Xbox One Console isn't Compatible with 3D Blu-ray

Show of hands, how many of you care about 3D Blu-ray content? It's a question worth asking because with both Microsoft and Sony getting ready to release next-generation consoles to retail, only one has confirmed it won't support the format. No need to try and guess which one -- if you read the title, you know the Xbox One won't support playback of 3D Blu-ray discs, at least not initially.

The folks over at CNET said they confirmed the lack of 3D Blu-ray support with a Microsoft representative, though the Redmond software giant hasn't ruled out implementing the feature at a later date. It will probably depend on how much of a stink, if any, gamers make about it.

It's an interesting decision by Microsoft. The Xbox One is the company's first console to bake in Blu-ray support, though it seems odd that Microsoft chose not to go the extra mile and add 3D support, too.

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As for Sony's PS4 console, the assumption is that it will support 3D Blu-ray playback just like the PlayStation 3 does, but it hasn't been confirmed. The closest Sony has come to confirming support for 3D movies is by listing 3D gaming in its massive FAQ page.

"Technically, PS4 supports 3D gameplay at launch in North America, though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible," Sony states.

The question that led to that answer asks, "Will PS4 support any 3D content, including stereoscopic 3D games." Sony kind of danced around the issue in its answer by only mentioning games, not other types of 3D content, specifically 3D Blu-ray movies.

Does any of this matter to you? If you're planning to purchase a next-generation console, does 3D Blu-ray support have any bearing on your decision to pick one over the other?

Via:  CNET
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