A couple of patents published recently show that Sony's looking at stereoscopic video for more than just 3D gaming; it could take the place of split-screen local multiplayer.
Broke My Controller noticed the patents, filed a year ago and published on Thursday, that show a method for rendering separate images on the same screen, which are then filtered by glasses worn by player 1 and player 2. The glasses also look like they have earbuds, meaning players get a separate audio feed, too.
Ideally, this would allow both players the view of an entire screen, without either the distraction of their opponent's activity to the side, or the ability to cheat by looking at his screen to see where he is.
The drawback, of course, is you need a 3DTV. And you have to wear the glasses. But as something that's more functional than cosmetic, I could dig it.
What do you guys think?
IMO its kind of an expensive solution to split-screen as you need a 3DTV and two pairs of these silly looking glasses. At least they're still thinking about split-screen and not just phasing it out entirely
Also, I've always wondered why they don't just put little screens in the actual glasses? Seems like it would be HEAPS cheaper than a 3DTV, and also there would be other possibilites of having it sense motion - i.e. you turn your head IRL, and the character in the game turns their head allowing you to look around.