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Gears of War 3 going 3D

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I’ve played a fair few games in 3D, though none of the have really grabbed me by the balls enough to put myself in debt to get a shiny new 3D TV. Killzone 3 was ok in 3D and Wipeout HD is pretty fantastic with the extra dimension – but beyond that little has wowed me. Sony’s been pushing hard for the inclusion of 3D in games, and upcoming blockbuster Uncharted 3 will be given extra perspective. Microsoft, on the other hand has generally shunned the idea of 3D – but it looks like that’s changing.

Gears of War 3, Microsoft’s biggest game this year, will be getting the 3D treatment.

"It felt like something we wanted to have, executive producer Rod Fergusson told Eurogamer at a Gears of War 3 event in London.” It was a feature we didn’t want to be deficient in. When you look at Gears 1, it was what people used to demo HD at the time.It’s still fledgling technology. It’s still a niche feature. But it was something we could support, so we felt, why not?"

It wont be the first game to support 3D on Microsoft’s console. Crysis 2, Call of Duty Black Ops and James Cameron’s Avatar have all allowed for 3D on the Xbox – but admittedly not in as efficient a way as the PS3’s 720p twin framebuffer manner. Instead, the Xbox 360 chucks two images at lower resolution in to a single 720p framebuffer, sending each image to a separate eye allowing for steroscopic 3D. This is how Gears of War 3’s 3D will work; "It’s a little bit jaggier in certain areas," Fergusson said. But the difference is "not huge". "Instead of 720p you’re at five something."

"It was something that came in really late in our process. It wasn’t something where we said, OK, we’re going to design the game from the ground up for 3D. It was more of a post-process 3D, where we’re like, OK, certain things need to be adjusted, but for the most part it generally works.It’s great. I love the qualities it provides, the window into a world. That’s what the 3D gives you. Having that depth of character, and being able to see that separation from the reticule and the creatures in the background – it’s a different experience but it’s a really good one."

Future Xbox 360 titles will support proper, 720p per eye 3D though, something rumoured in May, and now confirmed by Fergusson.

"As you look forward, in the next XDKs [Xbox Development Kit] coming out of the Xbox, it’ll have more support for 3D or more higher quality for native support for 3D," Fergusson said. We’re supporting the current state of the art for Xbox. Moving forward, the Xbox will be able to take it further."

Source : Eurogamer

Last Updated: August 16, 2011

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