News: 3D can’t be seen by some, damaging to others

Kokugamer reports that Sony has issued an update to their Terms of Service, stating that “Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions.” and that “The vision of young children (especially those under six years old) is still under development. SCEA recommends that you consult your doctor (such as a pediatrician or eye doctor) before allowing young children to watch 3D video images or play stereoscopic 3D games.” It’s probably just Sony covering their asses just in case, but the whole ‘consult a doctor’ thing makes 3D sound particularly dangerous.

On the other side of the coin, 1UP reports that the Eyecare Trust (a UK-based organisation) has released findings that state that 12% of Brits cannot see 3D the way the rest of us can. Poor binocular vision leads to impaired processing of visual images and inconsistency in viewing all three spatial directions. This leads to headaches and nausea when viewing TV or computer screens for an extended period of time, and this condition is exacerbated by the complex way in which the brain processes 3D images. If you suffer from headaches or nausea during 3D films it’s well worth seeing an optometrist and getting a check-up, as the problem can be fixed with glasses or vision therapy.

Sources: Kokugamer, 1UP


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