The president of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has told rival Nintendo to quit criticising the use of 3D glasses and instead spend more time promoting the overall 3D market.
“I have hope that they have a broader perspective with 3D,” Yoshida told IGN. “If you really want a big theatre experience, of course you have to wear glasses. With the latest technology, the glasses are light and you kind of forget you're wearing them after awhile.
“When you listen to what they are saying about the effect of 3D perspective to the games, they are saying the same message we are, but they don't have to bash some small part of what the other company is doing.
“I think as an industry we should preach this new perspective, from a very large cinema screen to a small portable, because that helps advancing the games and the game industry. We'd like to work together to promote 3D.”
Nintendo spent plenty of time at its well-received E3 2010 presentation lambasting 3D technology’s reliance on glasses – a burden not shared by its glasses-free 3DS handheld, of course.
Sony’s rivals aren’t the only ones to point a questioning finger at 3D glasses, however. In April 3D Gaming Summit consultant John Gaudiosi told MCV:
“Most experts, Hollywood creatives, and game developers I’ve interviewed agree that 3D needs to lose the cumbersome glasses to truly bring the 3D experience into homes. With more games focusing on multiplayer experiences, owning multiple pairs of pricey glasses will not be an easy sell to the mainstream.”