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Nvidia 3D Vision 2, a New Generation 3D Active Shutter Glasses

October 15th, 2011 · 23 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Nvidia has officially announced their new generation of 3D Vision active shutter glasses called just Nvidia 3D Vision 2. The new glasses offer significant advantages over the first generation that was already getting old, so it is indeed great news that Nvidia is bringing a new and updated version of their 3D glasses. But along with the announcement of the new glasses, the company also introduced NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology, a new display technology that is expected to bring much brighter and richer in color 3D image as well as significantly reduced ghosting. The NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology is expected to be available in the new generation of 3D Vision compatible 120Hz 3D LCD monitors and displays, most of which will also come with the new 3D glasses bundled.



The new Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses come with a new more comfortable and functional design intended to make them fit better even when wearing headphones and not to bother you even if you play for hours with them. The new design also improves on other areas such as better ambient light blocking of external light sources and thus less noticeable flicker around te display if you have the light in the room on while you use the 3D mode. Among the notable functional improvements is the 20% increase of the lens size and up to two times brighter image when in 3D mode and used together with a new 3D monitor supporting the 3D LightBoost technology, also making it easier to see your mice and keyboard through the glasses and of course with further reduced crosstalk/ghosting.

The new Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses will be fully backwards compatible with older and already available 3D Vision capable 3D monitors and they will work with the new models that come with NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology, but for the best experience it is recommended to use them with a new generation display. The same goes for the first generation of 3D Vision glasses, they will be fully compatible with the new 3D Vision displays, so if you already have a few pairs of these like me don’t be in a hurry to get rid of them, it is just that with the new glasses you will be getting better results.



As far as the pricing and availability, the new 3D Vision 2 glasses kit should be available by the end of October for $149 USD in US and an extra pair of 3D Vision 2 glasses (without IR emitter) will be available for $99 USD. These are the same prices that the old 3D glasses had up until now and with the new version announced it will start replacing the previous model out of which Nvidia says it has been sold over half a million pairs of glasses.




According to Nvidia the first 3D LightBoost-certified desktop display is going to be the the 27-inch ASUS VG278H, a model that we are expecting to hit the market for quite a while now, featuring both Dual-Link dVI interface and 3D-capable HDMI 1.4 input as well. The ASUS VG278H monitor is expected to be available by the end of October 2011, it will come bundled with the new 3D Vision 2 glasses and should be priced at $699 USD. And my expectations for this display just got even higher, not only because it will come with the new glasses, but also because of the use of Nvidia’s LightBoost technology and the promise that the crosstalk/ghosting in 3D mode is significantly reduced as compared to what we currently have available on the market. That of course will need to be verified and I’m expecting very soon to have a test unit of the 27-inch ASUS VG278H 3D monitor in order to compare it to other displays I’ve already tested. In November we should start seeing other manufacturers of 3D monitors to start releasing updated versions of their 3D models such as the new Acer HN274HB, or the BenQ XL2420T and XL2420TX (a model with and without the new glassed bundled with the display), so if you are currently considering what 3D Vision ready monitor to get, then it might be a good idea to postpone your choice for a bit and get one of the latest models. The first 3D LightBoost compatible notebooks include several Toshiba models – Satellite P770/P775, Dynabook Satellite T572, Dynabook T572, and the Qosmio X770/X775 expected also by the end of this month with others soon to follow.

I’ve just got a pair of the new 3D Vision 2 glasses for reviewing, so you can expect more a lot more information and first-hand impressions in the next few days, so stay tuned and get ready to upgrade your stereo 3D gaming gear for the holiday season as we are also expecting a good selection of top game titles that will come with 3D Vision support as well…


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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DARREN // Oct 15, 2011 at 10:02

    god damn it i only just bought a acer gn245hq last month….figured these new glasses would be brighter not the monitor otherwise i would of waited….i have the worst luck when it comes to buying technology i swear

  • 2 josh // Oct 15, 2011 at 10:39

    i noticed my new Acer HN274H has some backlight bleeding. i wilol retunr it soon and will upgrade to the ASUS VG278H as soon as it comes out.

  • 3 Bloody // Oct 15, 2011 at 12:26

    Yes, unfortunately you’d need the new glasses and a new 3D monitor with Lightboost technology in order to get all benefits including increased brightness and reduced ghosting.

  • 4 Rajko Stojadinovic // Oct 15, 2011 at 12:45

    do the new glasses block light evenly thoughout the whole lens ? or is it still only the middle 2 centimeteres or so of full block, then fadeout to the edges ?

  • 5 Bloody // Oct 15, 2011 at 13:49

    Unfortunately no, they perform similar to the old lenses, looking at the sides still brings uneven light blocking capabilities when the shutters are closed.

  • 6 Rajko Stojadinovic // Oct 15, 2011 at 15:19

    So still no decent experience when playing games set in night mode etc with white light sources, they will keep bugging you in your peripheral vision, what a shame :(

  • 7 Robert // Oct 15, 2011 at 18:37

    Would it be possible to add lightboost technology via a firmware update for the Acer HN274H?

    As much as I would like the latest tech I already dropped over $500 for this monitor and can’t upgrade it for quite a while.

  • 8 Gustav // Oct 16, 2011 at 04:41

    Gah, I can’t believe this is happening! I got my glasses 12 hours ago!!! Man, this really ruined my day

  • 9 Bobby // Oct 16, 2011 at 09:01

    Will the VG278H work well with 3D PS3 games and Blu-ray?

  • 10 josh // Oct 16, 2011 at 10:03

    @bobby 3d ps3 games and bluray should work because the monitor will have hdmi 1.4. i tested 3d on ps3 today with sly cooper collection and the 3d with my acer HN274H looks disappointing. 3d games on ps3 have much lower visual quality compared to the games in 2d. if i was to score nvidia 3d vision on pc i would give it a 9 out of 10. from my experience with sly cooper collection in 3d using nvidia 3d vision glasses i would rate it 4 out of 10. i have never tested 3d blu rays on the ps3. although i watched under the sea on my pc in bluray and it looked amazing.

  • 11 illidan2000 // Oct 16, 2011 at 10:57

    sky 3d doensn’t work on Acer HN274H :((((( (tested by myself)

  • 12 Bloody // Oct 16, 2011 at 11:45

    The 3D Vision 2 should work in a different way when paired with a new 3D Vision ready monitor with Lightboost technology, but it seems that it is working in a some sort of compatibility mode with the older models already available on the market. So there is not much of a difference if you only upgrade the glasses, more of a design comfort improvement with larger lens, but no performance improvement in stereo 3D mode…

    All the HDMI 1.4 equipped 3D monitors should work with PS3 and Blu-ray 3D players as well as other devices that use frame packaging, you cannot however use Side by Side or Over/Under formats as input for 3D.

  • 13 Gerard // Oct 17, 2011 at 06:02

    Is there any change in the emitter for 3D Vision 2 compared to the original? I would like to upgrade my glasses… I have had to crazy glue the nose pieces on and would like to get the larger lenses.

  • 14 Humpix // Oct 17, 2011 at 14:15

    Bloody, can you ask Acer, if the classic hn274hbmiiid will support 3d vision 2?
    The new “HN274HB(witout miiid)” sounds like the same Model!?

  • 15 Bloody // Oct 17, 2011 at 23:25

    Gerard, The IR emitter is apparently the same, the changes are only in the glasses, so you can get just a pair of the new glasses, not the whole kit with the emitter.

    Humpix, the actual model of the old Acer is HN274H and the bmiiid is some sort of an extra information for some identification I guess. The Acer HN274H monitor is compatible with 3D Vision 2 glasses as all older 3D Vision ready monitors are. However you will need to get the new version with the B at the end in order to get support for the Lightboost technology and be able to benefit from the improved brightness and reduced ghosting.

  • 16 Eddie // Oct 18, 2011 at 10:58

    I have a the Asus VG236 monitor and due to the lack of a headphone port or audio-out option (no speakers), how does one achieve audio over HDMI?.. when for example a PS3 is directly connected?
    Is there something i’m missing here or did Asus screw-up here?
    or were they expecting people to buy a composite to female jack adapter or otherwise.

    I mention this because iv’e been waiting with anticipation for the VG278H as i have been holding off getting a 27″ for some time.
    Basically my main criteria for the larger monitor is 120hz everything else is a bonus (can’t go bk to 60hz). The Acer & Samsung 27” etc were never an option as i only saw these as slight improvement’s over the current options. Yes 120hz, but knowing the new Asus was waiting in the wings i was willing to sit tight. And boy i’m sure glad i did i had know idea about ‘boost-light’ or Vision2 great bonus! i would have purchased simply on screen size, refresh rate and my own experience with the brand.

    I hope the Audio out over HDMI options are addressed and while the HDMI 1.4(a) standard has been implemented what will this mean for 3d vision owners who want to take advantage of 3D capabilities of the PS3 over HDMI 1.4.
    Well for starters is it possible?
    Are the 2 technologies compatible Ps3 & 3d vision?
    How would the new Asus monitor send a signal for 3D vision glasses if 3D vision emitter is plugged into the PC.. hmm built in Asus emitter? or plug nvision emitter into monitor?
    Will Nvidia want you to exclusively use 3dvision with PC titles only?
    In other word’s is the 1.4 standard only good for Blu-ray 3D were the new Asus is concerned, which imo is not much of an improvement over HDMI 1.3(c) when it comes to Blu-ray 3D (audiophile’s will disagree no doubt).

    Regardless, it’s on the shopping list Ps3 compatibility or not.

  • 17 Bloody // Oct 18, 2011 at 11:25

    The VG236 3D monitor wa not originally intended to be used with consoles for 3D, it does not support it anyway. But now with new 3D Vision ready monitors we are also getting HDMI 1.4 support and that allows us to use the display for 3D with other 3D-capable devices apart from the PC. Having the IR emitter built into the monitor and not needing any external cables for it to work is what allows you to use the 3D Vision glasses not only with a PC, but also when you get 3D from PS3 for example. So yes, the new monitors are compatible with 3D on PS3 ass well, although the audio part may still be a bit of a problem for some models…

  • 18 Eddie // Oct 18, 2011 at 12:08

    Thanks Bloody.. just chk’d the specs for the VG278H, this is the one iv’e been waiting for alright!

    * headphone jack included & speakers! (yay someone listened)
    * 400 cd/m2 + lightboost
    * built-in emitter (PS3 is allgood)
    * And thin bezel for tri monitor set-up.
    * Nvidia’s seal of approval

    On board speaker’s outputs both HDMI & Dual link.

    Shes a good’n, very positive reviews so far.

  • 19 Ferry // Oct 18, 2011 at 22:14

    Q&A here…

    http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/list#s=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..

  • 20 Karl // Oct 31, 2011 at 08:18

    Bloody, I have a question on xl2420t and hn274hb..

    Will there be any improvement on monitor themselves?
    (like design or resolution… except the fact that xl2420t and
    hn274hb will be able to use 3d vision 2 glasses)

    Judging from theirs names, it seems that the only thing
    will be changed in the successor models is gonna be 3d vision 2 glasses capability.

    I was planning to buy vg278h, but I cannot decide among
    Asus, BenQ, and Acer now that BenQ and Acer are going to announce newer 3d monitors

    So, what do you think is the best choice ?
    This will be my first 3d monitor and I’m really looking forward
    to have one. I know that those monitors are all good but just
    want to be a little bit wiser cause I’m going to use it for long time.

    Can you give me an answer or any guidance ??

  • 21 Alcyon1 // Nov 5, 2011 at 18:48

    hey Karl, i also plan on buying a new 3D monitor and keeping it for time.

    ive tried LG W2363D, the 3D looks greatttt.

    i advice you to buy now the second generation 3d monitors with lightboost technology. for 3D

    because if your gonna use it for a long time, you will want the second gen. 3D that just launch at this time. so they will last more when 3rd gen arrives.

    if oyu want the hn274hb , but its 26 inches , too big for a desk imo.

    besides the 3d vision 2 improvement and Lightboost, also the benQ for instance has more nits of brightness , new design,a bit more size. new FPS modes.

    i think its more features too.

    cheers-.

  • 22 Karl // Nov 7, 2011 at 08:11

    Thank you, Alcyon.

    I just read Bloody’s review on vg278h and also saw xl2420t’s design.

    And I’m rly impressed by the design of 2420t.

    You may right on the size of hn274hb or vg278h.

    I was also thinking that they might be too big for desk :)
    Thx for your help on making decision !

    I guess I’ll go with the benQ xl2420t after reading
    bloody’s upcoming review on xl2420t, as it is obvious that he won’t miss it LOL

  • 23 Paul // Nov 7, 2011 at 08:15

    When is the expected release date? I was at Geforce Lan 6, was able to play Battlefield 3 on this monitor and loved it. The rumor was that the monitor was coming out at the end of October…..Its now November… Soo……?? When?

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