3D TVs: Is It Time To Invest In One?

Some have called 2013 the year of the demise of the 3D TV, while others are equally as insistent that 3D is here to stay for luxury TVs. Once a thing of the cinemas and wearing goofy glasses, today 3D is available in the home for whether you want to watch films, view sports, or play video games.

Should you invest in a 3D TV though? After all, they don’t come cheaply – not at all! We’ve researched the pros and cons to help you decide…

If sport and/or movies are your thing…

Then highly consider investing in a 3D TV. Experts predict that sport will be one of the most popular forms of 3D content, with many games in recent competitions such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup being shot in 3D. Both free-to-air broadcasters and pay-TV operators have taken note of this, gradually working to deliver 3D content of their own, though this is somewhat limited. Meanwhile, movies are a step ahead, with 3D Blu-ray discs readily available on the market now.

However…if you’re a gamer

If you’re a gamer, you would think that 3D would revolutionize the world of gaming. However, this has proven to be far from the truth, with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata admitting in 2012 that 3D “isn’t going to keep people excited” anymore. Why? Some say it’s just too expensive, others that it’s dizzying and comfortable, and still, others that graphics are in fact worse rather than better. While the Nintendo 3DS has definitely made some waves, the 3D capabilities on that device can be switched off – and we’re betting many people do just that.

How about those glasses?

 

Unfortunately, you will still need to wear 3D glasses in order to see the 3D effect on your 3D TV. A pair of good 3D glasses cost around $100, which could be problematic if you like to invite your mates over to watch the TV together. However, rest assured that technology is currently developing, with experts believing that glasses-free 3D is possible a few years down the track. Does this mean it’s worth waiting a couple of years? Perhaps. Also, keep in mind that you can watch 2D on 3D TVs just fine.

It’s still LED vs. Plasma

As with flatscreen TVs, 3D TVs continue the battle between LED LCD and plasma screen TVs. Here is a simple breakdown of what the big brands offer: Samsung and LG offer both, Panasonic offers plasma only, and Sony LED LCD only. Which is better? Experts are divided, meaning that ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. Or, as is the case most of the time, cost.

The verdict

If you’re just itching for a 3D TV and can’t settle with just a glimpse at the shop or at a mate’s house, perhaps you should go ahead and invest in one. However, if you’re not overly excited or convinced yet, then feel free to wait. It’s likely that the next few years will see more models being released, prices falling, and a wider range of content available, all serving to cater to a wider audience. We’re quite excited ourselves to see what awaits!

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Lucy Holmes is a university student and freelance writer who is interested in technology and its new developments. She’s relieved to know that Flexirent can help her if she runs into any technology drama.