Glasses free 3D TV sounds crazy because, well, that would look a whole lot like real life. This newest Sony incarnation feels closer than ever — almost like Sony might actually one day Lasek our experience of the 3D TV.
Maybe it was just the partially-enclosed black bay in which Sony exhibited its latest glasses-free 3D prototype, but the 4k display really popped. The colours were vibrant, and when watching slow-moving video, objects emerged organically from the screen convincingly — more convincingly than anything we've seen before. As with earlier incarnations of the TV the overall effect was quite good enough to be immersive.
The TVs work best if you look at the screen straight on, and as your perpendicular-view moves towards 45-degrees, the effect becomes distorted and blurry, if it doesn't disappear altogether. In other situations, as when an object bulged out quickly or when watching something busy like a school of fish swimming, the 3-D effect would be jarringly blurry and distorted. All of the performance, it should be noted, worked better on the the 24" glasses-free display right next to the 46-incher. That bodes well for the future.
As you stood by the display there were lots of oohs and ahhs from passers by, and with good reason: The 3D experience Sony has created here is pretty impressive. Still from the admitedly short amount of time we spent with the display, it still felt more like an exhibited prototype than the real thing. The improvement was tangible. A glasses free future might not be that far away.