Award: Hexus Recommended Award
The Feeling of depth is excellent and, reiterating a cliché, you feel more part of the action. In fact, play it [Call of Duty: Black Ops] in 3D for 30 minutes and it’s difficult to go back to 2D.
But it's not just fast-paced shooters that benefit from the 3D treatment. Fairly static-looking games such as Civ 5 are also better in 3D, with the 'extra' dimension providing the all-crucial depth that 2D inherently lacks.
Setting up the kit is as simple as installing the drivers and plugging in the transmitter. Unlike the PlayStation 3, many existing games work in 3D without being specifically designed for it. A full list of these can be found over on Nvidia's Web site. We tried out the system with a number of games, including Portal and Starcraft II. Portal’s compatibility is rated as “excellent,” and we found it worked extremely well. The added depth made solving the spatial puzzles more enjoyable and the whole game much more immersive. Starcraft II works similarly well, with added depth to the playing field and explosions flying from the screen. Games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause 2 benefit from being designed specifically for 3D Vision
Perhaps the final point in the PC's favour is the sheer processing power a good gaming PC has. An up-to-date gaming PC plays video games with unbeatable graphical detail and sound. Gamers who crave the 3D gaming experience touted by Sony for the PS3 can find that PCs are more than up to the job. There are more than 400 titles 3D-ready; all you need is the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Kit. And nearly every new PC game released is 3D-ready. Once again, the quality rendered on screen by a top-level gaming PC can't be matched by consoles.
If Nvidia was looking to impress us, then it succeeded. Our own gaming setup with just the one screen (in 2D) is going to seem pretty poor from now on.
Nvidia 3D Vision is one of the best things that could happen to PC gaming. It's very high-quality, flawless and highly supported. Almost 400 games supported, and that's only the ranked ones, games that haven't been ranked by Nvidia can still work, just some parts may look weird. No doubt about it, this is 5 star quality equipment right here. It's brilliant.
You need to try it because if 3D works for you, it's a bigger improvement than the switch from SDTV to HDTV.
Award: Hardware Heaven Gold Award
3D Vision and PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D Mark 2 are an excellent and cost effective way to get Blu-Ray 3D working in the home.
...the signs are good, and the technology is convincing and engaging. One thing is for certain though, 3D technology looks set to grow and grow.
The effect is pretty stunning, a bit like looking through a window, with a real sense of depth… you can almost reach out and touch it.
Award: iGizmo Innovation of the Year 2009
The promise of 3D in the home finally became a reality this year with NVIDIA producing its own set of stereoscopic glasses. Our PCs were magically turned into full-on 3D sets with gaming, movies and photos getting the treatment. Its active shutter lenses give the clearest 3D yet, while remaining within reach of even the more modest pocket.
This is a new technology aimed at early adopters, and once you see the results with your own eyes, it's a highly tempting proposition. Yes, it has its early flaws, but with Nvidia wielding such clout in the world of gaming we can see GeForce 3D Vision making slow but steady progress towards the mainstream.
The effect is pleasingly solid, the glasses are comfy... It all leaves the future looking closer than ever…
NVIDIA 3D vision is the best designed and most considered 3D gaming system yet, with decent out-of-the-box software support and an adjustable, comfortable setup. If you're serious about PC games, you owe it to yourself to try it.
NVIDIA has proved that the required hardware does not have to cost the earth, nor do games have to be substantially rewritten.
The future of gaming is here and it is in three dimensions.
Once hooked up, sit back and marvel as games literally jump off the monitor in front of you. You won't be able to see the effect in our video, but take our word for it -- it's pretty impressive.
GeForce 3D Vision changes all [previous 3D problems] that, leveraging NVIDIA's access to their own drivers (and perhaps equally importantly to developers) to make supporting stereoscopic gaming both an easier and more reliable premise, while having control over the hardware side of the equation also means that they can keep control over its quality, to ensure that the days of flickering and headaches are removed from the mindset of anyone considering such a setup....so far I've heard a lot of positive things from people who have had chance to try using a GeForce 3D Vision system, so for hardcore gamers it could serve to be a fun and more immersive way to enjoy gaming, and that can only be a good thing.
3DVision does work. That’s as simply as we can put it. Not only does it work, but it actually works very well for the most recent and relevant games, proving perfectly compatible with all the common engines.
3DVision will become a technology which is more viable beyond just the corporate or early-adopter market - and we can't wait!