Majority of Gamers Against 3D Consoles



Following recent rumours that the impending Xbox 720 may be 3D enabled; a new study has revealed gamers’ attitudes towards 3D consoles, with 51% claiming that they wouldn’t be in favour of the technology.

The further development of 3D enabled consoles may not be a big hit with gaming fans, according to the results of a new study which have revealed that just over half, 51%, of gamers would not be in favour of the technology landing on future console releases.

The study, conducted by games comparison and marketplace, was conducted following recent rumours which seem to suggest that future consoles (including the Xbox 720) may be 3D enabled. 1, 001 self-confessed gamers subsequently took part in the study, sharing their views on the potential of 3D video games consoles.

Gamers taking part in the study were asked, “Would you welcome the introduction of 3D technology to future console releases, such as the rumoured Xbox 720?” 51% of respondents answered “no.” 47% of respondents stated “yes”, whilst the remaining 2% were unsure.

Of those who stated that they would not be in favour of 3D console technology, the majority, 44%, claimed that they simply thought it was ‘unnecessary.’ One in three, 28%, claimed to have played on the Nintendo 3DS and were ‘unimpressed’ with the console; whilst a fifth, 22%, of respondents felt that 3D technology would ‘impair the gaming experience.’

Furthermore, three quarters, 73%, of the gamers taking part in the study claimed that they were not in favour of 3D enabled television sets. For these, the overriding reason was the ‘impracticality’ of a 3D television.

However, when asked if they were planning on purchasing the Xbox 720, whenever it may be released, based on the specification rumours they had heard; two thirds, 65%, of respondents answered “yes.” Of these, over half currently owned an Xbox 360, whilst under two fifths, 37%, owned a Playstation 3.

Simon Kilby, Founder of, commented on the findings:

“Rumours are constantly flying around about the next big console releases, so we wanted to see what gamers would think about the possibility of a 3D enabled console. It was surprising to see that the majority were against it, but many seemed to be disappointed by the technology on the Nintendo 3DS and wouldn’t like to see the technology spread to other consoles.

He continued:

“3D, given its current popularity in cinema and television, does seem to be the next logical step in gaming; but I think developers will have to be careful to tackle the issues that the Nintendo 3DS seemed to raise with motion sickness and the like. Our study proves that many think it to be unnecessary, or even an impairment on the gaming experience; so it will be interesting to see what happens when the consoles are finally released.”



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