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Sony PlayStation 3D display: First Look

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First Look: Sony PlayStation 3D display

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While there's some pretty impressive technology built inside, the PlayStation 3D Display isn't a very practical device. Its $500 price tag is too much money considering its laundry list of shortcomings.

Hey, what's going on everyone? I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET.com. Today, I'm checking out the Sony Playstation 3D display. Now the Sony Playstation 3D display is a 23 and a half inch monitor specifically designed to use Simulview Technology. Now that allows two players to see their own screen with the use of these 3D glasses . Now, the image each player sees individually of course is in 3D but it definitely works and it's actually a very cool effect. It also comes with a copy of MotorStorm Apocalypse and an HDMI cable. Unfortunately though, that's about all this display has going for it. I experienced a handful of disappointments with the display during my month of testing it. Now for starters, the display only comes with one pair of these 3D glasses which basically takes away the whole idea of Simulview. You need two sets of glasses for it to work and they go separately for about $70. Also, there's only 4 games in the Playstation library that actually worked with Simulview so if you're buying this just for that, the novelty is probably gonna wear off pretty quickly. Now, in terms of design, the display is actually pretty sleek but I don't understand how Sony is shipping this without a remote control. How do you do that? I guess it's good that the screen is so small though because you probably only wanna sit within an arm's reach to play anyway. Luckily then, you'll have access to the controls and buttons that are on the back side of the unit. Now, this is a display monitor not a TV so there's not tuner around back. You can't just plug in your coax cable. You can though connect up to 3 devices. You got two HDMI ports and one component input. I also like the fact that there's a headphone jack around back too so you could plug that in and not disturb anyone around you. The Playstation 3D has a lot of 3D games and they look great on the display. Picture quality is actually pretty good but when you're using the Simulview technology, things become a little (dizzy?). First off, the two players need to sit really close together so that the angle isn't disturbed which really does not make for the most comfortable of gaming environment. Also concerning how small the screen actually is. Also, it's gonna take you some trial and error to correctly program the glasses so that they work properly with the 1 and 2 player settings. It's tough to imagine using the Playstation 3 Display in a practical situation. Sony first demoed it as a great door room fit but it's $500. For that price, two roommates could go out buy their own bigger HD televisions. It's also too small for most practical uses so I really think gamers will prefer a bigger screen. Speaking of the screen, this is among the most reflective things I've ever seen in my time here at CNET. The glare is awful. Oh, it's got good picture quality. Its price in a (longer?) list of annoyances make the Playstation 3D Display tough to recommend to anyone in particular. If it drops in price, maybe got a bigger screen size and rid of this God awful glare, I'd have an easier time recommending it to someone. I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET.com and this has been the Sony Playstation 3D display.

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