The set doesn't look like Sony's other HDTVs; instead, it keeps with the aesthetic Sony has developed for the PlayStation brand since the launch of the Playstation 2 twelve years ago. It is sleek and black, with rounded sides that call to mind an oversized PSP. Fans of the brand will like the look but it does nothing to dispel the idea that the display is a novelty device rather than a versatile media machine or, you know, a real TV. Oh, and 3-D is not compatible with SimulView, so we were unable to play multiplayer Motorstorm in its very impressive 3-D mode. (3-D does work very well without SimulView, in a single-player mode.)
So the machine has a lot of faults, but I didn't find them sufficient to diminish the initial "whoah" factor of SimulView. As a demonstration of a genuinely impressive piece of gaming technology, the display serves its purpose. As an actual consumer device people would want to put in their homes, it leaves a lot to be desired. Still, I can easily imagine SimulView in a larger televisions, branded less aggressively to a hardcore gaming audience, setting the future standard for a retro form of gaming--local multiplayer.