopes to have 20 by March 2011. As Hollywood spends hundreds of millions of dollars to spool up 3D production capabilities over the next decade, we look forward to the 3D gaming content Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and other companies will be rolling out in less than a year, and sampling more of it here at E3.


Print your heart’s desire: Enter our giveaway to win a free Monoprice 3D printer

We’re giving away a $400 Monoprice MP Voxel 3D Printer. It's easy to use, especially for beginners, with its simple menu system and touchscreen display. It comes fully assembled so you can spend more time printing instead of setting up.
Emerging Tech

MIT’s smart capsule could be used to release drugs in response to a fever

Researchers have developed a 3D-printed capsule which can monitor patients' vital signs, transmit this information to a connected device, and release drugs in response to symptoms.
Emerging Tech

The best 3D printers of 2018

On the hunt for a new 3D printer? We've got your back. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this list of the best 3D printers has what you're looking for.
Emerging Tech

Makerbot is back with a new 3D printer that’s faster and more precise than ever

MakerBot's new Method 3D printer aims to bridge the gap between home 3D printers and more industrial 3D printing tech. Here are a few of the tantalizing things you can expect from it.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Find the perfect weapon in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' multiplayer with our guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has several different guns to choose from in its multiplayer mode, and they're split across multiple classes. Here's a guide to all of them and when you should use them.

New ‘Stardew Valley’ content on the way, as game’s maker freezes next project

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone said that he will continue working on new content for the indie farming simulator. The developer previously said that he will devote all his time to his next game, but that has been placed on hold for now.

Underwater survival game ‘Subnautica’ free on Epic Games’ online store

The award-winning underwater survival game Subnautica is currently available as a free download on the Epic Games store. The Steam challenger looks to attract players with a new free game every two weeks.

Kanye West wants to meet ‘Metal Gear Solid’ creator Hideo Kojima, for some reason

Rapper Kanye West wants to meet video game designer Hideo Kojima in New York. Nobody knows the reason behind the meeting, but fans are speculating that it may have something to do with Death Stranding for the PlayStation 4.

Sharing your best gameplay moments is quick and easy on the Xbox One

The current generation of consoles make it easier than ever to share your gaming highlights with the world. Here's a quick guide on how you can record a gameplay video on Xbox One.

‘Kingdom Hearts III’ out in the wild, director asks for support to stop spoilers

Kingdom Hearts III has been leaked, with several copies of the game out in the wild. The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, responded to the situation, calling for help from gamers to stop spoilers from spreading online.

The DualShock 4 is one of the best controllers ever, and you can use it with a PC

Sony's new DualShock 4 controller has become a fan favorite, and some people want to use it with a PC. Here's how to connect your DualShock 4 and start using it, either with an official adapter, or unofficial software.