Samsung was the first big company to warn us about some of the dangers associated with 3D technology, and now Sony has added its two cents. That said, the new guidelines, issued in an updated Terms of Service, aren’t as alarmist as you may think. The gist is that some people may experience discomfort when viewing simulated 3D images, so if you find yourself feeling uncomfortable watching said images, well, feel free to turn off the TV. Nothing too crazy there.
The full warning:
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.
In reality, this warning isn’t too different than what you’d find in any Nintendo 64 game manual from 1997, that some people may feel uneasy viewing simulated 3D images, so keep your wits about you.
What may be even more discomforting than the above is looking at your credit card bill after you’ve bought a 3DTV. That’s gonna leave you feeling confused and very possibly forlorn. “I spent that much for this? Oh, jeez.”