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QuakeCon 2012 Panel – Virtual Insanity – The Future of Gaming

August 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments · General 3D News


Here is a video recording of th Virtual Insanity panel at QuakeCon 2012 featuring John Carmack (id Software), Michael Abrash (Valve), and Palmer Luckey (Oculus). Moderated by Todd Hollenshead (id Software). The guys are talking about AR, VR, stereo 3d and future of gaming with these technologies getting adopted for gaming, and of course a lot more information about the Oculus Rift… spend an hour to watch it if you weren’t able to attend QuakeCon.

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iZ3D Discontinues Operations Marking the End of the iZ3D Driver

August 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

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We already knew this was coming after the unsuccessful attempt with the open source project for the iZ3D driver and apparently the company could not find new funding to continue operating and supporting their 3D software solution. Without a doubt iZ3D has done a lot for the stereoscopic 3D gaming community, so it is sad to see them disappear as the solutions for playing games are getting less, thank god that somebody does not have a monopoly on that market.

iZ3D, Inc. Discontinues Operations
Over the last year iZ3D reorganized the company to better respond to changing 3D market conditions and to promote joined marketing with 3rd party 3D hardware providers.
However, despite diligent efforts to join forces with other 3D companies and despite initiating an Open Source project, iZ3D was unable to secure new relationships and new funding. Regretfully, because of lacking funds, iZ3D is no longer able to meet financial obligations. Therefore these financial realities force iZ3D, Inc to discontinue its operations on July 31, 2012.

Many thanks to our customers and partners for the support extended in the past.

The iZ3D website is still online, however you cannot buy anymore a license for the iZ3D driver, you can only download the trial version and use the anaglyph 3D output for free or 30 days trial for any of the other output modes. The iZ3D forums are also available at the moment, but since the company already sized operations nobody from iZ3D will be moderating and monitoring them anymore. Also all forms of support and customer service are no longer available.

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Wikipad Just Got Disappointing, no Stereo 3D Support for Now

July 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · General 3D News


After promoting for so long the Wikipad tablet as the first gaming tablet to come with autostereoscopic 3D display built-in and a physical game controller that attaches to the tablet, now there is information coming directly form Wikipad in an interview with them that the initial models will not feature stereo 3D support. Furthermore the 3D display may be available in future models, but that is not sure yet, it is certain however that the first Wikipad powered by Tegra 3 should be released sometime later this year.

With this turn of events the company behind the Wikipad could just instead go for making their physical game controller that attaches to the tablet an accessory for other popular tablets as the Wikipad tablet itself is apparently not going to be anything special in terms of specifications compared to what other manufacturers of tablets are already offering. I don’t know about you, but I’m really disappointed from this turn of events and am not waiting with interest the release of the Wikipad anymore, transferring the high expectations for the OUYA…

Now, why did Wikipad decide to ditch the 3D display for now is not yet clear. But we can easily speculate that it may be due to the fact that the Tegra 3 does not have native support for driving autostereoscopic 3D displays and the cost of a good 3D display along with the implementation could make the tablet too expensive at the moment. As for the stereoscopic 3D support for games, the Tegra 3 platform is already ready for that, though there are still a very limited number of games optimized for it that support stereoscopic 3D mode. The lack of enough 3D-ready content could be another reason for dropping the stereo 3D support on the platform for now and last, but not least they could have gotten scared by the information in the media that the 3D is loosing popularity. Either way I’m sure that there are a lot of people disappointed by the fact that the Wikipad isn’t going to be the first stereoscopic 3D-capable gaming tablet on the market.

Read what will be the specs of the WikiPad gaming tablet if you are interested…

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