If there is one thing we could say about LG, it’s that they are the kings of bundling, and have made some great relationships to help take advantage of mobile 3D gaming with their platform. In preparation for their Optimus 3D Max, LG’s press release promotes the following:
Assassin’s Creed 3D, Dungeon Hunter 2 3D, James Cameron’s Avatar 3D, N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance 3D, Shrek Kart 3D, BackStab 3D, Fishing Kings 3D, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D, Shadow Guardian 3D and Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos and Splinter Cell 3D will be available through LG Smart World and will be optimized to take full advantage of the cutting-edge mobile technology in the LG Optimus 3D Max. Equipped with true 3D entertainment features with improved 2D-3D compatibility configuration, users can fully enjoy a 3D experience without 3D glasses. Users will also have the ability to convert Google Earth, Google Maps and other road views into 3D using the enhanced 3D Converter. Furthermore, 3D photos and videos captured by the Optimus 3D Max can be viewed in a single-screen mode in 2D and easily be toggled between 2D and 3D using the 3D Hot Key mounted on the side of the phone.
This biggest risk factor with LG is that while their core product brand can usually be counted on for updates or marketing commitments, the same can’t be said for their third party offshoots. When smartphones are sold through third party (e.g. a wireless carrier), they have a lot of red tape to go through to have their OS’s customized with branding and unique look. For example, while the original Optimus 3D has been updated with new firmware and enhanced 3D features, the LG Thrill 4G (AT&T’s Optimus 3D) hasn’t had a single firmware update since launch, and still hasn’t received the 2D/3D game drivers. What does this mean for the Optimus 3D Max? We will have to wait and see!