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Sony To Introduce 24-inch 3D Playstation Monitor

Sony will sell a Playstation branded 24-inch 3D monitor complete with a pair of 3D glasses, an HDMI cable and a copy of Resistance 3, the company announced at E3 earlier today.

The peripheral - which has a weird curvy design - will be available this autumn in Japan, America, Europe and other Asian countries. The suggested retail price for America is $499.99 while extra 3D glasses will carry a SRP of $69.99 in the US.

Sony says that the full HD screen - known as the CECH-ZED1 - will offer a quad-speed frame sequential display technology which will minimise crosstalk distortion which helps to deliver "stunningly realistic 3D viewing experiences".

The screen, which is a mere 35mm thick, uses edge-LED lighting and even comes with integrated two channel speakers and one subwoofer on the backside of the screen.

Other specs include two HDMI ports, component, RGB, headphone out and 3.5mm mini jack. Unfortunately you won't be able to use it as a television as it doesn't have a built in tuner or a remote control (available optionally).

We are a bit disappointed that the monitor doesn't offer a deeper integration with the Playstation 3 console, even one with a built-in PS3. A while back, Sony unveiled a 22-inch television with a built in PS2 gaming console, the Sony Bravia KDL22PX300, which retailed at £200.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.