PlayStation 3D Display extraordinary but expensive

I rarely review expensive video game peripherals, because doing so makes companies think I’m a tech critic, and then they mail me gear, unsolicited.

Maybe receiving such free stuff sounds awesome to you. But it’s seldom useful. So dear game companies: Don’t mail me luxury peripherals. Thanks.

Now that I have that out of the way, let’s take a look at the extraordinary, yet imperfect, $400 PlayStation 3D Display. This is a video monitor designed for the PS 3.

There’s only one reason I’m reviewing it: The monitor comes with a technology called SimulView. It lets two people (wearing 3-D glasses) view two different, full-screen images while gaming at the same time.

So let’s say you and a friend are playing the racing game “MotorStorm: Apocalypse.” You will see a full screen of the game as it progresses for your motorcycle. Your friend will see a full screen of the game as it progresses for his motorcycle. You won’t see each other’s race.

This is incredible — sidestepping crappy split-screen gaming.

But here’s the catch: As of now, only four games on the market work in SimulView: “MotorStorm: Apocalypse,” “Gran Turismo 5,” “Killzone 3” and “Super Stardust HD.”

You can play 2-D games, plus 3-D games, such as “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception,” “Killzone 3” and “NBA 2K12.”

You can watch 3-D and 2-D Blu-ray movies and DVDs, plus stream Netflix via PlayStation Network.

And two high-definition multimedia interface slots let you connect a PC or cable/satellite box, but there’s no coaxial hookup.

This PS 3D Display is high tech, featuring a resolution of 1080p/240Hz.

It comes bundled with an HDMI cable, a pair of 3-D glasses (rechargeable batteries clock in at 30 hours) and a copy of “MotorStorm: Apocalypse.”

Extra glasses fetch $70 each (ouch).

The screen is just 24 inches. Pro: It takes up little space, and it’s easy to move around. Con: You sit close to the screen to make it worth viewing.

The sound system is fine, though I plugged my Logitech speakers and subwoofer ($100) into the sole earplug hole to make the sound bigger.

It took me about 15 minutes to hook it all up — the monitor, glasses and my Logitech speakers.

It doesn’t come with a remote control, just a few buttons. But if you own a PS 3 TV remote ($25), it will be compatible.

Biggest drawback: If you hate screen glare, beware. Even in an almost lightless room, the screen of my PS 3D Display reflects the slightest light source.

Bottom line: This is an interesting secondary video monitor if you’re a serious gamer with $470 to burn for a 24-inch, glare-y screen that plays just four games in SimulView, but has awesome 2-D and 3-D resolution for games, movies and TV.

That would not have enticed me to drop $400 on it, but Sony mailed it to me unsolicited, and I like it, except for the glare, so there you go.

(PlayStation 3D Display by Sony retails for $400 — Plays intuitively. Looks great, except for screen glare. Three and one-half out of four stars.)

Contact Doug Elfman at delfman@ He blogs at

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