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Taking NBA 2K11 To The Next Level – 3D

Ronnie Singh's Avatar Posted by Ronnie Singh on Nov 16, 2010 // Sr. Community Manager, 2K Games

Hey all!

Ronnie2K here back again to discuss all things NBA 2K11. If you missed my last submission on the PlayStation.Blog where I discussed the Move along with a background on all the great features 2K11 has to offer, you can catch it here. If you ever have feedback on a feature, don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter and make sure to follow us on Facebook if you are a fan of the franchise.

Several weeks after launch, fans everywhere are still buzzing about the return of Michael Jordan to the video game basketball landscape. The extremely remarkable reviews have been pouring in calling NBA 2K11 “the greatest sports game of this generation” and getting a 9.5 from IGN. We introduced great features like The Jordan Challenge, where you can play in 10 of MJ’s most iconic games, MJ: Creating a Legend, where you can bring MJ onto any modern team, and the revamped My Career Mode where you live the life of an NBA Star, participating in Press Conferences, sign Endorsements, and so on. For those of you who don’t have a copy, this is the perfect time to get in and get an extra feature for your NBA basketball video game experience.

We are now taking the NBA 2K11 experience to a whole another level. Starting today, you can experience NBA 2K11 in 3D, for PlayStation 3 users who have a 3D television! Just hop on over to Best Buy and get your copy to experience an extra layer of depth (an extra dimension even!) to what many critics are already hailing as the deepest, most immersive, and best sports game of this generation.

A lot of people wonder what goes on behind the scenes to make 3D possible. So I got together with the dev team and asked them!

All 3-D effects come down to one simple idea: make each of a viewer’s eyes see a slightly different image and you can create the illusion of depth on a 2-D screen. Technology to create 3-D movies evolved from two-color images, called anaglyphs, into the more modern projection systems that use differently polarized light. Most of the new 3-D televisions use a technique called “alternate-frame sequencing” in which they first display the image for one eye and then display the image for the other eye, holding each image on the screen for 1/120th of a second. To make sure viewers see the correct images with each eye, glasses that cover-up one eye in exact synchronization with the television display, called active-shutter glasses, are used. What’s most exciting about the new technology is the quality of the images it produces. The new generation of active-shutter HDTVs let us make a 3-D game using full resolution HDTV images at framerates up to 120Hz.

To properly drive one of these televisions, NBA 2K11 must create two separate images every game frame–one for each eye. We create a virtual stereoscopic (two-eyed) camera and render the whole scene in full HD resolution twice, once for each eye of the camera. These two images are packaged together and delivered to the television as one “frame” which the television decodes and displays as two consecutive images, one for each eye of the viewer. Just in case anyone has a pair of the old-school 3-D glasses lying around, NBA 2K11 will render using the anaglyph method as well.

I got the opportunity to try it out last week and have played NBA 2K11 in 3D extensively. I have to say it’s absolutely amazing how the ball pops out of the screen on a pass or how you literally jump off the screen when going for a thunderous dunk. It must be witnessed to be believed so make sure to get in front of the game immediately!

NBA 2K11 3D

If you already have NBA 2K11 on the PS3 and don’t want to buy another copy, don’t fret. All current owners of NBA 2K11 for the PlayStation 3 system will be able to download an upgrade to enable their game to play in 3D for free from the PlayStation Store, January 2011. Make sure you’re on the lookout at the turn of the year. Before that time, we will have a game update scheduled (within the next few weeks) for small fixes to look forward to.

I want to thank the people at PlayStation for giving me this time to tell you more about NBA 2K11. Let me remind you to follow us on Facebook to see the most new and exclusive info for the NBA 2K Franchise. Thanks for reading!


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+ Kchow23 on November 16th, 2010 at 6:42 pm said:

What about Navigation Control support? using Move + Dualshock isnt much fun

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    + Ronnie Singh on November 16th, 2010 at 9:00 pm said:

    Yeah unfortunately, we couldn’t get the Navigation controller in there this year. Came up a little late in the cycle, I am sure this is something we’ll want to do for 2K12.


+ DZORMAGEN on November 16th, 2010 at 7:41 pm said:

LOL @20!
Honestly Ronnie is one of the BEST in the business! He really replies to your questions on twitter, e-mail etc. The guy really is concerned about the gamer, and tries really hard to get the gamer happy! I am so happy with the over-all game with 2K11. But 2K12 has to even be better cause EA has a 2 year development on their game. I know we are in good hands with 2K as long as Ronnie is on board! Thank you Ronnie once again for the awesome work you have done with keeping in touch with the fans. I know Ronnie knows there are trophy problems and will get fixed in the next big patch!

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    + Ronnie Singh on November 16th, 2010 at 9:01 pm said:

    Thanks D :-) Appreciate it!


+ Mav232 on November 16th, 2010 at 7:46 pm said:

Is the agreement with Michael Jordan a 1 year deal or will he be back in future versions of the game?

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    + Ronnie Singh on November 16th, 2010 at 9:02 pm said:

    The conversation was open ended. I hope we bring him back of course, but hey who knows… maybe we get even bigger? Is that possible? I don’t know. But I said that last year so the brilliant guys in VC and us in marketing are going to be looking for a way to continue to push the envelope.


+ CF3esBestia on November 16th, 2010 at 8:15 pm said:

yea, so us PSP users would like some updated rosters. a patch would be much appreciated.

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    + Ronnie Singh on November 16th, 2010 at 9:03 pm said:

    I’ll look into what’s possible here. Check me out on Twitter.


+ Kchow23 on November 16th, 2010 at 8:58 pm said:

how about extending some of the contests in NBA 2K11 to Canadians?

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    + Ronnie Singh on November 16th, 2010 at 9:05 pm said:

    I imagine there’s nowhere we wouldn’t want to have the contest. However, state/country laws get in the way sometimes. It’s unfortunate and I apologize.

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