Thursday, January 08, 2009

nVidia Launches GeForce 3D Vision at CES

Jim here. At the CES show today, nVidia launched a new 3D platform for gaming which looks interesting - have a look:

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 stereoscopic 3D 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 GeForce 3D Vision. GeForce 3D Vision is also the only stereoscopic 3D gaming solution to fully support NVIDIA SLI®, NVIDIA PhysX™, and Microsoft®DirectX® 10 technologies.

Extended Usability On a Single Charge

A single charge using a standard USB cable powers 3D gaming for more than 40 hours. Intelligent circuit design built into the glasses automatically shuts the glasses off after 10 minutes of inactivity to preserve battery life.

Support for 3D Movies

Fully supports 3D video players such as 3dtv Stereoscopic Player, and others.

Support for Stereoscopic 3D Photography

Included free photo viewer allows consumers to take in-game screenshots and view them in stereoscopic 3D, or import and view stereoscopic pictures from a variety of different capture sources and online web photo galleries.

They recommend the following games to try out:

FPS: Left for Dead
Racing: Burnout Paradise and Race Driver Grid
RTS: Age of Empires 3 and Spore
RPG: World of Warcraft and Fallout 3
Simulation: Flight Sim X

I love Left For Dead in 2D - would be interesting to see in 3D! More from CES as it happens...

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