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Xbox 360 Goes 3D with Firmware Update

An upcoming firmware update for the Xbox 360 will finally bring support for 3D games to the gaming console, Microsoft has announced.

With the update, the console will finally be at par with its rival Sony PlayStation 3 console, which has enjoyed 3D capabilities since mid-2010.

According to media reports, the update will be dished out around the same time during the holiday season as the release of new Halo, Batman and Gears of War games.

Users will be able to enable the 3D mode from Xbox 360’s dashboard option that says ‘Enable 3D to use stereoscopic 3D in games and experiences that support it’, indicating that the 3D feature might be extended to services beyond gaming like video streaming services like Zune and Netflix.

It is also said that the update will allow users to either let the console detect the TV’s size automatically or manually add the TV’s dimensions.

"For the first time, fans will be able to experience the original “Halo” campaign in a whole new dimension as they step onto the legendary ring world in stereoscopic 3D," Microsoft said in an official blog.

"Using a custom made top-and-bottom 3D technology; 3D-TV owning fans will be able to experience the amazingly remastered “Halo: Anniversary” in a more immersive experience than ever before. Other games set for a 3D makeover include Gears of War 3 and Batman Arkham City,” the company informed.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.