Sony Warns About 3D Dangers on PlayStation 3

While 3D video images are the latest selling feature of entertainment, it's not ideal for everyone. Sony has now updated its terms of service with the appropriate warnings relating to the PlayStation 3's new ability to support 3D displays. It reads:

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. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.

SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough to allow any feelings of discomfort to subside. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

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. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above.

The warning of young children and 3D echos that of research relating to developmental vision.

Nintendo also told Kotaku that children younger than seven years old should be kept away from the 3DS' 3D mode.

Aside from the 3DS, which doesn't require glasses, an easy way to keep young children from viewing the 3D image is simply to keep the glasses in a safe place away from them.

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  • Just waiting now for the first jackass to let their kid go on a 3d bender screw up his/her eye sight and blame people who had already warned him over the danger.... Let the lawsuits begin :( Idiots....
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  • so....3D is bad /
  • Ciuyso....3D is bad /

    So is everything in todays society really. If it doesn't cause cancer, it lowers your IQ or turns you into an axe wielding nutjob.

    Its more the fact that this 3D technology has only been around for a relatively short time in the mass consumer market and because we're not all exactly the same, people will react differently (phyiscally) to the new technology. After all it does "trick" you mind into perceiving 3D images rather than actually producing them like in most sci-fi films and shows. As Nintendo pointed out there is a chance 3D could harm younger children due to developing depth perception at that age tho the effects haven't yet been documented fully. If anything this is more a way of covering themselves in case any adverse long term side effects from prolonged use does do physical harm. The Nausea and headaches are the body's first warning that something isn't right. It kinda reminds me of the experiment where they used glasses that inverted the image when people looked through them. After a while the brain adapted and displayed what it was viewing correctly and when the glasses where removed the person saw everything inverted. While their view returned to normal again, who knows the effect 3D could have on your brain long term.
    TBH I guess overall this is more protection from any potential law suit. We do live in a sue happy culture.
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