PS3 TOS on 3D: ‘Some people may experience discomfort’

The PS3’s Terms of Service has been updated for the upcoming 3D capabilities the system will have. Most of the update content focuses on the health risks related to viewing 3D, and even lists side effects, like it was some sort of strange prescription drug.

Got kids under age six? You’ll need to consult a doctor before letting them play 3D games. It could be worse for the rest of us, as 3D can cause eye strain and/or nausea. I’m getting sick just thinking about 3D, though most of my pain comes from the cost of the hardware.

Here’s the update:

Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions. If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.

“SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough to allow any feelings of discomfort to subside. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

“The vision of young children (especially those under six years old) is still under development. SCEA recommends that you consult your doctor (such as a pediatrician or eye doctor) before allowing young children to watch 3D video images or play stereoscopic 3D games. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above.

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