Simulview PlayStation television from Sony is the first flatscreen that can show each viewer something entirely different.
Both viewers of Simulview have to wear 3D glasses, as the screen uses the high-speed images of the TV screen to send a different view 2D to each pair of battery powered glasses.
The “active shutter” glasses flick open and closed in time to the television’s screen updates – so each person watching sees “their” view, and is cut off from the other person’s. So far, it only works for two.
Sony’s PS3- branded set is built for gaming – the idea being that the two views will allow two gamers to duel one another without the “cheat” of being able to see one another’s screen.
Simulview also works as a 3D TV, using the fast-flicking 240Hz screen for 3D Blu-Rays, cable or satellite TV and PlayStation games.
The TV has no built-in tuner – so you need to add a cable, satellite or Freeview box to watch shows.
At the moment a very limited number of games work with the screen – but it includes hits such as Motorstorm: Apocalypse and Gran Turismo 5.
More titles are coming soon.
Simulview is only available in the US, but it will launch in Spring in the UK.