Well, for the record, I play my PS3 on a 55" Samsung slim LED, and all the games look fantastic. As of late I've been really into films and blu-rays, and really want a 3D TV, and would love to play 3D PS3 games. My TV isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but as of right now putting my gift cards towards a TV seems a wiser investment than a new game system that I will only play ONE game on. That would be Killzone, and that's only because I'm a Killzone fan, bc the graphics of what I've seen only look a couple of baby steps greater than the PS3.
Is your TV 1080P? If it's a relatively large 55" TV and you think $500 would get you a better TV from Best Buy, something tells me that your TV isn't that great. 3D is a gimmick and won't add anything substantial to your viewing experience. I wouldn't upgrade your TV for that alone. To me, the graphics between Killzone : SF and anything on the PS3 is a night and day difference. It's just as big of a difference as the leap from the Xbox to the 360 in my eyes.
bullshit it doesnt add anything. games like assassins creed 3, uncharted 3, and several others look AMAZING in 3D. having that extra depth really sucks you into the experience. i dont think there is a single other feature that can have a greater effect on immersion.
I can't think of any other single feature that has been more lauded as a gimmick and/or inducing of headaches. Good sound and picture is key to good immersion. 3D is key for a novelty experience. Good for 13 year old kids and not much else. I've heard the PS3's 3D is particularly weak compared to 3D technology on the PC, which is unsurprising, considering its methods of 3D and weak hardware.
and yet 3D movies still sell very well at the box office.... and nintendo felt it necessary to design an entire handheld around the experience, and it is probably the best selling piece of hardware on the market right now.... and pretty much every TV can do 3D now... and 3D blurays are selling quite well....
such a "gimmick"... sure.
go see Gravity in 2D and 3D.... then come back and tell me which is a better experience. gimmick my ass.
gaming and 3D go together naturally, and provides an extra level of immersion that cannot be duplicated in any other way. 3D is only going to become more prominent... not less.
and aside from all that, there is nothing like experiencing a movie made to be seen in 3D in IMAX 3D. just because it is popular on the internet to call 3D a gimmick does not make it the truth. it just makes you a tool for following along with it.
Do you know the definition of "gimmick?" "A Method used to attract attention, usually for profit."
Method to attract attention: Please look at every movie poster for almost every animated movie rated PG or G for the last 5 years. Or, watch children's TV for about an hour, and let me know if commercials targeted at them mention 3D. Then, go over to Best Buy or Amazon and look at the covers of most blu-rays that have come out and the last year, and tell me what you see plastered across the top. But it's very hard to deny that studios use 3D in most movies as a gimmick.
Profit: This is an easy one. Tell me the difference in ticket prices at the theater, or prices on blu-rays, between the 2D or 3D version of the same film. Then get back to us.
I'm not saying 3D doesn't improve some movies. That's not my argument (Avatar, Life of Pi and Gravity come to mind. And yes, I saw Gravity on 3D IMAX and I was floored by how amazing it was), but it certainly is used to sell tickets for bad movies (Resident Evil). So take the time to open a dictionary before you call someone else a tool, when in fact you are the type of person who will most likely spend double ticket prices after after being advertised to.
Edit: And a movie doing well at the Box Office doesn't make it good. But, if you still want to use that argument, do a Google search and you'll see that 3D revenue in the US has hit an all time low for 2013.
But hey, maybe you're right. I'm sure kids ask their parents to take them to the movies because the ads really sell how brilliant the writing is in a movie like "Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D." And nothing gimmicky at all about this Spy Kids picture: