UPDATED: Nvidia takes gaming into full-3D with stereoscopic glasses
Las Vegas (NV) - Today, Nvidia unveiled 3D Vision for GeForce. Designed to operate wirelessly with high speed shutters and selected 120 Hz frequency monitors, the gaming, photo and movie industry can now go fully 3D out of the box with little or no modification.
The system works with "the new pure Samsung and ViewSonic 120 Hz LCD monitors, Mitsubishi DLP HDTVs, and the DepthQ HD 3D Projector by Lightspeed Design, Inc."
It does not use polarized light. Instead, a sequence of high-speed LCD shutters in the required glasses alternate via a timed sequence with images as they're displayed on the monitor. This fast on/off action causes the left and right eyes to see different vantage points at 60 images per second, making games look completely 3D. Nvidia's Stereoscopic 3D engine allows games, photos and movies to utilize the ability out of the box.
The glasses are triggered by a high-power IR emitter which allows operations up to 20 feet away. It is connected via a USB port.
Nvidia's Steroscopic 3D software can make over 300 games work in true 3D directly out of the box without any game patches or updates. According to the press release, "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 PhysX, and Microsoft DirectX 10 technologies."
The glasses use a USB connection for recharging. Nvidia says 40 hours of continuous operation per charge. The glasses will automatically shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity to save the battery.
3D Vision for GeForce is available starting today from leading U.S. e-tailers including www.compusa.com, www.tigerdirect.com, www.microcenter.com; as well as direct from www.nvidia.com for a suggested price of $199. Worldwide availability will be announced in the first quarter.
Nvidia has published several testimonials on the new technology at the end of their press release.
UPDATE: January 8, 2009
Nvidia sent TG Daily some updates on the games that are immediately available and will work with in Steroscopic 3D. They have compiled their internal rating system, and below is a list of all games that are considered Excellent or Good:
1701 A.D, 1701 A.D. - The Sunken Dragon, 3D Pong, Age of Empires 3, Asian Dynasties, The War Chiefs, Alien vs Predator 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Armed and Dangerous, Assassin's Creed, Backyard Baseball 2005, Battlefield 2, Bee Movie - The Game, Beijing Olympics, Beowulf, Black and White 2, Blazing Angels 2 - Secret Missions of WWII, Boarder Zone, Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty World at War, Call of Juarez (DX10), Cars Mater National, Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian, Civilization 4 and Beyond the Sword, "Club, The", Command and Conquer 3 - Tiberium Wars, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts, Crazy Machines 2, Cricket 2005, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Dark One, Dead Reefs, Devil May Cry 4, Dirt Track Racing 2, Dream Pinball 3D, DRIV3R, Driver Parallel Lines, Ducati World Championship, Dungeon Runners, Empire Earth III, Enter the Matrix, Eragon, "Experiment, The", F.E.A.R, F.E.A.R Perseus Mandate, Fable - The Lost Chapters, Fallout 3, Far Cry, Far Cry 2, FIFA 06, FIFA 07, FIFA 08, FlatOut, Flight Sim X - Microsoft, Frontlines Fuel of War, Gears of War, GTR 2, Guitar Hero 3, Guitar Hero Aerosmith, Gun, Half-Life 2 - Episode 2, Half-Life 2 - Portal, Half-Life 2 - Team Fortress 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Heroes of Might and Magic 5, Hight Heat Baseball 2004, Hot Wheels Beat That, Imperium Romanum, Impossible Creatures, Incredible Hulk, "Incredibles, The", iRacing, Jack Keane, Jericho - Clive Barker's, LA Street Racing, Left 4 Dead, Lego Indiana Jones, Lemony Snickets SUI, Loki, Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle Earth and II, Lord of the Rings Return of the King, LOST Via Domus, Madden NFL 2007, Madden NFL 2008, Mafia, Mage Knight Apocalypse, Manhunt, Mass Effect, Medal of Honor Airborne, Medieval 2 - Total War, Meet the Robinsons, Mirror's Edge, Monster Jam, Monster Madness - Battle for Suburbia, Motocross Madness 2, MotoGP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology, Mount and Blade, NBA Live 08, NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 2006, Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Pro Street, NHL 08, NHL 09, NHL 2005, NHL 2006, Painkiller, Painkiller Overdose, "Polar Express, The", Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time, Psychonauts, Pure, Race 07, Race Driver Grid, Real Flight, rFactor, Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War, Rogue Trooper, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Sega Rally Revo, Serious Sam 2, Space Siege, Spellforce 2 Shadow Wards, Spiderman 3, Spiderwick Chronicles, Spore, Spore Creature Creator, STALKER - Clear Sky, STALKER - Shadow of Chernobyl, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Republic Commando, Straglehold (John Woo's), Supreme Commander, Surf's Up, Switchball, Sword of the New World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Test Drive Ulimited, Tiger Woods 2007, Time Shift, Titan Quest, Tomb Raider - Anniversary, Tomb Raider - Leged, Tony Hawk Underground 2, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Topspin, Torino 2006, Turok, Two Worlds, Universal Combat, Unreal Tournament 2004, Unreal Tournament III, Vampires The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Winning Eleven 7, Wolverine's Revenge, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft Lich King, X Men the Legends 2. WHEW!
3D Blitz, 3D Mr. Ball, Age of Mythology, Age of Mythology - The Titans, Alone in the Dark, ARMA - Combat Operations, Armies of Exigo, Army Men RTS, Assault Heroes, Avert Fate, "Bard's Tale, The", Battlefield 2142, Battlefield Vietnam, Besieger, BioShock, Blacksite Area 51, Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 13, Call of Duty 2, Call of Juarez (non-DX10), Castle Strike, City Life 2008 Edition, Comanche 4, Command and Conquer - Red Alert 3, Conflict Global Terror, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis Wars, CSI: Hard Evidence, Diplomacy, Dirt, Drome Racers, Earth 2160, Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind, Empire Earth II, Evolva, FIFA 04, FIFA05, Flyboys Squadron, Ford Street Racing, Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich, Fury, Ghost Recon, "Godfather, The", Gods LOI, "Golden Compass, The", Gothic 2, Gothic 3, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Ground Control 2 - Operation Exodus, GTI Racer, Guild Wars, Guild Wars - Eye of the North, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 - Episode 1, Halo 2, Halo Combat Evolved, Hellgate London, Hidden & Dangerous 2, Hitman: Blood Money, Independence War 2: The Edge of Chaos, Ironman, Kane and Lynch - Dead Men, Kohan II: Kings of War, Lock on - Modern Air Combat, Lost Planet Extreme Condition, Lost Planet Extreme Condition Colonies, Lost Planet Extreme Condition Europe Edition, Madden NFL 2006, Maelstrom, Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne, Medal of Honor - Pacific Assault, Men of Valor: Vietnam, Mercenaries 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft Train Simulator, Midnight Club II, Mini Golf Adventures, MVP Baseball 2003, MVP Baseball 2004, MVP Baseball 2005, MX vs ATV Unleashed, NASCAR SimRacing, NBA Live 2004, Need for Speed Underground 2, NHL 07, No Man's Land, No One Lives Forever 2, Oblivion, Oblivion - The Shivering Isles Expansion Pack, Paradise Cracked, Perimeter, Phantasy Star Universe, Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End, Prince of Persia - Warrior Within, Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, Renegade Paintball, Rome, Roogoo, Sam and Max - Season One, "Settlers, The - Rise of an Empire", Shrek 2, Silverfall, Simpsons Hit and Run, Sniper Art of Victory, Soldier of Fortune Payback, Spellforce - The Order of Dawn, Star Wars - Empire at War, Star Wars: Battlefront, Sudden Strike 3, Terminator 3, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006, Time Shift Sunrise, Total Overdose, Turning Point Fall of Liberty, Unreal II - The Awakening, Vanguard, Wall-E, Warcraft III Frozen Throne, Warcraft III Reign of Chaos, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, "Witcher, The", World in Conflict.