The 3D movement has really gathered steam this year, particularly during December with the theatrical release of James Cameron's Avatar, but it's going to be 2010 when - in theory at least - 3D will become a viable home entertainment medium. Major manufacturers at the forthcoming CES show in Las Vegas will be exhibiting their take on the 3D revolution, however Sony seem to have a head start in actually getting 3D technology into homes.
They have confirmed that the Playstation 3 will be perfectly capable of handling 3D Blu-ray discs, thanks to the powerful processor inside the console, without modification. This won't be the case for the majority of standalone Blu-ray machines on the market however, currently giving fans of new tech another reason to choose the PS3 over any other player.
While this sounds great, the fact you'll have to buy a new HDTV to display 3D takes some of the sheen off, but at least you won't have to pick up a new Blu-ray player while you're at the store too. According to AMD, who will be one of the big names demonstrating 3D Blu-ray at CES, we won't be seeing any actual available-to-buy 3D content - be it movies, games or the World Cup - until the second half of next year anyway, so we've still got plenty of time to save up.
However, while the hype surrounding 3D portrays it as anything but the gimmick it really is, it also does its best to avoid talking about the obvious elephant in the room - the question of which type of glasses are going to be adopted for home use. Will it be the active shutter specs? Anaglyph glasses? Polarized ones like we have in the cinema now or even one of the other lesser known types? Who knows for sure, but not only is the need to wear glasses to view 3D one of the biggest drawbacks of the system, there is the strong chance that different companies could adopt different viewing technologies, thereby creating another format war. As it already feels like we are being told that 3D is what we all want rather than the other way around, the chance that another high-tech new purchase could again become very quickly obsolete, may cause 3D to disappear altogether. If we really must have home 3D, this time everyone needs to sort themselves out before it goes on sale, as surely the buying public won't be fooled again.