Nvidia: 3D Gaming is "right here, right now"
Nvidia is arguably at the forefront of 3D gaming - its 3D Vision kit is one of the few solutions available to people who want to experience a litle more depth in their games. We asked the company's PR Manager, Ben Berraondo, a few questions to try and find out a little more about the service.
What options do gamers have for implementing 3D?
NVIDIA have one of the few commercially available 3D solutions - 3D Vision. NVIDIA 3D Vision is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software which automatically transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D.
In addition, you can watch 3D movies and 3D digital photographs in eye popping, in crystal-clear quality. The 3D Vision solutions combines NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, 3D Glasses, and 3D Vision-Ready displays to provide an immersive 3D experience.
Is 3D supported by all titles and platforms?
One of the best things about 3D Vision is that it works with over 400 PC games right now - no waiting to get '3D games' - just load up one of the latest blockbuster titles like Batman: Arkham Asylum and you can experience it like never before, far beyond what gamers are used to.
What are the benefits of 3D for gamers?
More immersion into the gaming world, with 3D Vision the depth added to games gives you a much truer sense of being 'inside' the world. For example in racing games, like Burnout Paradise, the scenery whooshes past you in full 3D which means the sense of speed is unparalleled. In Resident Evil 5, zombies actually lunge at you and come out of the screen! 3D Vision is all about transporting you into a more believable world, which in turn gives you a more fun experience.
What kind of games work best in 3D?
Half the fun is trying all your library of games to see just which ones you like the most. I'd recommend racing games and fps' as good first ports of call but in general any game that is recreating a 3D world within your computer will look fantastic in true 3D.
Do you see 3D becoming the mainstream way to play games, or will it remain niche?
Undoubtedly 3D is one part of the future of entertainment, you only have to look at what companies like Sky are promising on the TV front and how popular 3D films are becoming in cinemas in addition to what the big consumer electronics companies displayed at IDF.
In the home, I believe it will be gaming that drives 3D uptake primarily, gamers are used to using extra peripherals and are the early adopters that will purchase 120Hz LCDs. PC gamers demand a level of interactivity and visual quality over what a console can give you and 3D Vision is just one part of that.
How long will it be until 3D starts appearing in homes?
It's here right now! You can go out today and buy NVIDIA 3D Vision - either as a kit that you can add to your existing NVIDIA powered PC or included in some amazing PCs built by our partners such as Scan, Overclockers, Novatech, Dell and Alienware with more to come!
Unlike a film, gamers tend to play for long periods - could 3D lead to eye-related health issues, over traditional display tech?
One of the key issues when developing 3D Vision for NVIDIA was user comfort, both in the short and long term. That is one of the reason why we use 120Hz panels, that means each eye has a smooth 60Hz and the active glasses ensure there is no downgrading of the resolution.
You're not playing games at half the resolution your PC is displaying, all games play in the full resolution you specify - this means you have a gorgeous sharp picture, just like you are used to on a traditional display but it is now in full 3D.
What's the next step for 3D technology in gaming?
3D screens will get bigger and more and more monitors, TVs and projectors will support 120Hz technology so all you'll need will be a set of glasses. More and more games are being 'made for 3D Vision' so you'll see ever more impressive effects really taking advantage of 3D.
Already there are some amazing titles on the PC that look fantastic in 3D - Resident Evil 5, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Need For Speed: SHIFT and of course, World of Warcraft. Publishers and developers are really excited about their future titles and how the PC versions can really add something. PC gaming has always been about having the latest technology and 3D Vision is the next big jump!
How far is it away?
It's not. It's right here, right now.