Sony explores alternative to split-screen multiplayer

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Old 24-Jul-2010
Sony explores alternative to split-screen multiplayer

It seems that Sony has come up with a solution to the persistent issue of "screen peeking" during local multiplayer video games. The Japanese technology giant has filed patents for a new stereoscopic system that would allow two gamers to enjoy multiplayer in 3D without the need for split-screen.

Instead of playing in split-screen mode, players would simply select the stereoscopic setting enabling each player to see their own character’s point of view on the television. The concept would essentially bar players from cheating and seeing their neighbor’s gameplay.

The patents, which were spotted by Broke My Controller, were filed a year ago and became available online last week. Interestingly, the 3D glasses included in the patent contain earbuds.

Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter explained the following: "Stereo 3D is all about generating two different images – one per eye. The glasses work by making sure that the right images are sent to the correct eyes."

"The theory here is that instead of having stereo 3D, the glasses each point to either the left or right "eye" view, which will be the view of each player in-game. So two screens are being generated, one goes to each player. Simple!"

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