Halo: Anniversary going 3D

Xbox 360 remake of first game in sci-fi franchise to include full stereoscopic 3D support.

While Sony and Nintendo have respectively made much of their console and handheld stereoscopic 3D pushes, Microsoft has mainly sat on the sidelines when it comes to the technology. That may be changing, as today the Xbox 360 maker announced that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will feature stereoscopic 3D support when it arrives in stores November 15.

Halo: CE HD in 3D!

Microsoft has said it is using a "custom made top-and-bottom 3D technology" to allow the game to run in stereoscopic 3D (a 3DTV will still be necessary to view the effect). Attendees to this year's Penny Arcade Expo will be able to see the game in 3D for themselves as part of the show's Halo Fest sub-event.

Developed by 343 Industries, Saber Interactive, and Certain Affinity, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a rerelease of the original Halo game with a fully remastered campaign, Xbox Live co-op support, and seven bundled multiplayer maps. It will be compatible with the Kinect and will let gamers switch between classic and updated graphics with one button press.

For more on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Another gimmick added to help it sell I suppose. 3D's still around because gimmicks sell, the Wii and Kinect are good examples of this. If it wasn't a gimmick why is it the 3D used all those years back was almost unseen in any film years, 3D is dated, it's nothing new. Don't get me wrong 3D works quite well but I have a few issues with it. My biggest gripe is that anyone wanting to watch a film, game or program in 3D needs a pair of glasses to do so, that means forking out more money for extra glasses which aren't cheap. Another issue I experienced when viewing a film in 3D, movements are more blurred as are the backgrounds; you don't get that with a standard set. Some people have complained about headaches but I have to say it's not an issue I've had, I actually forgot I was watching it in 3D. Is it worth watching a film in 3D at the Cinema? Absolutely. Is it worth buying a 3D set and multiple glasses to experience it at home? I wouldn't recommend it. As far as I'm concerned it can stay in the cinema or handhelds (without glasses).

steelmouth
steelmouth

i suppose this is some positive and welcome development but i wont be getting no 3DTV any time soon (unless a pile of money falls on ma lap) so it dont matter to me

MdoRandoms
MdoRandoms

So Halo 4 is going to be in 3D but the Xbox doesn't support it. New Xbox, probably not. New software, more likely. Sony released an update to the PS3 that gave it 3D capabilities.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I watched "My Bloody Valentine 3D"?? (I think it was called) on a non-3D tv with those cheap glasses from Blockbuster and it worked great! If that tech works on a non-3D tv, what it the point in having a real 3D tv? I mean... if you still need glasses, expensive ones at that, why not just use the same tech from the movie I said so everyone can see it? And you don't even need a new tv for it ;)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Spacerac You make some good points. I know 3D is here to stay. Even smaller theaters with less ticket sales are getting 3D playback capabilities, and those are the ones who hold out the longest. Add to that the fact that nearly every summer movie -- and each action movie -- is being made to shoot in 3D as well as standard HD. My point about Jaws III: 3D is that such a bad experience taints all of 3D as a whole, and the overplaying of this non-standardized mode may be its own downfall. You mention DNF, and I would call that a perfect corollary. If enough DNF games are released, it's possible the FPS genre will lose traction. First-person perspective may not, but the shooter category will start seeing lower sales. Ultimately, this is no black-and-white-to-color transition. Color TV never gave people headaches. Greater clarity (by way of laserdisc or DVD) never required glasses. This is an optional mode, and I don't see it becoming standard at any point. Holographic playback might, yes. But 3D? Nope. But 3D is not going anywhere, I'll grant that much.

Zerabp
Zerabp

With everything else if you place them side by side there is a HUGE difference that only the blind cannot tell, actually I take that back with digital there is more bandwidth for the audio so even that is improved and with Bluray it's uncompressed; So yeah with every example you gave, except the switch to color, even a blind person can tell that there is improvement, and vast improvement at that. 3D is not only a gimmick it's a fad and it's track record is proven, oh and is being proven again, hint it's not working for the people invested in 3D.

Zerabp
Zerabp

Part one To those who thinks 3D will be more than a gimmick and fad, ask the theaters how that's coming. Than look at the sales of 3D Tvs, the 3DS, Nvidia and AMD how well their 3D tech, which has been out forever has sold. Then look at the history of 3D and how many times they have tried to push it. Then look up and find out that roughly 20% of the population can't see the 3D effect. Then out of those who can between 30-35 percent exhibit extreme physical side effects including, head aches, blurred vision, nausea and in some extreme cases vomiting, and motion sickness. Of those who don't have any of those problems (myself included) 100% if exposed too long will suffer eyes strain which can eventually lead to non congenital blindness. You're so right though this is the same as DVD (which was and is empirically superior in every way to VHS), HD and digital ( again empirically better then Standard def and Analog). Oh and changing over to color was promised from the beginning, people were waiting to switch to color, were begging to switch to color, it was not for one instant of an instant thought of or remotely considered to be a gimmick or a fad. I see you also forgot Bluray (which is empirically superior in every way to DVD). How one views 3D is subjective if someone doesn't enjoy it they don't if someone does they do.

Spacerac
Spacerac

@PixelAddict well you see, Jaws 3D was simply a bad movie. Of course I haven't seen it. Plus, that's like saying "Duke Nukem Forever is a bad game, so First Person Shooters are bad games." Watch Toy Story 3 in 3D. @COPMAN221 I don't think it's a question of being able to afford it or not, to say that people hate it because they can't afford it is just being elitist. The thing about 3D is that it's been tried in the past and people still think of the old "red blue" stuff and don't realize how much better it is now. There's also that people are insecure and don't want to look "dorky" wearing glasses-even though right now the glasses are better since you don't have to have a sweet spot. And you guys that hate 3D... don't use it? I'm just saying, it's so funny how people complain about a "fad" that's completely optional. Also, do you realize that Avatar came out in 2009? So if 3D is a fad, why do there continue to be 3D films when it's 2011? Yes, less people buy 3D tickets, but enough people are buying 3D tickets to justify the investment and that's a fact you'll have to deal with.

Scalds
Scalds

For those of you who say "3d is a gimmick" try watching football on a 3d TV. You will never want to go back. Its here, and its the future. And having Halo in 3d? Honestly, not sure how that is going to work, but I am willing to try. You can always shut it off. As long as I get 2d in widescreen with updated graphics, I dont really care about anything else. Its going to be just like the first time I played it all those years ago. Up all night. Ask wife and kid to go away for weekend with friends. HellstotheyeahIcantfreekingwait.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Spacerac Posted Aug 27, 2011 4:12 pm PT Yes, 3D is a gimmick. So was transitioning to HD, so was upgrading to DVD, so was changing over to color. @Spacerac,You are so right, Sadly those who can't afford will always claim it's a "gimmick" or "Not worth the money". I'm sure if someone gave it to them for free they wouldn't be say that.. @PixelAddict, Jaws 3D? Are you kidding me? That movie was garbage and nothing could have saved it. If that's your argumnet for not liking 3D then I really feel sorry for you. Hey why not compare the Creature from the black Lagoon 3D? That movie was done in the 50's (I think) and still had better 3D then Jaws.. Halo will look awesome in 3D and for anyone who's says different obviuosly has never played ANY game in 3D..

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Spacerac Can't agree with you. 3D = gimmick. Whenever anyone brings up 3D, I always think "here we go again... cargo pants are coming back next... followed by the goatee... followed by short hair... followed by the color orange...." You get my point. I'm making a bit of a guess here, but I'm guessing you weren't around to see Jaws III: 3D in the theaters... For anyone who ever saw this movie, either in theaters or after its quick retreat from theaters, the term "gimmick" has become quick-referenced/lodged in the cranial crevice nearest to where "3D" resides in the brain. As a rule of thumb, if something requires special eye-wear/headgear/footwear in order to experience it, it is most likely a gimmick.

Spacerac
Spacerac

Yes, 3D is a gimmick. So was transitioning to HD, so was upgrading to DVD, so was changing over to color.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

@Zloth2 Perhaps if they plan to use it in tandem with kinect but is that really how they planned on using it? I'd like to hear what they originally planned on doing with kinect. Cause not much was heard and I suspect they were planning something else.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

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demonic_85
demonic_85

The big question here is how? The Xbox 360 does not natively support stereoscopic 3D playback so i'm guessing it will require an update like the PS3. One more concern though is that running a game in 3D requires about twice as much GPU muscle and with the Reach engine barely able to chug along on the 360's hardware I dont see this happening without making some sacrifices somewhere. Reduced visual details? Even lower resolution?

snake2215449
snake2215449

Finally! I can use my Sony Bravia NX8's 3D for something.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

For those complaining about price: Sony has a solution. The E series 3-D TVs which range from 32" to 55" and come in Cinema 3D meaning you don't have to spend $400 on glasses, its the same ones you use at the theater, you DO get full HD 3D, and the TVs are dirt cheap and look great. That's what I did and I am poor. I got me the 42" TV. It also supports multiple formats of 3D including Side-by-side and top-and-bottom. It will take your breath away.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

You know I wish the folks criticizing 3D would try it first. Seriously you all remind me of the folks who complained about "talkies." And no, Clash of the Titans and Last Airbender do not count. Sorry. I can list several movies which benefited greatly from 3D, Voyage of the Dawn Treadder, The Green Hornet, and Captain America First Avenger just to name a few. For video games the 3D pulls you into the game in a way never before possible, and with the motion control features we have out there we now have the capability to reach into the gaming world in a way never before imaginable. You don't know how awesome it is until you are looking down the barrel of a gun in 3D and suddenly realize this is as close to real life as one can possibly get. For those complaining of headaches, the whole two of you, your eyes adjust and adjust quickly. There are some people who have to adjust to it, I was one of them, and it was well worth it. Play till you start getting a headache, turn it off, comeback to it the next day and you won't get a headache. I play in 3D for hours on end just fine, thank you, and it is sweet.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

While I don't think 3D is where gaming should go, I do think that it opens several opportunities for developers to create a new sense of immersion not yet seen. I wish I could afford a 3DTV just to see how are developers using it at the moment.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'm not a big fan of 3D movies, but 3D gaming can be pretty nice.With that being said, I love reading so many people keep saying 3D is a fad. Wait until we (possibly) find out that the new iPad was delayed because it's actually the iPad 3D. I would be willing to bet that 75% of those posts change to "OMG, APPLE is the best company ever!!!".

dstv
dstv

3D and motion controls are fads that need to die

Just-Breathe
Just-Breathe

Thats good for the people who will use it. Don't bash 3d until you've seen it guys, it really adds to the experience imo.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Now that I know 3D is an option, I'll wait until the price drops to $20.

zidan4000
zidan4000

what? microsoft are getting into this fad too? man this is weak.

bags123
bags123

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howie1926
howie1926

I can't stand this 3D crap anymore. One, half of the US does not even have a HDTV yet, and they are trying to sell you 3DTV's now. Two, personally watching a 3D image for more than 10 minutes gives me a splitting migraine. @PixelAddict You could not have put it any better.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Don't use this on my PS3 and won't be using it for Halo. Couldn't care less about 3D. Gameplay > 3D functionality

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

That's great for the 2 people who will use it I guess.

Zloth2
Zloth2

3D a gimmick? Maybe in movies but NOT in games. Movies have to try and make a 3D effect that works well for everyone in the whole theater. Games can take the 3D model and translate it just for you, sitting right where you are. It's not a gimmick, it's the most awesome thing to happen to graphics since polygons replaced sprites.

CommZod
CommZod

I have a 3D monitor that I game with, and it's one of those things you will be questionable on its awesomeness until you have one to experience on your own. It adds a level of immersion that can't really be described just has to be seen. People didn't think that they needed color televisions until they found out what they were missing.

RenikoSeika
RenikoSeika

Bah! Who needs 3DTV anyway, all it is is a gimick, games don't need it, FPS' least of all

peanut1229
peanut1229

i dont even have a 3d tv yet, thats like the last thing on my list

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Lot's of comments about whether or not people want a 3D TV here. Can't we all be happy that both sides of the debate have the option of playing in their preferred format? What really interests me (not enough to "rebuy" this game though) is the button-press switching between the classic and updated graphics. I wonder how that's going to work.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

cool OPTION tough i will noy have a 3D tv in at least 2-3 years but it's nice to have the option there to try it later

zaiwen
zaiwen

i'll still play this game & even though i don't have a 3DTV yet... it's not like i'll miss out too much anyway.. it's just an option.. not enough reason to dish out the $ just to play halo in 3D

Evandemocracy
Evandemocracy

I Just Hope This Game Wont Be Full-Retail ($60) Because Most Of Those Buying this has Played this Before Just Not In HD though i just hope they do what Capcom Did With the Street Fighter 4 Remakes and Charge $40 For It and not full retail.

barules
barules

Hope they are going to shorten those irritating middle sections.

maxwell97
maxwell97

Woot, here's hoping to see Blood Gulch (as opposed to "Hemmorhage" or "Scab Alley" or whatever dumb remake map they come up with). 3D would be cool, but, of course, I have no 3D TV. What percentage do, I wonder? Ah well, I'm sure the prices will come down eventually.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

I find it funny how some who don't even own a 3D TV say "3D is just a gimmick". Don't hate because you can't afford it.Yeah I'm sure you will claim that you do own one and don't like it but I have a 3D tv and have played plenty of games in 3D and it's not a gimmick. Uncahrted 3 looks awesome in 3D and adds to the game play and I'm more than sure that the Halo remake will look awesome in 3D too..

Flint247
Flint247

3D would look amazing for this game. Please make a 3D trailer for 3DS. lol :P

zpluffy
zpluffy

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HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

@20096 Duh of course you can play it without 3D. It does say feature if you read the article.

bus23054
bus23054

@ Blasterchief - "Also, you guys should probably realise this feature is just included so they can push the price tag up to $60." Eh did they not publicly announce that this game would be priced at $39.99????

blasterchief
blasterchief

Also, you guys should probably realise this feature is just included so they can push the price tag up to $60.