"going to be the drivers" of promoting the third dimension.
There's going to be a "stampede" of 3D videogames which hasn't happened yet because of the "cycle creation has lagged" so far. They'll 'propel autostereoscopic'.
For those not quite up with the lingo: autostereoscopic means '3D without glasses'. The Nintendo 3DS is one such unit championing this type of 3D as many admit consumers just don't want to wear silly glasses to have objects 'thrown' at them.
"Video games are going to be the drivers, but they haven't done so today because the cycle creation has lagged behind," James Cameron told NAB 2011 in Las Vegas.
"The consumer electronics companies introduced these screens last year, so we're a year into this and it takes 18 months to two years to author a high quality video game. So you're going to see a stampede of video games and then that, in turn, is just going to catalyse more broad scale adoption in the home of these big 3D screens."
Consumers will be holding off those expensive 3D TVs and instead looking to 3DS-style devices instead. "Video games are going to help propel the autostereoscopic (glasses free) play because that's going to be the entry level for most people," he said.
"These single-viewing devices that are engaging the person to play these video games will drive a lot of investment in autostereoscopic displays for that very reason."
"That technology will trickle up to the larger 3D displays that will be used for home viewing and gaming," he added. Cinemas won't be charging ahead though.
"I don't think we'll ever get rid of the glasses in movie theatres - not in my lifetime, anyway. But we're going to get rid of them at home because it's a different viewing model type."
"You're distracted at home. You're doing other things. You're pausing a game or a movie and going to get pizza or whatever it is. It's not the same very-dedicated sort of consciousness that you have in a movie theater, so getting rid of the glasses will be a big deal."
Cameron isn't finished in the videogame space. "I'd love to do an MMORPG experience inside the Avatar universe and I would like to see it authored in 3D," he declared. "I'd like to see people doing gameplay in 3D, so that's something that we're looking to do. But we're not active on that yet." Right now he's busy penning Avatar 2 and 3 for production.
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Games to "catalyse" 3D adoption
26 April 2011 | By Simon Priest