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New More Affordable Wired 3D Vision Active Shutter Glasses Are Coming

May 31st, 2011 · 15 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Nvidia has announced a new more affordable model of the 3D Vision active shutter glasses that will be wired as opposed to the currently available wireless infrared version of the glasses and the wireless RF Pro version of 3D Vision. The new 3D Vision Wired glasses are going to cost $99 USD and they are expected to be available by the end of June, so don’t start looking for them yet if you are tempted by the lower price. In this new model Nvidia ditched the battery and the wireless communication, so now they connect directly to a PC’s USB port, meaning that there should be no more problem with synchronization or interferences if using more pairs of glasses in the same room. You can also forget about having to recharge a battery or about getting the battery dead after about an year or two of extensive use or actually I should call it extensive abuse…

Of course these glasses are not going to replace the wireless models, they are just going to go along with them for people that don’t mind wearing glasses that are wired to the PC, wanting more affordable solution (the wireless IR 3D Vision kit now costs $149 USD after the recent adjustment of the price from $199 USD). The wired 3D Vision glasses seem to be a great solution for work environments where you have multiple systems using 3D Vision or for LAN parties for example, not that you cannot also use them at home, but with the recent wave of 3D laptops and 3D monitors with integrated IR emitters for personal use you might just want to get an extra infrared wireless pair of glasses only for $99 USD.

The new wired 3D Vision active shutter glasses use the same shutters and are compatible with the same hardware as the wireless glasses (there seem to be just some design improvements implemented in the frames) and I suppose you should not have any trouble using them both at the same time on one system (this needs to be confirmed). Of course there should be an official driver update to add the support for the wired 3D glasses as well, so we should be getting that probably in the next WHQL driver sometime in June. The new wired 3D glasses are going to be coming with 10 foot long USB cable (around 3 meters) that should be enough to cover the need of most people using a 3D monitor, although the length of the cable might be a bit of a problem for people using 3D DLP projector setups, so for that the wireless glasses might still be a better and more flexible choice. And I hope to soon be able to try a pair of the new wired 3D Vision shutter glasses and report back, although I’m expecting no surprises here, especially considering the LC shutters and the electronics driving them should be performing pretty much the same as on the wireless version.

Here you can already get the 3D Vision Wired active shutter glasses for $99…

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Max // May 31, 2011 at 21:12

    I don’t know. I have wired edimensional glasses, and the wire
    always disturb me. I also have IR edimensional, and the wireless freedom is a pleasure with it.
    About the price.. $149 for the kit (wireless glasses+emitter)
    and still $99 for the wired glasses? Sounds too much.
    Also for $50 you get wireless dlp link glasses. (if you use dlp devices)

    Nvidia try to go forward, no backward..

  • 2 sesnut // May 31, 2011 at 22:01

    how much lighter would these be without the emitter and battery in the frames?

  • 3 applejack // May 31, 2011 at 22:22

    so, can these completely replace the wireless kit, or just an addon to it ?

  • 4 Bloody // May 31, 2011 at 22:59

    These wired glasses are an alternative to the wireless kit.

  • 5 Nick 3DvB // May 31, 2011 at 23:36

    It’s a good idea but they still cost too much, they should be about $50. I’m not sure that the wired glasses will need a new driver, they will probably just use the same HID driver as the IR emitter.

  • 6 josh // Jun 1, 2011 at 01:17

    if these end up being significantly lighter than the wireless glasses, i will certainly buy these. i already wear regular glasses, less weight on my nose would be a great things

  • 7 Max // Jun 1, 2011 at 07:56

    josh: and the wire would be a very bad thing, trust me..

  • 8 eqzitara // Jun 2, 2011 at 00:21

    If they made it so you can disconnect cable from glasses when not in use I’d buy. Makes it a pain and likely to get scratched as is.

  • 9 jcredible // Jun 2, 2011 at 02:10

    $99!? Still way too much for my liking. I guess I’m just spoiled by passive. The movie-theater gives me them for free (sorta :P)

  • 10 josh // Jun 2, 2011 at 07:59

    @jcredible – sorry to give such a harsh comparison however i would say that movie theater 3d compared to nvidia 3d vision is like comparing the bottom of my nutsack on a hot summer day compared to serinda swan in a bikini. they both exist however one is just significantly better looking and way more appealing to the eyes.

  • 11 iamnoob // Jun 2, 2011 at 20:46

    Превод от български на английски
    Late for me … I’d buy them, but I already have wireless. No problem with cables on my body: D

    Sorry for my english.

  • 12 whoknows // Jun 3, 2011 at 05:41

    i new all these 3d stuff… just purchased dell xps 17 3d a month ago
    & came across ur blog
    this place has everything i needed to know about 3d technologies
    keep up the good work :)

  • 13 Andrew Powell // Jun 3, 2011 at 08:20

    I use the option in the 3d setup for the red and cyan glasses. It gives you a rough look at how 3d would look if you got the full setup. Plus to use the red and cyan glasses you do not need a 120 screen or anything else posh. just a decent GPu at least a 260 nvidia and a good speed cpu over 2.6ghz like core 2 duo up.

  • 14 josh // Jun 3, 2011 at 11:16

    @Andrew Powell – red and cyan glasses are pure garbage compared to nvidia 3d vision. you are correct you do not need a 120 hz screen, however owning a 120 hz screen is well worth the prize. even if you don’t have 3d vision the 120 hz refresh rate makes video and games so incredibly smooth. it is hard to describe you have to just see it.

  • 15 Casper // Jun 17, 2011 at 11:11

    @Max
    That’s just personal…
    A hardcore gamer with a headset doesn’t mind the hanging cable, so why would he / she does with an extra cable?

    So know you get my opinion:
    I don’t mind the extra cable. The benefits like Bloody mentioned are the replacement of the battery, the lighter frame and no interferance on the signal.
    Trust me, after a year of excessive usage, the battery becomes shit, just like every other device with a build-in battery.

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