You’ll Need a Prescription for that 3D Technology

As we’ve been over time and again, 3D technology is the next big thing in gaming and entertainment. It’s been around for a long time, but now almost every movie is being filmed in RealD 3D and all the new TVs have built-in 3D technology.

The Nintendo DS is going 3D, as is the PS3, the Xbox 360, and the Wii. There are now laptops and desktop computers specifically designed to make 3D gaming easier. Even Adobe, the company that designs Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., is getting on the 3D bandwagon in its latest line of products.

And I’m not even going to dwell on the fact that a disturbing number of movies, like 300, Ratatouille, and Titanic are being re-edited and rereleased in 3D.

Video game makers will, of course, give this new innovation as much hype as possible. Sony’s Senior Development Manager Simon Benson has even made the claim that 3D gaming makes you better at video games.

“If you’re playing a racing game and you’re getting some additional [3D] information you can actually measure distances with your eyes, making it easier to judge breaking… Many of our hardcore gamers are already pretty good at that anyway, so how much of an edge is it going to give them compared to someone who’s only just tried a game for the first time?”

I suppose that’s a fair point. All 3D will do to you is make you better at gaming. That IS all it does, right?

Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.

SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough to allow any feelings of discomfort to subside. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

The vision of young children (especially those under six years old) is still under development. SCEA recommends that you consult your doctor (such as a pediatrician or eye doctor) before allowing young children to watch 3D video images or play stereoscopic 3D games. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above.

That is taken directly from Sony’s official Terms of Use on their website. They are highly recommending you bring young children to an ophthalmologist before using their 3D technology.

You also might want to get them checked for gamer’s thumb.