3D Collection pack on PSN
This collection is available to download through the PlayStation Network at just over £20. For the money you get the full version of Pain, SuperStardust HD and WipEout HD, along with a single-track demo of MotorStorm Apocalypse. The first three will update to support 3D if you already own them. Currently this collection is more or less all the 3D gaming available for the PS3 (We couldn't get Avatar: The Game to work), so how do the titles stack up?
Most striking to look at is MotorStorm Pacific Rift, which features the most impressive use of 3D I've seen. The foliage puts you into the world, dirt, dust and water flies out of the screen as your wheels churn up the ground, and there's an excellent sensation of depth. It's a real shame that the entire game wasn't converted to run in 3D.
WipEout HD and SuperStardust HD both have moments, with the ships in WipEout appearing to hover (yes, I know that's what they already do, but the effect is quite pronounced now), and the asteroids in Stardust look great as they protrude from the screen. Neither game really feels more immersive when played in 3D, though, and the less said about Pain the better. The 3D effect in this downloadable torture simulator isn't great and adds nothing to the experience.
It's impossible to make a blanket statement to cover 3D gaming technology, but from what I've seen a lot more needs to be done to make it an essential upgrade. Consider the cost of entry starts at around £1,000, there just aren't enough killer apps on the market at the moment. Titles like Killzone 3 and MotorStorm Apocalypse will help, as will the forthcoming PS3 update that will enable 3D Blu-ray playback. Sony really needs support from every AAA release, though. The likes of Crysis 2 and Ghost Recon Future Soldier are a good start, but I can't help feeling that it's going to take something bigger to make the technology catch on.