Lately we’ve been literally attacked with a lot of hit titles to play during the holiday season and more are constantly coming out from different game developers. And the GPU makers have been pressed a bit in releasing a lot of new driver updates with fixes and improvements to make things work as they should or to bring better performance for the gamers. And today comes a new beta driver for the owners of Nvidia-based video cards in the form of driver version 290.36, the first release from the R290 series of drivers. This beta driver brings some new features and a lot of fixes, but as usual I’ll focus on what is new regarding stereoscopic 3D support and you can find the full release notes here in PDF format should you be interested in all the details.
The new beta driver has an interesting new feature for 3D Vision, it adds support for 3D Vision over the native DisplayPort 1.1 connection available on the new BenQ XL2420T and BenQ XL2420TX monitors (supporting 3D Lightboost technology). These are apparently the first 3D Vision-ready 3D monitors with DisplayPort available, so Nvidia has also found a reason to add support for 3D Vision to work over DisplayPort as well. Previously DisplayPort was only used together with active adapters to convert it to Dual-Link DVI, mostly for output from laptops that did not have DL-DVI interface, but now you should be able to directly connect one of these BenQ 3D monitors and use it in 3D mode.
The new driver also comes with added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:
– Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – rated Good
– Cang Sheng – rated Good
– Diablo 3 – rated Good
– Fei fei – rated Good
– Final Combat – rated Good
– L.A. Noire – updated rating to 3D Vision Ready
– LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – rated Fair
– Qian Nv You Hun Online – rated Good
– QQ Xi You – rated Good
– Sonic Generations – rated Good
– Xian Tu – rated Good
– Yong Bing Tian Xia Online – rated Good
There are a lot of Asian games being added with a rating Good, L.A. Noire is apparently finally fixed, MW3 should also work better in 3D. There are also some specific fixes for 3D Vision, 3DTV Play and stereo 3D in various specific situations and hardware combinations that you can read about in the detailed release notes I’ve linked already. But based on the user experience from the first people that have installed the new beta drivers and the issues and complaints that some of them are having, especially in stereo 3D mode, I would not advice you to hurry and install the beta, you may wish to wait for the WHQL release. But if you do install the 290.36 beta, you are welcome to share your feedback in the comments below…