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LG’s New TVs Could Resurrect Multiplayer Gaming

Unfortunately, the advent of high speed broadband has seen online gaming prioritised over the classically enthralling multiplayer mode. In the same way hand written letters fell to emotionless SMS messages, versing someone online lost the vigour only body language could convey.

Game developers have relied on microphones and keyboards to communicate taunts, but these consolations scarcely animate a win compared to the in-person victory dance.

Need for Speed, whose notoriety was spawned by high-octane multiplayer bouts, hasn’t included the gaming mode for generations now. The racing genre is flooded with titles that have abandoned multiplayer for ‘network players,’ including Ridge Racer’s new Unbound and GranTurismo 5.

I had almost given up hope when LG introduced technology that could inspire developers to invest in the mode. It’s no secret they use ‘Passive’ 3D technology in their Cinema 3D range, but the technology has now matured and is ushering gaming innovations.

LG’s Dual Play is an extraordinary addition to an everyday Smart TV

LG call it ‘Dual Play’ and it makes the notion of splitting a screen in two redundant. Two players, each wearing a pair of LG’s lightweight Dual Play glasses, will be able to play their game on a whole and shared screen.

Ordinary 3D glasses feature a left eye lens and a right eye lens. Dual Play takes the same technology but includes two left eye lenses or two right eye lenses in each set of glasses. This technology will allow people to verse one another face-to-face, but with the same screen real estate you’d get from online gameplay.

Sony introduced a dedicated gaming TV with a similar capability; but whereas the Sony TV was a niche product unlikely to reinvigorate multiplayer gaming, LG’s Dual Play will be available as a basic feature on its Cinema 3D range. The inclusion of such technology gives them a competitive advantage over rivals, and could provoke them—Samsung, Sony, Sharp—to include their own version of Dual Play.

LG TVs purchased in 2011 that have its Cinema 3D technology in built will automatically be capable of Dual Play, provided you purchase the $19 a pair Dual Play glasses.

The technology isn’t out of the layman’s reach with the LG LM6700, a 42″ TV equipped with Dual Play, local dimming and an uber fine bezel, costing $1,599. Serious home entertainment enthusiasts can skip right by this introductory model and check out the 55″ LM9700 TV, but that will cost $4,599. These TVs will be available from April, although the higher up models will take an additional month or two to roll out.