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The Blu-ray Disc Association released the specifications for 3-D Blu-ray on Thursday, just over a year after Panasonic first publicly demonstrated its application of 3-D Blu-ray technology. The specifications are backward-compatible with standard 2-D Blu-ray players, and disks and will run on Sony PlayStation 3 consoles. Several vendors, including Nvidia, promptly announced products that support the technology. A slew of 3-D Blu-ray products is expected to hit the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show, to be held January in Las Vegas.
The release of the new movie "Avatar" has many interested in the 3-D technology it employed. It is, in fact, the poster child for this new technology.
The question is... can this 3-D technology be brought into your home (and home theater)? Well, yes and no.
3-D technology can generally be run on plasmas, LCDs, or any other compatible tv display. That's not the problem. The problem is whether the tv has a fast enough refresh rate for 3-D. Even if you purchased your tv relatively recently, it may not refresh quickly enough.
Further, 3-D specs will be required to view 3-D offerings. Those will likely run from $150 to $200 per viewing person. Considering everything, it may be best to wait on 3-D until this new technology is more fully developed. The following site has further information on 3-D in 2010... http://highrollertoys.info/2009/12/399/
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