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Nvidia is Getting Ready for 3D HDTV Support With 3DTV Play

March 15th, 2010 · 14 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Recently with the non-stop talk about the upcoming 3D-ready HDTVs there was a lot of talk and questions if 3D Vision will work on these or not and Nvidia has just answered to that question, at least partially. The company has just announced its software solution called 3DTV Play that will supposedly enable Nvidia GeForce GPU-powered PCs or notebooks to be connected to 3DTVs over the new HDMI 1.4 interface and play games in stereoscopic 3D mode just like what currently the owners of 3D Vision active shutter glasses and 120Hz LCD monitors are able to do on their computers. Besides being able to play games in S3D mode you should also be able to watch upcoming Blu-ray 3D Hollywood blockbusters, view digital 3D photographs, and even streaming 3D movies according to Nvidia. The 3DTV Play software will be available later this spring and sold separately with an anticipated U.S. MSRP of $39.99, but it should be available for free for current 3D Vision customers (with a free future software update of the 3D Vision drivers)…



For the launch of 3DTV Play, Nvidia has teaming up with Panasonic on its coast-to-coast 2010 “Panasonic Touch the Future Tour,” where consumers can test drive 3DTV Play-based PCs running on the new Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3D TVs, that just launched this month, but the solution should work with other brands of 3D-capable HDTVs with HDMI 1.4 interface. The active-shutter glasses bundled with each Panasonic VIERA full HD 3D TV are supposed to work seamlessly with Nvidia GPUs and off-the-shelf PC gaming titles and other 3D entertainment content already available or released in the future. This means that you will not have to rely on the Nvidia 3D Vision active shutter glasses to have the same features available on a new generation of 3D-ready HDTV that ships with its own active shutter glasses. According to the information 3DTV Play can be run on GeForce GPU-based desktop or notebook PCs equipped with an HDMI or DVI connector (over an adapter to HDMI most likely), although it will most likely not work (not confirmed yet) with the 3D Vision kit, although the owners of 3D Vision will get the 3DTV Play software for free. The 3DTV Play software supposedly offers support for HDMI 1.4 equipped TVs and can provide support for the 1080p24, 720p60, and 720p50 3D formats specified in this version of the HDMI specifications. The first one obviously is for Blu-ray 3D as you probably would not want to play games with 24 frames per eye even if it is in Full HD resolution, so for gaming you’ll probably have to go for 1280×720 resolution with either 50 or 60 frames per eye (100/120Hz).

If you want to visit the official Nvidia 3DTV Play product page…

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David G. // Mar 15, 2010 at 19:47

    I wonder about the physical HDMI connectors. My video card only has the 2 DVI ports on them, so I hope there is some converter box or dongle I can use to interface with a HDMI 1.4 3D TV.

    As for existing video cards w/ HDMI ports, I wonder if they are forward compatible with the 1.4 standard.

    I also wonder if the upcoming Fermi cards will have HDMI ports and be 1.4 friendly.

  • 2 Bloody // Mar 15, 2010 at 20:03

    According to Nvidia this should work over DVI and HDMI outputs, so no worries here… there are inexpensive DVI to HDMI adapters available as both interfaced are digital and compatible. The software will just output the right HDMI 1.4 compliant visual data for stereo 3D, the same what Sony will be doing with the PS3 console, so HDMI 1.4 hardware should not be required for the output on the PC side, you’ll just need to have a 3D-ready HDTV with HDMI 1.4 hardware on the receiving part.

  • 3 3D-dOOd // Mar 15, 2010 at 20:09

    How’s it work over VGA? Or does it?

  • 4 Bloody // Mar 15, 2010 at 21:09

    No, it does not work over VGA…

  • 5 Manuel // Mar 15, 2010 at 22:10

    @Bloody
    The PS3 have only HDMI 1.3, so it´s only 1080i possible, right? And with 3DTV Play from Nvidia is HDMI 1.4 only at the TV required (no HDMI 1.4 – OUT on Fermi GPU´s??) and the resolution is higher (1080p24)? I don´t understand -.- It´s like a wonder….. Is this a native 3D signal to the TV? Does it work with Samsung 3D LED TV´s and Samsung Shutter-Glasses?

  • 6 Peter // Mar 16, 2010 at 00:58

    WTF it looks like there isn’t any 1080p gaming support with this new add-on/HDTVs.

    I will not be getting a 3D display device until a DLP 1080p projector is released using DLP Link and supports full NVIDIA 3D Vision (1080p 60hz per eye) like the current crop of 720p (Optoma HD66 etc) work except only higher resolution. Whoever is the first with a price of $3-5K wins my purchase.

    My system is setup using Quad SLI (GTX 295)>Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 via DVI to HDMI cable>Onkyo TX-SR707 via HDMI>HDTV. Is the setup able to do 3D once I get a 3D HDTV or will I need to bypass the sound card or receiver? I need the sound card and receiver for lossless audio with Blu-ray….

    Honestly all these 3D specifications have turned out to be completely half-baked and don’t work correctly or haven’t been confirmed to work with existing devices.

  • 7 Bloody // Mar 16, 2010 at 02:29

    The official stereoscopic 3D specs introduced in HDMI 1.4 were designed mainly to introduce industry wide support for 3D movies and TV broadcasts and the whole gaming part seems kind of left off for version 1.5 maybe. That is why there are not a lot of options available for gaming at 50/60 fps per eye (100/120Hz), even the 1080i at these framerates is meant for 3D TV broadcasts. So for now only 720p at 50/60 fps as an industry wide standard for gaming, which does not mean that somebody may decide to use another format, but since it will not be mandatory required to be supported it might not be available on some HDMI 1.4 3D-capable TVs which may result in not being able to be used on most of the available hardware. The whole idea of having standards for stereoscopic 3D content is to provide interoperability between different compatible hardware,s o that you can connect your PC to any HDMI 1.4 capable 3D-ready hardware and expect everything to work, no matter what is the brand of the TV. It is definitely a good step on the right path, but it will most likely need some more time to develop even further and meanwhile we are still going to resort to our 3D Vision setups with 120Hz monitors… ;)

    With 3DTV Play on Nvidia GPUs on your PC as with the PS3 consoles the need to have HDMI 1.4 connector is not mandatory, as what we need is only support for the correct stereoscopic 3D output formats that will be recognized by the 3D-ready HDTVs using HDMI 1.4 interfaces. This requirement can be fulfilled with the correct software on HDMI 1.3 output interfaces, but that does not mean that you can achieve all of the features introduced in HDMI 1.4… this “software update” is possible for small things like adding S3D support.

  • 8 James // Jul 3, 2010 at 08:41

    When is 3dtv coming out exactly? I am tired of hearing the “Coming Soon” promise.

  • 9 Bloody // Jul 3, 2010 at 09:35

    It should come out sometime during the summer… but exact date has not been announced yet.

  • 10 Alessandro // Jul 30, 2010 at 23:47

    This is retarded. All the gfx cards have 2+ dvi or other outputs; all the HDTVs have 4+ hdmi plus other input formats; they could have easily supported the transmission using 2 cables, and we would have gotten 1080P @60fps. They have crippled the actual possibility of getting a decent 3D for years, just because they are chasing the supposedly low hanging fruit of the few affluent customers who can shell out some 5 grand to watch 5 movies, 10 tops, and then move on, with the glasses picking dust, instead of giving a reasonable solution for the gaming enthusiasts, many of whom (like me) playing in 3D since the age of RTCW, passionate about stereoscopy, but left out in the cold after the demise of CRT.
    You create an entire standard to get a suboptimal solution, but enough to satisfy the uneducated, so that getting the better solution (which was less complicated to begin with) becomes unfeasible, because you’d split even more a market segment that needs standards. Ouch.

  • 11 sathish // Sep 11, 2010 at 11:09

    i am using sony lcd tv ex400 32inch.connected with hdmi cabel.and cpu of i5 processor and nvidia gt240 1gb graphic card did this requirment support nvidia 3d vision.plz respond i am eager to play in 3d.mail me at kamarajsathish@gmail.com

  • 12 Naraid // Sep 28, 2010 at 16:03

    Have anyboy tested LG LX9500 + GTX 470?? I have the TV and I am planning to buy a PC with this card for 3D movies and games. I wonder if I will have to figth too much…

  • 13 najib // Sep 29, 2010 at 12:34

    Does it work with Samsung LED TV UA40C6900 series 6

  • 14 Bloody // Sep 29, 2010 at 12:42

    You need a 3D HDTV using HDMI 1.4(a) specs for stereo 3D content for this to work.

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