Sony Warns of Possible 3D Health Risks

A new warning has appeared on Sony’s online Terms of Service, that warns users of a few potential pitfalls to enjoying 3D gaming.

First spotted by Joystiq, the new terms read:

“Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.

“SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough to allow any feelings of discomfort to subside. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

“The vision of young children (especially those under six years old) is still under development. SCEA recommends that you consult your doctor (such as a pediatrician or eye doctor) before allowing young children to watch 3D video images or play stereoscopic 3D games. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above.”

Earlier this year, Samsung released a similar set of warnings that warned against:

“(1) altered vision; (2)lightheadedness; (3) dizziness; (4) involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching; (5) confusion; (6) nausea; (7) loss of awareness; (8) convulsions; (9) cramps; and/ or (10) disorientation,” the Samsung’s press release said.

It is worth noting that manufacturers frequently list any and all potential concerns with any technology to avoid potential lawsuits, but with the current generation of 3D technology still in its infancy, it is worth noting.

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