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Sony starts selling 3D display for gamers

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Sony started selling its new 3D display for video game fans today for $500.

The 24-inch 3D display comes bundled with one pair of 3D glasses for viewing images in stereoscopic 3D. One of its cool features is that it enables players to play the same game simultaneously without the need for a split screen.

Normally, in a two-player game, the screen splits into two parts and one players looks at the top part of the screen and the second player looks at the bottom. With this screen, using the stereoscopic glasses, the screen shows one set of images to a person sitting on the left and another set of images to someone sitting on the right. Called SimulView, this technology lets both players see the images in full screen mode.

The display has a thin, light-emitting diode (LED), backlit, full high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. It uses fast sequential display technology that makes 3D viewing more realistic. The screen refreshes at a high speed — 240 hertz, meaning it flashes 240 images on the screen in a single second.

The display comes with 3D glasses and a copy of the MotorStorm Apocalypse 3D game on Blu-ray disc. It has three HD inputs (two HDMI and one component) so you can hook up a PlayStation 3, cable TV box and PC all at the same time. It has built-in speakers and a subwoofer. The glasses come with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and an extra pair of glasses will cost $70.