September 28, 2009
| by Steve Crowe
Panasonic has developed a 50-inch, 1080p 3D plasma that it plans on shipping in 2010 in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
The system, which will be on display at CEATEC Japan 2009, requires viewers to wear Panasonic’s “active shutter” 3D glasses. These glasses switch in sync with the TV so that the right eye sees the right image and the left eyes sees the left image.
In order to view 3D images, you’ll also need a Blu-ray player and discs that support the 3D format.
Panasonic says this 50-inch 3D model evolved from the 3D plasma home theater system Panasonic introduced in 2008, which consists of a 103-inch plasma and a Blu-ray player. Panasonic also expects 50-inch screens to “become the most popular size for home theaters.”
Sony also has announced big plans for 3D in 2010, including its first 3D-compatible Bravia LCD. Sony says a firmware upgrade will also bring 3DTV support to all existing PS3 games. You’ll need 3D glasses and any 3D-enabled TV to enjoy this new game mode. The PS3 sends the 3D content out over HDMI and then the TV syncs it with the 3D glasses.