3D gaming is in its infancy; we certainly haven't seen everything there is to see.

And Sony is claiming that their HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer is going to revolutionize the industry. It launches in Japan this November and features two 720p OLED screens, capable of both 2D and 3D images. And yeah, those images will be directly in front of your eyes.

For the sake of piquing your curiosity, Sony has provided you with the following promotional pitch :

"Picture the scene. You're sharing your television with friends, and while they watch the latest blockbuster movie, you decide you'd rather get a high speed kick from Gran Turismo 5. Normally, short of grabbing the TV remote and upsetting your mates, there'd be little to do except sit and quietly imagine the thrill of the Nurburgring at 200 miles per hour, while waiting for the movie's credits to roll…

The Personal 3D Viewer is about to change all that, however, as you'll soon be able to immerse yourself completely in a private world of entertainment. Slipping the straps of the device around your head, you'll feel as though you're sat in your own personal cinema – complete with a dazzling 3D display and dynamic, 5.1 virtual surround sound."

Yes, you'll be able to immerse yourself in your own little world; the virtual landscape before you will create an experience like none other. Boasting a "high contrast TruBlack display" that is designed to enhance color and realism, this is about as close as we're gonna get to virtual reality. Plus, with "three-dimensional Virtual Phone Technology," we'll be able to hear footsteps approaching from all around us.

It's an easy device to use, too. Just use an HDMI cable to connect the Personal 3D Viewer to your PS3 and you're good to go. Built-in controls on the visor give you everything else you need. So, how do you see this going? A little creepy? Or just plain awesome?

"Get right into the heart of cutting-edge entertainment with a High Definition, 3D picture and 5.1 virtual surround sound and take centre stage in your favourite games and movies."

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PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

That's pretty awesome. Sony is so far ahead in cutting edge technology.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Oh well. I remember trying what was essentially the exact same gadget back in the early 90s, connected to a Amiga computer. 🙂

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

Hdmi connection with surround sound, PS3 capable immersion with no telling what games might be done down the track AND using the move? I don't see it as the same device as the Amiga peripheral personally :D.

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

Hdmi connection with surround sound, PS3 capable immersion with no telling what games might be done down the track AND using the move? I don't see it as the same device as the Amiga peripheral personally :D.

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

Hdmi connection with surround sound, PS3 capable immersion with no telling what games might be done down the track AND using the move? I don't see it as the same device as the Amiga peripheral personally :D.

Mounce
Mounce
9 years ago

Can't wait to see what Microsoft will do to rival this in the terms of probably taking the ideas that made Wii U and Move and putting them together and calling it an original idea that's superior to anything Sony has ever dreamed of before.

Like how Kinect is nothing but an Eyetoy with better hardware, but ITZ SO REVOLUTIONARy!1!!

Nintendo takes risks that don't dare take a leap into the future in direction, Nintendo takes leaps to the left or right and try to act all different and use what gimmicks they can and to try to use it as a means of something 'different', though the reality of it being just tacked on like cheap motion sensor bars which are just little tiny LED bulbs in a $5 rectangular stick thats awkward to hold and the 3DS……we all know how that turned out.

Least Sony tries to aim for both the casual and the hardcore, but when they DO try to please the hardcore, they do it with risks, money-wasting risks all for the consumer and for technology. It's why I prefer Sony over the others, they take risks that are basically for Us and their future, without Sony doing moves likes these there wouldn't be as much competition and for the rivals to try to push to surpass, which then would mean a stale god damn market with gimmicky shit that Microsoft pulls out.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I actually think this could work. If you think about online gaming, there is really no problem using such a device when you're doing online gaming, since it's a one person per screen affair anyway. I think this could work well – if the price is right.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

I couldn't agree more on the price comment, Highlander.

jjlive168
jjlive168
9 years ago

I believe it was priced at 800 US but I read many post on this and one said 600 it was priced in yen and converted to US maybe some one made a mistake. 800 isn't bad although I just bought a 52" 3d tv for 1400 labor day weekend (I really lucked up LED 240hz WiFi built in, two glasses 5 yr warranty) but ill be buying this as well…I will import off Amazon if they will have them just because I want it lol

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

The first production units will be priced that way, but within 2 years, if they sell, these will drop drastically in price.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I think it could work too! I am actually quite psyched over the entire thing.
A steady picture in front of your eyes, same distance, same angles, that should open up for possibilities of an awesome 3D experience!
Add to that the surround sound too, again the speakers are located at the exact same spot all the time, making it easier to let the audio closely follow an item in the 3D space.

What is the price estimate of this thing?


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/24/2011 6:19:58 AM

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

Creepy or awesome? def awesome. I feel like we've finally caught up to the Jetsons now.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

all we need now is flying cars and wives who take all our money.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

so we just need flying cars then?

Stabs88
Stabs88
9 years ago

^ hahahaha nice

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

Anyone else reminded of the Virtual Boy? Remember how that one worked out?

Then again, the kids are all grown up with credit cards now, so maybe this will work. I dunno, but for me, this is too bulky and isolating for my tastes.

Jakintosh
Jakintosh
9 years ago

Remember how the virtual boy sucked? Or rather limited by technology? Imagine the virtual boy with HD color screens, and virtual surround sound. Oh, and games. Movies too.

Dreno
Dreno
9 years ago

OH SNAP! FMD LIKE A MO-FO!

Neuro Goggles anyone? ( let's see who gets the reference )

Here comes "The World".

Hopefully though, creepy/crazy-ass Coma's don't come from a mysteries "Ding" noise.

But seriously, this is effing awesome. I'm more than interested in this. Me-thinks I'll start saving up now, cause I bet the price tag on these beauties will be a sock in the d*ck.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I am The World, I will be the one!

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

is that dot hack?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

More crap I have to stick on my head? No thanks. I don't want my head plugged into anything I need to get up for a Coke or move around without unstrapping my head. And can you imagine the headaches from having a screen right in your eyes?

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

maybe you can get that cup holder add-on.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
9 years ago

Interesting point. Eye soreness could be a potential issue. But maybe they have found someway to limit that? Only time will tell if this is a great invention or a dud.

PANICinc
PANICinc
9 years ago

My thoughts exactly! 3D tech hasn't advanced enough to be comfortable. Even the newest most advanced TV on the market today triggers a migraine in me. This would prob kill me! LOL

Still waiting for holographic projection.

rogers71
rogers71
9 years ago

Not only do I not like the idea of having that thing strapped to my head but I also don't like the idea of having to either sit right next to the PS3 or buying an extra, extra long HDMI cable so I can sit on my couch. Not really sure if this will go mainstream. I could see this having a cult following but just not a mainstream idea.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
9 years ago

I hear about this a while back. I might look into this, but then again, I am usually in my room on my PS3 so anyone else can use the tv in the living room. If I want to game where everyone else is I just grab my PSP or my Xperia Play and get my game on. But having a portable screen that connects to my PS3? That could be fun for a trip or something. Just need a 12v adapter for the car that lets you hook up stuff like a game console or tv or whatever. I'd love to play something like Skyrim on a long road trip. But its like highlander said, it all comes down to price.

wizzardofozzy
wizzardofozzy
9 years ago

This gives a whole new meaning to attention deficit.

It could definitely be an option for those that don't have money to spend on a 3d tv and could make 3d more accessible thus more profitable for devs, possibly leading to more 3d support….If it doesn't flop.

Having some depth perception in something like tumble would be pretty nice imo.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That doesn't really make sense, you can't run the blu ray player or netflix and the game player. The "blockbuster movie" they are referring to must be on cable.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 9/23/2011 11:04:21 PM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I already don't want to wear 3D glasses. A helmet is even less appealing.

wenezz
wenezz
9 years ago

i want one but i wear glasses

Giukbulu
Giukbulu
9 years ago

i also wear glasses,wonder how this work…no point on using if u can't see clearly…

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Perscription helmets.. :/

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Oh come on, you guys didn't want to dress up like Geordi La Forge from Star Trek like i did and use that Visor. :/


Last edited by Clamedeus on 9/24/2011 12:04:28 AM

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Damn straight! Nothing I hate more than having FRIENDS over for a moooovie. Now I can SO just play games while they hog my TV.

Retarded much?

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

WTF? Guys mark this day in your calendars bacause after today, technology will get weirder and weirder and creepier too! The future starts now.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

This make me remember the fatass dude of Pearl Jam's video, Do The Evolution.

Sol
Sol
9 years ago

This would so be totally awesome if I didn't need my glasses. Then again… I'm near-sighted. 😀

___________
___________
9 years ago

yea….. something tells me you wont be slapping that thing on in front of your friends!
its a cool idea but too expensive and i can see it getting really uncomfortable really quickly.
i generally dont like having TVs strapped to my face…….

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

OLED screens are small and very, very light. This thing may not weight more than a big pair of sunglasses.

___________
___________
9 years ago

screen yea the whole case im not so sure.
if your going to wear it for hours like you would if your playing a game i cant see it being very comfortable.
would love to give it a try though, hopefully they will have it available at the expo next month.
if i did not already have a 3D TV i might consider this.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I am hoping that with time it will reduce in size and weight, and perhaps incorporate the various sixaxis sensors and a camera to allow the tilting of the player's head to be accurately captured and modeled in the games.

Aerifale
Aerifale
9 years ago

Anybody seen the price for this thing. Arm and a leg apparently :/

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Yes, and the first of a completely new product line and range is likely to be expensive. DVD players once cost more than $500, now they give them away with a full tank of gas.

Sol
Sol
9 years ago

Yup, I remember the good old days as an early PSX user wanting the PS3 to drop in price… After a long time it finally did. I got the 120. The next day they came out with the 160 and the 320 now with U3 on Infam2 costs as much as what I paid for my 120… Still the more recent drops are welcome. The older technology becomes easier to obtain as time progresses. We've come a long way from $600 chunkies, (though they should've kept b/c imo…). Heck, PS2s cost less now than what I paid for the Psone with Legend of the Dragoon when I was a kid…


Last edited by Sol on 9/24/2011 9:03:13 AM

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
9 years ago

It's cool to play with though, they had a prototype of this at the Gamescom, I had a go with it and enjoyed it, no immediate eyestrain like the 3ds and it looked good 😀

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

These 3D "visors" must have been every geeks dream ever since the dawn of Star Trek.

If the technology is ready now to make something that actually works then bring it on I say! This is 3D gaming and Move combined! This can even be the tool that finally kills the mouse as a gaming device!

(Yes – I *so* want this one to work…!)


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/24/2011 5:27:28 AM

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

about 15 years ago i played a virtual reality game at some kind of a fair or something like that. i was pretty impressed at the time but then again i was like 14.

this is something i would have to try and see the price of but it could be cool. i would be worried about ruining my eyes though.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I did that too sometime in the early 90s! Probably the same thing. Did you fight robots in an arena ring?

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

i dont remember much about it. i only played for like 20 min if that. all i remember is wandering around a virtual environment. i was standing on a giant platform with a ring around me, most likely so i wouldnt fall off. i remember wearing a visor and having a controller with an analog stick on it but i only held it in one hand. i remember more about the "console" than i do the actual "game". i think i shot at stuff but not sure what.


Last edited by frylock25 on 9/24/2011 2:01:18 PM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Yes! I too stood on a platform with a ring around me. And I shot on some robots that came jumping at me wearing a visor and a hand controller. Ingame I was in the middle of an arena. It gotta be the same thing. 😀