A Sony patent published on Thursday details a new technology using stereoscopic video in order to provide an alternative to local split-screen multiplayer with seemingly conventional 3D style glasses.
Essentially, two players would be able to play multiplayer locally without having to split the screen real estate. Two separate images would be rendered on the screen, while the glasses would filter which player is seeing which image. This would allow two players to play multiplayer full screen on one TV with the use of 3D glasses… one 3DTV, that is.
As shown in the image above, it also appears Sony plans on including earbuds in the glasses, presumably allowing for separate audio feeds. While this is probably not a product or feature making its way to consoles anytime soon, it would be a great step towards bringing back the old-school local multiplayer gameplay that has largely been lost in today’s online multiplayer atmosphere and networked console environment.