We are very pleased to report that The U-DECIDE Initiative results have been finalized and the prize draw is complete. We congratulate all our winners (too many to list here) and special thanks go to iZ3D LLC, AMD, The Game Creators, Blitz Games Studios, and Guild Software for making all this possible. We will start shipping after CES is finished.
The prize draw marks the finalization of the U-DECIDE results! A complete report will be available on January 26th, but the press release modernizes the preliminary results shared last month. Will there be a melding of minds between customers, manufacturers, and content makers at CES? We will see!
The U-DECIDE Initiative successfully captured surveys from 714 respondents with 60% comprised of 2D gamers, and 40% of S-3D gamers. To our knowledge, this is the first time manufacturers, game developers, and consumers joined forces to set the record straight - at least in the 3D industry.
The report is free to game developers who accept MTBS certifications and committed MTBS partners. A 5% discount is given to MTBS members registered with accurate information, and interested parties can arrange a pre-order or make inquiries via
. What has been revealed in the press release is a tiny sampling of what has been learned, and we are confident the report will provide very helpful to all recipients.
MTBS just received iZ3D’s experimental glasses designed to further improve image quality for their public beta test. The preliminary results posted by members is very positive. Please inform iZ3D of your results before posting in our forums.
While this isn’t quite S-3D related, there is some hope because Blitz Games Studios demonstrated S-3D on Xbox at the 3D Entertainment Summit. Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system "recorded the biggest year in Xbox history". They now stand at 28 million consoles worldwide, with an 8 million unit lead against Sony’s PS3. Will S-3D impact the console wars in 2009? We will see...
With more 3D movies hitting theaters, it is growing clear that studios are looking for interesting ways to premarket their films in a way that helps convey the benefits of 3D.
Dreamworks Animation is first at the gate with a strategic partnership with ColorCode 3-D. According to Associated Press, an estimated 150 million 3D glasses will be given away for Super Bowl viewers to watch a 90-second 3D sneak preview of "Monsters vs. Aliens." Katzenberg estimates the deal will cost in the tens of millions of dollars, and could be “the biggest media-advertising event in history."
However, Katzenberg also remarks that those without glasses will see a nearly normal image. Having sampled the ColorCode 3-D technology firsthand, MTBS anticipates a modest separation/depth experience to make this possible.
The glasses will be distributed free at Pepsi/SoBe Life Water displays at 28,000 locations including grocery, drug and electronics stores and big-box retailers.
NBC’s Chuck will also be airing a 3D episode in February of this year using the same technology. A two for one 3D glasses special! MTBS anticipates a similar low separation/depth experience to avoid alienating traditional 2D viewers.
Stay tuned! U-DECIDE Initiative winners will be announced tomorrow.
Today is the LAST DAY to participate with the U-DECIDE Initiative! Nearly 60 prizes are up for grabs including iZ3D monitors, ATI 4800 series GPUs, and video games by Blitz Games Studios, The Game Creators, and Guild Software. Surveys close tonight at 12:00PM EST, and winners will be announced on January 6th, 2008.
Finally, we would like to thank Mark Mikunas for teaching us how to create a 3D projector setup with old school NVIDIA 3D drivers. He will be writing some game reviews for us as well with modern 3D equipment. We think you will agree that he is a talented writer.