If you are one of that rare breed of AV fanatics that has both a 3D TV and a selection of 3D Blu-rays, Microsoft's next update for the Xbox One is just for you. The next firmware update for the console will bring with it support for 3D Blu-ray playback, potentially removing the need for one more box under your telly.
Futurist-minded weirdos were dreaming up 3D movies as early as the 1910s, back when feature-length films were still in their infancy. But in 1928 the hot new techno-hype was all about television: specifically, 3D TV that people could watch in a theater. Complete with that newfangled sync-sound!
That was it. That was 3DTV's best chance. ESPN just decided to discontinue its push for 3DTV sporting events, deciding its time would be better spent focusing on traditional high resolution broadcasts and Tim Tebow daguerreotypes. And that, in a nutshell, effectively kills 3DTV's chances of ever going mainstream.
3DTV hasn't taken off the way the TV and Movie industries hoped it would, but institutes like the MIT Media Lab are getting closer to developing displays that have the 3D effect and don't require glasses, which is one of the big grievances of naysayer. But would you join the ranks of the 3DTV faithful if you didn't…
LG's newest LED member of its Cinema 3D line is packed to the gills with features and functionality including native support for Netflix and HuluPlus, sharing media from mobile devices and PCs, and Internet access, but you're going to have to keep vampire hours to avoid the glare.
The set as seen from the side. That's only about an inch or so thick.The control panel along the rear left edge of the set. The ports are all oriented down and to the side, allowing for easier wall-mounting. The glare during the day (this is in an East-facing room) is atrocious. And it doesn't get much…
No, the Super Bowl is not going to be in 3D this year. Again. But that doesn't mean you don't want a 3D set. Here's the thing: The best 2D TV is a 3D TV. The burlier image processors required to render the third dimension make everything look better.
If you're lucky enough to get a pair of 3D glasses with your fancy new 3D TV, chances are good that they're hideous. So this year, I decided to scour CES for 3D specs that weren't embarrassingly awful. And I found them, in a place I never would have expected.
"Glasses-free 3-D TV" sounds crazy because, well, that would look like real life, right? The newest Sony incarnation of the mythical television feels closer than ever—almost like Sony might actually Lasek our 3-D TV experience one day.
Looks like 2012 will be the closest thing we've had to the year of the OLED—real products with serious screen size. Like Samsung's "Super OLED," offering 55 inches of mega-rich color and brightness. Bonus: Kinect-esque body tracking, too.
At least one more company thinks you're going to like Google TV: LG's LMG860 and LMG620 not only pack the company's own "smart TV" software, but the more polished Android-y dashboard as well. That's two ways to channel surf smart.
There's a raft of new 3DTVs out from LG, and they've all got one thing in common: the acknowledgement that the third dimension has been pretty lame so far. Not lame? Depth control, passive glasses, and dual-view multiplayer gaming potential.
HDTV is cool, I guess, but it's going to be hard to go back after looking at LG's ultra-def 4k display, which packs four times the pixels as a 1080p set. It's mind-bogglingly crisp and enormously... enormous. Second mortgage time!
If you have over $10,000 and a hunger for ludicrously high definition TVs, Toshiba's impending 55-inch predator is gunning for your wallet and cranium. 4k resolution is more spec candy than anything, but glasses-free 3D? Yes please.
Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and 3D technology specialist Xpand 3D are moving forward quickly with plans to create a single format for active shutter 3D glasses, with many more TV makers joining the standards licensing scheme.
Online console gaming is the status quo, but nothing will ever usurp the joys of throwing your controller in disgust, cursing, and punching your friends in the arm during couch multiplayer. Sony has a magical, magical reinvention of offline competition.
I'm already living the Philip K. Dick life. I've got the communicator, the tablet computer, the everywhere Internet. All I need now is a deadly government conspiracy and an immersive 3D environment that lets me jack in and walk around.
If you've been waiting years for a TV as awesome as the departed Pioneer Kuro get excited about the 50-inch LG 50PZ950 HD 3D TV. It might be the new titan of television.
Sony's new 720p OLED 3DTV with 5.1 virtual surround has a 150-inch screen-equivalent and costs $800. But it weighs less than a pound. That's because it's worn on your face. It looks crazynerdo; you're going to want one.