Get ready to play all mobile games in 3D

Posted by Raven Lovecraft

The zany, spherical avians who first gained popularity on the iPhone are about to bring their anger to a whole new dimension.

But it's not just Angry Birds that will be getting the 3D makeover. LG's upcoming Optimus 3D phone will have the ability to play every game in 3D, allowing it to convert 2D content in real-time.

The Optimus 3D has already launched in the UK but won't be making its way to North America until October. At that time, the UK version will be getting upgraded to Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"), which the US version will have out of the box.

But perhaps an even better - or at least angrier - revelation is that during that as part of the update, the device will have real-time 2D-3D conversion capabilities.

Sprint was the first to market with a 3D phone, the Evo 3D, and it has garnered a lot of praise, but as with any new format, there isn't a lot of content designed specifically for the 3D mobile format yet.

Game and app developers are interested in 3D but most don't see value in developing 3D titles until there's a lot of user and hardware support. As such, the Evo 3D mainly relies on users to create their own 3D content with the phone's built-in 3D camera.

Sprint's phone doesn't have the ability to convert 2D content into 3D, a technology that has become a staple for 3D TVs but uses a whole different mess of technology on a mobile display.

That didn't stop LG from working to get it done, though. For that reason alone, the Optimus 3D will have far more 3D-enabled content available when it launches than the Evo 3D will have at the same time.