Listen up first-adopters! You 3D aficionados will literally be doing flips over today's news that Call of Duty: Black Ops will be releasing in stereoscopic 3D this holiday season. PlayStation 3 owners, rejoice? Absolutely! Now, you won't have to wait for Killzone 3 to try out a 3D first-person shooter on your "it only does everything" machine.
But don't worry Xbox 360 owners. In a big surprise, Treyarch has stated that Black Ops will be released in 3D on both consoles. PC systems outfitted with a NVIDIA 3D Vision active-shutter system will also receive the third-dimension love. The Nintendo Wii will be the only one not invited to this party.
And we're not talking those funky red and green eyeglasses that you've had to wear in the past. This is stereoscopic 3D, meaning that you will need a 3D-compatible television or monitor in order to actually use this feature. An expensive proposition to be sure, but one that could take Call of Duty's realism to new heights. Already own 3D equipment and want to know what version of Black Ops you need to buy? Treyarch has stated that 3D will be available in the standard 'ol version on Day 1 of release. You'll just need to toggle the feature on or off from the main menu of the game.
Studio Head of Treyarch, Mark Lamia, explained the reason for adding this new feature out of the box:
Development of stereoscopic 3D began as an R&D project, but once we saw what the technology brought to the Call of Duty experience, what a great fit and how immersive it was, we knew that we had to develop it for Black Ops. Aiming down the sights of your weapons, flying in helicopters, rappelling down mountains, and moving through highly detailed environments are just some of the awesome experiences you will have in 3D with Black Ops.
It's not all honey and roses for the Xbox 360 version, however. According to the title's official website, the Xbox 360 version will be displayed in “side by side” 3D mode, which is inferior to that of the PS3's ability to show “top-bottom” or “over-under” 3D. Additionally, the Xbox 360 will need to be set to 720p and the dashboard won't display in 3D, since this is not a feature currently supported by Microsoft. That being said, most gamers likely would not notice much of a difference between the two technologies.
Want to play Call of Duty: Black Ops in 3D, but don't want to spend big bucks on a 3D-compatible screen? Sorry Ranters. Old school anaglyph (green and red glasses) won't be supported. If you are a big FPS fan, you may want to reconsider your position as Call of Duty: Black Ops won't be the only FPS offering in 3D. As we previously reported, Crysis 2 is also being released in the third dimension for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. This trend is only likely to increase going forward.
Does this news make you more interested in becoming a 3D gamer? Let us know your take on this mega-surprise.
Call of Duty: Black Ops shoves a rifle butt in your face on November 9, 2010, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. On the very same day, it will release in glorious 2D on the Wii.