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January 9, 2009

NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision

This one’s going to be a hit.

NVIDIA have announced the release of their 3D Vision, “The World’s First High-Definition 3D Stereo Solution For The Home”. Of particular relevance to we simmers is that Flight Simulator X is on their list of supported games. This is going to open up a whole new area of fun for us!

Forming the foundation for a new consumer 3D stereo ecosystem for gaming and home entertainment PCs, 3D Vision is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses, a high-power IR emitter and advanced software that automatically transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D experiences. Designed to work with the new pure Samsung® and ViewSonic® 120 Hz LCD monitors, Mitsubishi® DLP® HDTVs, and the DepthQ HD 3D Projector by Lightspeed Design, Inc, 3D Vision unlocks crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D stereo imagery perfect for driving new experiences in 3D gaming, 3D movies, and 3D photography.

“Along with gaming innovations in Microsoft Windows and DirectX, NVIDIA 3D Vision proves there’s never been a better time to be a PC gamer,” said Corey Rosemond, group marketing manager, Windows Gaming. “By including support for previously released and upcoming Games for Windows and Games for Windows — LIVE titles, PC gamers can expect a new level of immersion in full stereoscopic 3D, and enjoy broad support for the hottest games.”

Powered by NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, the number one choice of gamers worldwide, 3D Vision is the world’s highest quality stereoscopic 3D consumer solution, consisting of:

  • High-Tech, Wireless Active Shutter Glasses
    • Designed with top-of-the-line optics to deliver 2X the resolution per eye and ultra-wide viewing angles versus passive glasses. Comfortable to wear and modeled after modern sunglasses, offering a stylish and lightweight alternative to traditional 3D glasses. Fully untethered solution, offering free range of motion and up to 20 feet of wireless 3D viewing.
  • USB-based, High Power IR Emitter
    • Transmits data directly to active shutter glasses within a 20 foot radius and contains an easy to use real-time 3D adjustment dial.
  • Maximum Display Flexibility
    • Designed for pure ViewSonic and Samsung 120 Hz LCD monitors, Mitsubishi DLP 1080p HDTVs, and DepthQ HD 3D projectors, unlocking crystal-clear, flicker-free stereoscopic 3D gaming for multiple viewing solutions.
  • Out of the Box Game Compatibility
    • Advanced NVIDIA software automatically converts over 300 games to work in 3D stereo out of the box, without the need for special game patches. In addition, NVIDIA’s “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played” program ensures that future games will support 3D Vision. 3D Vision is also the only stereoscopic 3D gaming solution to fully support NVIDIA SLI®, NVIDIA PhysXTM, and Microsoft® DirectX® 10 technologies.
  • Extended Usability On a Single Charge
    • A single charge using a standard USB cable enables over 40 hours of continuous 3D stereoscopic gaming. Intelligent circuit design built into the glasses automatically shuts the glasses off after 10 minutes of inactivity to preserve battery life.
  • Support for 3D Stereo Photography and Movies
    • Includes a free 3D Vision viewer which allows consumers to take in-game screenshots and view them in 3D stereo, or import and view stereoscopic pictures and movies from a variety of different capture sources and online web photo galleries.

I’m hoping that support will soon be available for other flight sims and will keep you posted if I hear anything.

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Gabor April 11, 2009 at 10:48 am

I got tired of 3d. I am a 3d enthusiast from the early 90s. I remember the spectacular experience on my 14 inch monitor, Pentium 150, Descent 1 and 2, LCDBIOS and a cheap LCD stereoglass combination. I expected a “3d revolution”. It didn’t come. I got new glasses, new computers, 3d became a chore, needed the fixes, the patches, etc. , but it was still a lot of fun. Last year (2008) I got a quad core, 4 Gig RAM, Geforce 8800 GTS videocard with 640 mb onboard memory, the latest Samsung LCD flat monitor and……and it didn’t even give a chance to install any of my 3d glasses, it didn’t even have an option to use other than anaglyph. Give me a break. Now nVidia expects me to buy yet another glass (I have a bunch already) another monitor, download more drivers, god only knows with what kind of side effects.

Sorry. I love 3d, but I will wait until an established, stable technology and popularity will come around. If the company wants to make 3d popular, they will just have to do it much cheaper and easier. 3d didn’t become popular, when far less expense was involved, it sure as hell won’t become popular now.

FlightSimX April 11, 2009 at 11:17 am

I know what you mean. I remember using (I think) LCD glasses on an Atari ST who knows how many years ago and thinking “this is the future”, but it never transpired. I guess with improving hardware it’ll arrive eventually.

Gabor April 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

Oh yes, anyone can write to me on my email address.

Kelster November 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Gabor I eluded the 3d till now 09. However I have to say with pretty much the same set as you, and I can't believe the 3d effect, can't imagine how you'd not want it. Flight Sim X, Oblivion, Fallout, hell most all the programs I run all make the experience a new.
Sorry for you probs with drivers though I know it can be frustrating.

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