idea behind the Eye FX 3D Adapter developed by SplitFish
is to deliver true stereoscopic visuals from your
PS2 game collection without having to buy "3D"
versions of the games. The 3D glasses plug into your
PS2 via the controller adapter, while your Dual Shock
piggybacks into the 3D adapter hub.
glasses aren't your usual "Spy Kids in 3D"
blue and red headache inducing goggles, but instead
utilize a see-thru grey (like sunglasses) liquid crystal
display that provides depth by flickering the lenses
in rapid succession. I had a pair of 3D liquid crystal
glasses like this for Sega's Space Harrier back on
the Sega Master System, so the technology itself has
been around for quite awhile.
the games SplitFish tested to work the best with the
EyeFX3D, are all fairly old and truth be told I had
not one of them in my gaming library any longer. Games
like 007: Agent Under Fire, Timsplitters 1 & 2,
Ace Combat 4 & 5, DropShip, Half-Life, Star Wars:
Bounty Hunter etc. This meant I had to take a trip
to a few rental places to locate what I could and
even then I had a lot of trouble locating the "best"
games to test this unit with. The only one I successfully
located was last years TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
which had been relegated to the 7 day rental area
of one of my local video stores. With most games on
the list having had their heyday a couple of years
ago, with the exception of Future Perfect and Ace
Combat 5, either you'll have these games in your collection
or like me you may have to try and hunt them out (with
varying degrees of success).
recommends playing in the dark which significantly
increases your chances of depth perception as you
do not want any reflections on the TV screen. If you
have flourescent lights on while attempting to use
the glasses, the flicker will be so intense you'll
be hypnotized and doing your little brother's evil
bidding in no time flat. "Yesssss master...."
Seriously, don't play with flourescent lights on as
you don't want to tempt fate into delivering you one
of those good old Pokemon seizures that were popular
a few years ago. You've been duly warned.
I took SplitFish's advice and loaded TimeSplitters:
Future Perfect. The 3D effect was extremely easy to
setup. Once the game started, I held down the Select
button for two seconds and once I let go, the EyeFX3D
kicked into Setup mode - the dongle that plugs into
the PS2 controller slot lights up and indicates that
the unit is working. While in Setup mode, you can
select between 5 settings by pressing either right
or left on the d-pad. The system will indicate which
setting you have activated if you look at what area
is lit up on the dongle. You can also increase or
decrease the 3D effect by pressing up on the d-pad.
You will instantly be able to tell if the 3D effect
is on because the TV screen will flicker quickly.
For Future Perfect I used setting 5 which for my eyes,
worked the best. Sure enough, the glasses added a
layer of depth to the environments which worked best
in outdoor settings in my opinion. You won't be seeing
explosions fly off the screen or anything of that
nature, but you will get an accelerated sense of depth.
Explosions, moving behind objects and flashy lighting
effects were certainly impressive as you could definitely
tell it was enhanced over the original game.
course I also connected every game that I have in
my PS2 collection with the EyeFX3D, but since I unloaded
almost my entire game collection on eBay back in June
I no longer have many games left sitting around for
it. Klonoa 2 didn't work at all - I couldn't even
get Setup mode initiated. However Katamari Damacy
actually did work and while the environments don't
exactly provide the feeling of depth, the actual Katamari
ball does provide the slightest sense of 3D as it
interacts with various objects. I wouldn't call it
a showstopper by any means, but the illusion of three
dimensions was present. Another game I tried was the
demo of Rygar (I didn't have the full version) and
while the 5th advanced setting gave the best 3D, the
effect made Rygar constantly run. I adjusted it to
a mode that was more functional and I was quite impressed.
When you destroyed monsters who were near the bottom
of the screen, the explosion of body parts was kind
of cool. Seeing Rygar in action made me appreciate
what these glasses could actually do and it's a shame
that more games aren't compatible. I would have loved
to have tried Ico but alas I didn't have it nor could
I locate it for rent.
has a convenient list of games (but far from complete)
split into 4 categories on their official website
The 4 categories are Best, Good, Weak, No 3D. The
games listed under Good such as the Enter The Matrix
or Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal were listed
as working, but in the case of EtM a "sprite"
could be seen in the center of the screen that would
move by itself and the Ratchet games were noted as
suffering from some mobility and control problems
when using the 3D glasses. Okay....so what's fun about
playing a game in 3D that doesn't control properly?
You can try and fix loss of mobility or control problems
by entering the 3D setup mode at anytime, but it doesn't
always work. The games listed under Weak actually
have limited 3D effect but there is no loss of control.
That's a toss up right there as to whether you prefer
to view your games in great 3D without being able
to play them or if you like a little 3D effect now
and then with full control.
glasses also work with 3D movies although I was not
able to test that feature at this time. I own a PlayStation
30001 model and the manual states that true stereoscopic
3D movies may not be possible on this particular cross
section of PS2 units. Since I didn't have any 3D movies
available to watch anyway, I'll just take SplitFish's
word for it.
product is made of plastic and while I wasn't worried
about the durability of the glasses, the cord that
connects them to the dongle looks like it may not
survive a few accidental tuggings. For those of you
who wear glasses, like me, the 3D glasses easily fit
over my regular glasses without a problem. I can't
speak for those of you who have windshield lenses,
but my rectangular frames worked without a hitch.
what SplitFish has here is something that has the
ability to be very cool, but is extremely limited
in its appeal due to incompatability with the majority
of the PS2's heavy hitters like God of War, Grand
Theft Auto etc. Again, that's not the fault of the
EyeFX3D, it's just the way the games were originally
programmed. Until more recent games are discovered
as compatible - which SplitFish needs to get on immediately
- it's unrealistic to think that gamers will shell
out a lot of cash for a device that works with games
you had in your collection years ago or never had
to begin with. The EyeFX3D is cool and it's potential
was immediately obvious when I saw Rygar in action,
but for it to appeal to the masses it is going to
have to be compatible with many more titles in the
PS2 library and that especially includes games released
in 2005. With an expanded library of working titles,
these liquid crystal specs could be just what the
game doctor ordered.