Just a little thought for you to mull over as the weekend comes to a close. Now that we have PlayStation Move and 3D coming to the PlayStation 3 later this year, it has been a much missed point that Sony could combine the two in spectacular and original experiences.
The PlayStation 3 will be getting an update to enable 3D output this summer, and with 3D TVs being announced by a number of manufacturers, it’s time to start thinking about 3D gaming – a medium that could truly benefit the most from the technology. Naturally, gaming is now pretty much a 3D medium, and to enjoy these 3D environments beyond a 2D TV will open up experiences we might not have imagined before.
So now I want you to think further than Super Stardust HD and Gran Turismo 5 in three-dimensions and bring your mind to Sony’s recently announced and detailed motion controller, PlayStation Move. A number of in-development games were shown at GDC, but one looks like it might most easily demonstrate how the technology could be combined successfully with 3D; Ping Pong, or Table Tennis.
Included in the PS3′s upcoming Move title Sports Champions, the ping pong game takes its cues from the Nintendo’s Wii Sports, but Sony could take the game one step further. The problem with motion controlled ping pong games is that the table feels much further away from your body than it actually would be in real life. Indeed, when you play them you feel like a giant playing ball with a miniature table that’s 10 or more metres away. With 3D this problem can be dissipated.
If the in-game table can be brought out of the screen and into the room, then the player can feel like they’re right next to it. But further than this, the ball can come flying out of the screen and meet the PlayStation Move controller, which you’ll then be able to hit back. Imagine the vibrating feedback that you’ll get from the controller when you hit the ball that’s come flying out of the screen. Indeed, with Move and 3D it’s possible that you could feel like you’re really playing ping pong in your living room. An experience that truly can only be experienced on the PS3. That’s if Sony is kind enough to bring it to us.
Can you think of any other PlayStation Move games that could benefit from 3D?