Library titles get 3D treatment

The resurgence of 3D in theaters and the growing number of 3D-capable TVs has dusted off an axiom in Hollywood: Everything old is new again.

Several studios are digging deep into their libraries to bring both recent hit films back for second theatrical runs in 3D and reviving old classics for 3D home conversions. And the trend isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

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Nintendo announces new 3DS with bigger screen, due out in August

The 3DS is getting supersized.

Nintendo announced plans in an online video early Friday to roll out a new version of its 3D handheld system — called the 3DS XL — which will effectively double the system’s screen size. The handheld will go on sale in the U.S. on Aug. 19 for $200.

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Falling prices may unlock 3D

The prosumer and mass market audiences don’t tend to run in parallel — especially when it comes to cameras. But when it comes to 3D, they seem to agree on one thing: Price is king.

3D capture technology is certainly intriguing to both groups, but few view it as essential — and the cost of entry has, thus far, been rather prohibitive. As the field continues to evolve, though, that might be changing.

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Voice Control: Next Big Thing in TV?

While the Consumer Electronics Show includes just about every type of gadget imaginable, the star of the show is almost always television.

Every year, manufacturers roll out their latest and greatest, touting a new technological advance they hope will resonate with consumers. But for the past few years, the reaction among shoppers has been more “ho hum” than “I gotta have it.”

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PCs and Mobile Phones Are This Year’s Gadget Industry Stars

Two years ago, 3D TV commanded center stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Last year, it was tablets. This year, while both of those product groups will still be shown in force, it looks like the PC is ready to make a comeback.

The computer industry, which seems swept by one revolution after another, is back in the spotlight at CES this week, with a new version of Windows and a new type of laptop heralding the new era.


Sony’s PlayStation 3D TV finds a launch date

Of all the video game publishers, none has been more bullish on 3D than Sony. Most of the company’s original titles for the PlayStation 3 this year will be 3D enabled – and the company previously announced plans for a 3D starter set for players who were on the fence about the technology.

After a lot of dodging, Sony has finally unveiled the launch date for that set: Nov. 13. The 24-inch display will be bundled with one set of active 3D glasses, a six foot HDMI cable and (for those who preordered the device) a copy of the upcoming “Resistance 3” (others will get a copy of “MotorStorm Apocalypse”). It will retail for $499.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Initiative for 3D standard glasses gains steam

The Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative – a joint effort by Samsung, Panasonic and Sony to adopt a new technology standard for active 3D glasses – continues to attract supporters.

Philips, Sharp, TCL and Toshiba have all announced their support for the program, which hopes to eliminate the specialized glasses currently required for each manufacturer’s set.

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Microsoft’s crown jewel goes 3D

Halo, the biggest title in Microsoft’s software lineup, is venturing into unexplored territory. This fall, for the first time, the game will be playable in 3D.

“Halo: Anniversary” will be offered in stereoscopic 3D when it releases this November. The game, a remake of the original “Halo” from 10 years ago, is the first entry in the series made by a team other than Bungie Software.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog