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CAThornhill

Why no 3D support for Xbox One and PS4?

Can someone who is a little more tech savvy than I am explain why neither the PS4 or Xbox One support 3D Blu-ray? It seems like it would be a simple firmware patch. Why have these consoles been out nearly a half a year and still no 3D?

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logicslayer

The PS4 has only been out for 3 months and 11 days. I'm not going to pretend that I know why they failed to include this seemingly trivial functionality. It has to be for a good reason. My guess is we will see it within this year. Let's not forget that these are gaming consoles first, media devices second. There's still more important functionality that needs to be added or improved. Give it time.
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CAThornhill

I guess a better way to ask my question would be is it more complicated than copy and pasting the PS3 update from 2010 (3.50) with a little tweaking for the PS4. It just seems like something one guy could do in an afternoon.
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logicslayer

While both the PS3 and PS4 are running Unix based operating systems, they are built on completely different architectures. So it may be more difficult than that. In my opinion, it seems like a functionality that can wait.
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CAThornhill

I would've said the same thing about support for wireless stereo headsets as well :-)
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alissa914

Sure.... if you don't have a 3D TV, I suppose. But if you can do it on a PC in software and it's part of the BluRay spec, it doesn't seem like it would take too long to do (especially for Sony who pretty much did the spec for MVC).
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MarkBarrett

Can the PS4 reliably do 4k?
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logicslayer

It can display the user interface, photos, and videos in 4K. You will not have gameplay in native 4K. Reliably? I can't answer that as I do not have a 4K capable television.
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cobyn

It can upscale to 4k all day long but is it going to render a game in 4k graphics... that's PS5 territory
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alissa914

Do you have a 4K TV?
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CHRISX691

While the PS4 may be a new console,its predecessor the PS3 had already suffered the trials and gremlins of a "Gaming system" and both fixed as well as progressed to its now iconic level. To fail in including a 3D playback ( and not to forget the slew of 3D games) is more than a meer oversight but a total lack of respect for the consumer. As if we wouldn't recognize a ploy to sell us a 3D upgrade in the future that would not only cost us money but utilize the systems overall memory to the tone of who k owns how many GB's. Shame on you SONY. As for XBOX ONE,since they never had the option on their prior model, then is understandable for them to offer of at a later date to ensure it will be bug free, plus I'm sure they want to see what Sony do first on the price front before they offer it free or as a charged upgrade. Isn't capitolism great? Chris Cross N.H.
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TimSeppala

Actually, if you download Trine 2 (on PS4) and set your 3D-capable TV to switch into 3D mode whenever it detects a 3D signal, you can play the game in native 3D. It looks pretty neat, too. There's a free demo of the game should you wanna give it a shot.
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logicslayer

I didn't notice that before. Good call. Also, a blogpost on the subject. blog.us.playstation.com­/2013­/11­/14­/trine­-2­-complet...
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cobyn

firmware is device specific. the bluray drive in PS4s may not be identical to whats in the PS3. Also the PS4 may deal with video output differently than ps3 since it has a different graphics chip. Sooner or later the PS4 will support 3D movies, but i'm sure there are more important things for them to worry about before they get to 3D support, heck the web browser doesnt even have touch pad support, and the UI is as vanilla as can be with zero customization.
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alissa914

Uh..... they're probably not coding in machine language (assuming that it's in C++ or something, maybe Java)..... that shouldn't take too long to do. But this is Sony.... how many players can do BluRay 3D on their own and for so little cost..... why not just do it when even a PC software suite can do it?
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LarryASilva

I am with ya. Have had an 80 inch Vizio 3dtv from Costco and LOVE this IMAX in my living room that uses NO BATTERY cheap glasses you bring home from the theater after seeing a REAL D 3D movie ... this size TV makes 3d BluRay disks from 3d rental company 3D­-Blurayrental.com a really fun source of entertainment...the 80 inch Vizio actually looks BETTER than a theater in my opinion.
The other thing is ... when the Xbox One comes out with the first true 3d game ... I am gonna buy one. Why the current Xbox One BluRay player will not play 3d movies is nuts given that 3d BluRay players can be had for less than 50 bucks onsale now.
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peter0328

Because this console generation was about releasing half-baked products and saying features will just be added later.

Then when they decide to either delay the feature updates or cancel them all together they just laugh to the bank with all the money you already gave them. Meanwhile the fanboys of the other console just laugh and say "It's your fault for buying something that didn't have all the features you wanted, don't expect promised updates to come. You clearly were willing to accept the current feature set when you bought it."
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CAThornhill

I was sad to see that nearly 2 months later, this is in the top 10 results on google when I search "Xbox One 3D support". I think I need to make peace that this isn't a priority. Maybe the new PS4 peripheral will support 3D bluray playback through the headset.
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