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The Demo of Avatar the Game in Stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision

November 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Stereo 3D Games


Lately everyone is talking about James Cameron’s upcoming movie called Avatar and of course the game that is supposed to come out a bit earlier than the movie. If you ask why, well the answer is very simple – stereoscopic 3D support in the game and the movie being available in 3D in 3D cinemas, so we are going to get the full S3D treatment. And we just got ourselves a Demo of Avatar the Game so if you haven’t tried it out yet, you better do so – the full game is expected to be officially available on 1st of December, so there is still some time to enjoy the demo.

The good news is that the demo of the game and of course the game itself features a very wide array of stereoscopic 3D technologies supported and not just Nvidia’s 3D Vision, including even iZ3D’s drivers. So all the supported modes are as follows: Full Checkerboard, Sensio, RealD, Line Interlaced, Side by Side, nVidia 3D Vision, iZ3D and Dual head. My focus will again be on the 3D Vision, as for the moment I was able to try it only with that, but I’ll also try to test the game with other stereoscopic 3D setups I can.


Now a lot of people with 3D Vision are having trouble running the game and are reporting issues, even I had problems making things work the way the normally do when using 3D Vision. This is something related to the way that Ubisoft has developed the game’s S3D support – they do communicate with Nvidia’s stereoscopic 3D drivers directly through the game engine. This is actually what creates the problem with the game crashing sometimes when you try to run it with 3D Vision enabled all the time, of course Nvidia are aware of the issue and should release and updated 3D Vision driver probably by the end of this week to resolve the issues. Now there is a little trick you need to do in order to have things working right from the start and to get rid of possible issues running the game with 3D Vision…

1. Go to the Nvidia Control Panel, Stereoscopic 3D and enable the “Hide stereoscopic 3D effect when game starts” option (if you haven’t already). This will allow you to avoid the crash you are getting at the start when you try to run the game with 3D Vision enabled.

2. If you completely disable the 3D Vision from the control panel you won’t see the mode present in the list of S3D options inside the game menu, but the game will also start, avoiding the crash when you have it with Stereoscopic 3D mode enabled. So you need to have it enabled, but hidden when the game starts!

3. Run the game, go to the Options menu, Display and Enable 3D, choosing nVidia 3D Vision in the list if 3D formats. This will activate the 3D Vision and you don’t have to press the button on the IR emitter to activate it, although it was set to be disabled when the game starts.

4. As an alternative to step 3, you can skip the activation from the in-game menu of the 3D mode and use the button on the IR emitter or CTRL + T. This basically does the same thing as activating the mode from the in-game Options, just be sure that nVidia 3D Vision option is being selected in the Options menu as a 3D format, otherwise you might happen to have two different 3D modes activated at the same time and this might lead to significant performance drop and visual problems.


The game certainly does look very nice in stereoscopic 3D mode with good level of detail and effects with nice pop-out of the screen too, although it could’ve been even better, as usual. From what I saw in the demo I was not too impressed in terms of gameplay, besides it being quite short, but you should already be prepared not to expect that much from a game that is based on a movie (here the latest Batman game was one of the very few exclusions). Anyway the game is fun, the atmosphere is nice and the stereoscopic 3D effects are definitely worth it… and of course no significant issues with objects being displayed in S3D as it is expected especially from this title. Of course if you increase the depth level too much you’ll start seeing some ghosting, but that is normal and to be expected, also some problems with objects placement on the screen when trying to change the convergence level arise, so better skip that too. BTW even the crosshair is rendered in 3D with depth, so nobody can complain about that this time. ;)


However, there is something you should have in mind – there is a significant performance drop when the stereoscopic 3D mode is enabled. Now we all know that this mode introduces some additional load on the video card, but what can you say when you play the game in normal 2D mode with lets say 64 frames per second and as soon as you activate the stereoscopic 3D mode the framerate drops to just 19 frames per second. So this is quite serious performance drop and on a high end PC with a quad core Intel Core i5 and GTX 275 VGA it is a lot (playing with maximum detail level), but lets hope that when Nvidia releases the updated profile for the game with the new 195.55 3D Vision driver things here will improve. So expect more from me on the topic as soon as the new driver update is available, maybe even later today… ;)

If you want to get the full game James Cameron’s: Avatar the Game…

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ASUS Launches World’s First Nvidia 3D Vision Notebook – Asus G51J 3D

November 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment · GeForce 3D Vision


I’ve already written about the Asus G51J 3D Vision laptop as there was some information regarding it already, but today finally Asus and Nvidia have officially announced the new model which is actually the first consumer laptop with 120Hz LCD display that comes bundled with Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision shutter glasses…

Introduced earlier this year for desktop PCs, NVIDIA 3D Vision technology instantly became the preferred 3D solution for playing computer games, watching movies, or viewing photographs in full resolution stereoscopic 3D. NVIDIA today, along with the world’s leading PC manufacturers, notebook panel manufacturers, and content developers, is pleased to announce the expansion of the NVIDIA 3D Vision ecosystem to include high-definition notebook platforms that integrate advanced 120Hz 3D Vision-capable displays directly into the chassis for on-the-go 3D.

“We are extremely excited about bringing the first NVIDIA 3D Vision notebook to market,” said PC Wang, Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Notebook Business Unit, System Business Group at ASUS. “NVIDIA and ASUS have a passion for gaming and cutting-edge technology, and this is another example of how great companies working together can deliver awesome new platforms to our combined customers.”

But wait, there is even more interesting info coming from Nvidia around the 3D Vision, it is not just the Asus G51J 3D laptop. It seems that the company has worked closely with display manufacturers, including CPT, LG, CMO, and Samsung, to bring state-of-the-art 120Hz 3D Vision-capable panels to notebook platforms, so we should probaly see other companies with 3D Vision-capable models very soon…

With notebook displays available, PC manufacturers are eager to bring 3D Vision notebooks to market. Notebooks will include the 120Hz 3D Vision-capable panel and bundle 3D Vision active-shutter glasses. ASUS is readying the first ever NVIDIA 3D Vision notebook—the ASUS G51J 3D—for worldwide release in early December, followed by other OEMs in 2010, including Clevo and others.

I’ll try to get my hands on one of the 3D Vision capable Asus laptops as soon as they become available in order to do a review of how good they implemented the stereoscopic technology in the G51J. It should be available in December in Europe, but in the states it will most likely arrive earlier…

To get yourself an ASUS Republic of Gamers G51J-3D 15.6-Inch 3-D Vision Gaming Laptop…

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Left 4 Dead 2 Game Demo in Stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision

November 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Stereo 3D Games


The second game from the Left 4 Dead series should be hitting the shelves in the game shops today, but since I’m still unable to get my hands on it, I just tried in stereoscopic 3D mode the demo of the game that is available for some time already. As you probably know the first Left 4 Dead game did very well when played in S3D mode with the help of Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision, so the expectations from the second game are also quite high. So if you like to become a zombie killing machine and have some fun for a while – Left 4 Dead is definitely your game, and if you combine that with a 3D Vision equipped PC the fun is almost doubled…


Left 4 Dead 2 does work and look very good in stereoscopic 3D mode with GeForce 3D Vision indeed and there are no serious issues or problems even though there was no profile from Nvidia especially for the title in the latest 3D Vision drivers. I could easily go up to 50-60% depth without getting too apparent ghosting which is quite good having in mind that the game does not have a specific profile to make it look better, as it is already quite good looking.


Of course Left 4 Dead 2 is not a game suitable for everyone, especially considering that you kill a lot of zombies and there is a lot of blood flying all over the place… and yes the blood also has depth. And it seems that the effect in the second part of the game is better made than in the first and the game in general is better made to take advantage of stereoscopic 3D gaming. Of course if you take your time and be extra careful you can also find some issues, like I did, but as I said nothing significant, although I’ll still mention what I’ve found…


Actually the only visual problem when playing in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision that is worth mentioning is that when you have some object over water it looks kind of tripled. This creates some weird appearance of the character as you can see on the screenshot, but fortunately there is not much water and what you see is from the beginning of the game (maybe there is more further in the game). Also have in mind that this is from the demo of the game and it could as well be fixed in the full version and there might also be some other changes and/or differences, but in general I can say that the game Left 4 Dead 2 is worth playing in stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision…

Get the full game Left 4 Dead 2 here if you don’t have it yet…

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