CES 2011: Huge glasses-free 3DTVs show Final Fantasy XIII

Sets will release at retail by early 2012

Toshiba showed off its range of glasses-free 3DTVs at CES 2011 in Las Vegas today - and revealed that the devices may hit retail shelves earlier than you might think.

According to the manufacturer speaking to Engadget, the TVs will become available to the public by the "end of this fiscal year" - or early 2012 in calendar terms.

According to a snap from the site (shown below), the TVs were running Final Fantasy XIII at CES, whetting the appetites of gamers looking to play 3D without goggles.

Toshiba is showcasing 56- and 65-inch prototypes at CES, whilst according to Reuters, it will "probably launch two [retail] models, one over 40 inches and another over 50 inches".


The firm has already launched mini 12-inch and 20-inch versions of the tellies in Japan.

"These will not only be for the Japanese market, but also America, Europe and China," Atsushi Murasawa, Toshiba's head of visual products, told reporters.

Engadget went hands-on with the 4K model (pictured). The site reported that "the 3D quality wasn't on par with what we've seen from active shutter 3D but it does show solid evidence that Toshiba is making some advancements towards the inevitable".

Nintendo's glasses-free portable wonder, the 3DS, is due to launch next month in Japan.

[ SOURCE: Engadget ]