Sony engineer Ian Bickerstaff has said the rise of 3D gaming will depend on the uptake of compatible tellies - but he reckons it won't take long.

"We're taking a cautious approach," Bickerstaff told Gamasutra, adding that Sony is "very optimistic".

"I think [3D gaming uptake is] going to depend on the uptake of 3D televisions. We're not going to spend crazy, crazy amounts of money [on 3D games] expecting everyone tomorrow to have 3D TVs, clearly. But, we believe this is the future, and three or four years from now, you won't be able to buy a television that doesn't have a 3D capability."

As reported last week, Sony plans to release the first 3D PS3 games this summer - around the same time its first 3D TVs are shipped. According to Bickerstaff, "a lot" of SCE studios are already working on 3D titles and they're all very keen.

"To be honest, we have not had an internal project to throw at people to make their games in 3D, yet there are loads of games in 3D, like MLB 10, Super Stardust HD - that looks fantastic - and so on," he said. "And that's really just because of the enthusiasm from the developers themselves."

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