A recent survey from research firm Interpret LLC finds that 28 percent of 3DS owners said the system's glasses-free 3D technology actually detracts from the play experience -- more than the 22 percent that said it improved gameplay.
The mid-May survey, as discussed by Interpret senior VP Dan Casey at today's 3D Gaming Summit (and reported by Gamespot
) also found that 13 percent of 3DS owners preferred to play with the 3D effect off.
Interpret's results also shows Nintendo has not fully succeeded in educating the public about the system -- while 60 percent of the 1,600 adult respondents were aware of the system's existence, only 28 percent knew that it didn't require glasses to view the 3D effect.
What's more, only 7 percent of respondents said a handheld provided what they'd consider ideal 3D gaming experience, while 56 percent said a 3D-capable console and TV would be ideal. An additional 23 percent of survey respondents said they were interested in 3D gaming to gain an advantage in multiplayer games.
Dizziness and nausea from 3D effects remains a concern among a significant minority of the public -- 37 percent reported such problems with 3D displays, up from 30 percent last year.
The 3DS has sold well below expectations since its wordwide launch this spring. 3D TV usage has also failed to catch on as fast as some had expected, with only 4 percent of TVs sold in the U.S. in 2010 supporting the feature, according to NPD.