Here’s a prediction for the next year: the Playstation 3D.
The BD-drive will be upgraded to support the BDXL format, and the processing will be doubled, essentially two PS3s in one box. It will be expensive, but it’ll be positioned as the premier home entertainment system for the 3D enthusiast.
The reason for the prediction is this article: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-making-of-ps3-3d-article
It makes 3D gaming sound really promising, but also reveals that Sony is running into some trouble keeping their games looking good in 3D because of the extra processing. Wipeout HD is down to 720p and 30 frames per second. When Sony starts looking at making some AAA games in 3D, they’re going to want it all – amazing graphics and amazing 3D.
I’m no programmer, but it seems like a quick way to render two full-resolution images is just to have two PS3s running side-by-side, synchronized to produce images from slightly different viewpoints.
Once that’s done, a BD-ROM upgrade seems like a given. This may produce a sort of ‘Playstation 3.5’, but that’s okay. The console cycle is getting longer and longer, it seems; I think Sony and Microsoft are both looking for ways to extend the life of the 360 and PS3, rather than introducing the 720 and PS4. An upgrade would be a great way to satisfy 3D enthusiasts without alienating the core PS3 community.
So, there you go: I will make a bet with you for zero dollars that we will see a new Playstation model announced, positioned to the 3D market, by the end of 2010.