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…