Hands-on with Killzone 3... in 3D
- Posted August 3rd, 2010 at 01:23 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 19 Comments
Before we publish our hands-on preview of Killzone 3, we thought we’d fill you in on our 3D experience of Guerilla Games' pulsating first-person shooter. At the recent PS3 Beta Event in Birmingham, we played Killzone 3 on a Sony Bravia TV - a 40” KDL-HX803 to be precise, which sports a 1080p, 200Hz screen and costs around £1,400 GBP. We wore a pair of £100 3D Active Shutter Glasses (TDG-BR100B), which were very comfortable to wear, sporting adjustable settings to fit faces of all shapes and sizes. They were so comfortable, in fact, that within 10 minutes of playing we’d forgotten we even had them on and contrary to what we thought might be the case, we didn't feel silly one bit.
Killzone 3 is still being optimized for 3D, we’re told, so during our hands-on time with the three demo levels we were apparently not getting the "finished experience." We’re happy about that, because though 3D undoubtedly added some depth of field to the action in our Killzone 3 experience, allowing us to spot enemies a bit quicker at a distance, things weren’t literally popping out of the screen as they were when we saw Gran Turismo 5 and Motorstorm Apocalypse in 3D. At the event, Killzone 3D showcased what seemed to be a more subtle 3D experience and chat at the event from other reporters pretty much echoed those thoughts.
The Helghast did appear more vividly and defined on screen, and as a result the experience was marginally more immersive than without the 3D glasses, but certainly nothing to jump up and down about. There was one particular moment in 3D that did really stand out, which we're sure we'll be doing a lot more of when the game is released. Executing a Helghast at close quarters by stabbing him in the eye and watching him writhe in all his full 3D glory was very impressive, so much so that we do admit to letting out a little squeal of delight. Killzone 3 in 3D hasn't left us feeling totally inspired by the technology and as it stands hasn't encouraged us to make such a huge investment of money on a new TV, but there's still plenty of time to see how it evolves.
Look for more coverage soon.
- 8:30pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
Well glad to know they are working on it. I want it to be the awe inspiring experience it supposed to be.
- 8:46pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
It's still in pre-alpha, I don't even expect it to look as good as it does, 3D or not.
- 9:07pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
Can't wait! Looks awesome and you know they are going to cover all the details. #PS3MOVE!
- 9:31pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
@ 2 you contradicted yourself. You concede to the fact that its pre alpha (therefore admonishing that it is still in an unfinished state) and yet you turn around and say you dont expect it to look good 3d or not? That makes no sense. Please clarify.
- 10:37pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
They need to stop working on 4D so hard. Their not going to get people in huge numbers to buy into 3D televison as gamers until maybe late 2011 middle of 2012. It's annoying because as much as they say it isn't taking away from the regular experience it probably is. The time they're using to enhance 3d they could be working on co-op or better framerate or something.
- 10:43pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
@5 lol that VERY wishful thinking. people wont be getting 3d tvs in high numbers for years. saying that they will next year is quite a schlep.
- 11:15pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
ya'll need to stop b-itchin about 3D and its not there for you only
- 11:23pm EDT - August 2nd, 2010
I don't mind 3D as long as you can still play the game on a normal HD TV, but co-op would be even better!
- 1:18am EDT - August 3rd, 2010
@ 4 What 2 meant was that because the version is Pre-Alpha he doesn't expect it to look as good as it will when it is finished, 3D or not. (At least that was my interpretation).
Anyway, I'm very excited for this game. Looking forward to it immensely.
- 1:37am EDT - August 3rd, 2010
I really am getting tired of hearing about 3D. We all know it's coming. We all know that it's being pushed as the latest and greatest new gaming experience. That being said, it's not going to be as big as they want it to be for quite some time. I'm sure those that just can't live without the experience will be all over the new TVs and games, but the majority of us won't. To each his own and everyone will buy what they want to buy, but lets just all stop hyping it so much. At this rate when I AM able to purchase a 3D TV I won't want to just because of all of this premature press attention. Give it a rest.
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- 4:25am EDT - August 3rd, 2010
Its useless and LED is better then 3d. I won't put glasses and play the game.
- 5:00am EDT - August 3rd, 2010
wait, do i have to change my 32" lcd bravia to play this in 3d? or the glasses are enough to have a 3d experience? either way, its gonna be a great game no doubt
- 5:35am EDT - August 3rd, 2010
@amk11 - you need to change your TV.
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- 8:45am EDT - August 3rd, 2010
I'll be getting a 3D TV for games and movies. The TV It's not only for gaming people!
- 4:04pm EDT - August 3rd, 2010
cant wait to play killzone 3. It better get the sales it deserves this time... or else!
- 6:45am EDT - August 4th, 2010
how about they forget this 3D gimmick and get to work on features we actually want like splitscreen!
- 7:27pm EDT - August 4th, 2010
So far I have been very happy with my 3d tv. I can't wait for more games and movies to come out. Trust me by next year 3d will become a standard option on ALL new HD TVs. The cost is only about 15% more now. Whether people want it or not (and considering 3d movies accounted for less than 4% of all movies but were over 11% of all movie revenue) they are eating it up we are going to see 3d options on all newer models in 2011/2012. Sony as usual is a groundbreaking company in technology.
- 12:02am EDT - August 6th, 2010
I want 3D...
- 8:22am EST - February 5th, 2011
my fiance loves the 3d experience! i will certainly go pick up a sony bravia 3dtv! :)
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