One other thing to consider is the evolving technology of 3D displays.
Currently, these are
the current HDTV's compatible with 3D DVD's (Field-sequential, Sensio), the majority of which are DLP's
Compatibility with LCD displays is challenged with limitations
, but possible.Spectroniq
has a 46" LCD 3D HDTV.Spectroniq Moves 3D TV Closer to the Goal
It even has built-in compatibility with Sensio 3D DVDs.Hyundai
also has released a 3D enabled 46-inch LCD, yet has no plans to introduce its 3D HDTV outside of Japan.
And no matter what kind of 3D enabled HDTV you have, if you want to watch 3D Field-Sequential DVDs on it, one must first run it through your PC.
Other than hardware, another big aspect holding 3D HDTV back is the limited library
of 3D DVD's on the market, with no home 3D releases of big titles such as Monster House and other 3D Disney/Pixar releases, Beowulf, or Journey To The Center Of The Earth (only available in severely outdated anaglyph format)
Once a new 3D standard for the home is solidified, the big question is will you have to invest in new hardware to display it?TDVision
has developed it's own proprietary 3D system which is backwards compatible with existing Blu-Ray players, Article
, but in the big picture, unfortunately, the answer seems to be pointing to yes
, in both display hardware and Blu-Ray. Although some are saying that it would take nothing more than a firmware update if you use a PS3 for Blu-Ray.
For the 3D enthusiast (who do not yet own an HDTV), the question then becomes;
A) Purchase an HDTV (of any format) now?, and accept the fact that one will have to purchase new hardware when the new 3D standard is defined and marketed?
B) Purchase a 3D-capable DLP HDTV (regardless of price and whether or not one might prefer LCD or Plasma to DLP)
for use with whatever limited 3D media is out there today, regardless of the fact that Field-Sequential/Sensio may be a dead technology, and risking the fact that the 3D-capable HDTV's of today might
not be compatible with a new standard of 3D Blu-Ray tomorrow?
C) Hold off on purchasing an HDTV and wait until a new 3D standard is defined and marketed (and who knows how long that might be!)