The upcoming PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D compatible first person shooter from Insomniac Games won’t be included in the PlayStation 3D display bundle after all. Contrary to what was announced during last E3, MotorStorm: Apocalypse will be bundled instead.
The announcement comes from Insomniac Games via its Twitter and Facebook accounts, and is corroborated by the updated, official PlayStation 3D display product page.
Reasons of this change of mind are currently unknown, but one can guess an old game which didn’t sell much is better suited as a giveaway than a new one which will likely sell more at full price. From Sony’s perspective, that is.
Maybe there is more to it. Perhaps MotorStorm: Apocalypse is a better showcase for stereoscopic 3D than Resistance 3 (with its sub-HD resolution…) and therefore is a better testimonial for the 3D qualities Sony wants to get across with this display. Who knows? Still a pity tho, since Resistance 3 would have doubled as a pretty competent PlayStation Move promoter as well.
Whatever the reasons behind this bundle swap, that’s not the only modification to the original release plan. Going by the updated product page FAQ, it looks like the PlayStation 3D display won’t ship in September, as initially expected, but rather in November. (Oddly enough, Amazon.com has it scheduled for December 31)
As for the display characteristics, the price and the extra goodies, those seem unchanged. The PlayStation 3D display will still come with its (now properly branded) “SimulView” technology (which allows two players to enjoy full screen HD visuals in local 2 players games which would normally split the screen in half), a pair of universal active shutter glasses and an HDMI cable, all for the (now slightly less tempting) $499 MSRP.
About the glasses, the above mentioned product page now lists the other manufacturers’ displays they will be compatible with. Besides the Sony ones, you’ll apparently be able to use those glasses in conjunction with active shutter 3D TVs made by Samsung, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Sharp. Mind you this compatibility doesn’t cover the SimulView feature, which is of course exclusive to the PlayStation 3D display.
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