Philips latest 3DTV absurdly wide passive 3D fancy multiplayer gaming tech

first_imgEvery kid knows that 3D doesn’t have to be an expensive technology. After all, the back of a cereal box can do 3D: just take a set of cardboard glasses, lens them with cellophane and color one of those blue and the other one red and you’ve got viable 3D. The 3D you see at the movies isn’t much more expensive. So why do modern 3DTVs insist on you spending a couple hundred dollars on each viewer for 3D glasses?Quality has a lot to do with it: active shutter glasses, which rapidly oscillate the image between each eye, just look better than other 3D, and eliminate entirely the cloudy and dark quality that passive, movie-theater-style 3D has. But make no mistake: money grubbing is an equal part here. Requiring your viewers to buy expensive active shutter glasses might lock you out of the low-end market, but it also guarantees that the average family is going to spend nearly a grand more on your television than they might otherwise have.Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of companies out there making 3DTVs for us cheapskates for whom passive 3D is good enough, but Philips has just outed the latest in its Cinema 21:9 HDTV Range, and not only does the new Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold Series TV use passive 3D glasses, it also comes with real-time 2D-to-3D conversion and ships with a 3D gaming mode which allows two players to see a full screen 3D view simultaneously. Neat!Software features include Facebook and Twitter access, streaming photos, music and video from tablets, smartphones and computers, online movie and TV streaming. Other specs include 1080p, a 100Hz refresh rate, LED backlighting, and integrated WiFi.This 50-incher looks like a fantastic television. Unfortunately, there’s no word on price, and my guess is that despite Philips’ decision to eschew active shutter 3D, none of this is going to be cheap.Read more at Philipslast_img