Sony Patents 3D Technology That Would Banish Split-Screen

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If you love playing local co-op but tired of that dreaded split screen, and can stomach the idea of 3D, you may be in luck.

Last year Sony filed patents for technology that would allow gamers playing local co-op (or versus) to ONLY see from their characters point of view, thus eliminating split screen.

Say what?

Let’s try this: Imagine playing Twisted Metal against your buddy, who is sitting right next to you. By wearing these glasses, you could only see from your vehicle’s point of view and surroundings. Your buddy cannot look on the same screen and see where you may be hiding, as he can only see from his point of view as well.

Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter talked to Eurogamer:

“Stereo 3D is all about generating two different images – one per eye. The glasses work by making sure that the right images are sent to the correct eyes.”

“The theory here is that instead of having stereo 3D, the glasses each point to either the left or right “eye” view, which will be the view of each player in-game. So two screens are being generated, one goes to each player. Simple!”

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Notice the ear buds on the glasses as well? Interesting.

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