I have a little teaser for you, an Asus VG278H 3D monitor with 3D Vision 2 ready for testing. I’ll be testing the display in the next few days, so soon you can expect a detailed review of the stereo 3D performance of the first 3D monitor equipped with Nvidia’s 3D Lightboost technology very soon. Meanwhile feel free to ask for things you want to know about the monitor or things you want tested on it. And if you are currently considering what new 3D monitor to get, then I’d recommend you to wait a bit more…
October 30th, 2011 · 69 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
October 18th, 2011 · 8 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
Are 3D Vision 2 glasses compatible with 3D TVs?
No, 3D Vision 2 glasses are designed to work with 3D Vision monitors, notebooks, and Nvidia IR emitters.
How does 3D LightBoost technology work?
NVIDIA 3D LightBoost works by controlling the panel backlight to only turn on when the LCD screen contains a ghost free-image. Since that is a short period of time, the NVIDIA GPU can turn the backlight on with higher energy which results in increasing 3D brightness.
Will the first-generation 3D Vision wired/wireless glasses work with 3D LightBoost monitors and notebooks?
Yes, all 3D Vision glasses work with 3D LightBoost and will receive the benefits of brighter 3D. Also all glasses are 100% compatbile with all existing NVIDIA IR emitters.
Can existing 3D Vision monitors or notebooks be updated to support 3D LightBoost, via a firmware update, for example?
No. 3D LightBoost technology needs to be designed into new monitors and notebooks, it is not only done with new firmware.
Does NVIDIA 3D LightBoost work over HDMI 1.4 3D when connected to a Sony PlayStation 3, Blu-ray 3D Player, or set top box?
Yes, the 3D LightBoost technology will work over HDMI 1.4 3D as well and all content will receive the benefits of brighter 3D – games, movies etc.
Will 3D Vision 2 glasses work with existing 3D Vision Ready monitors, notebooks, and USB IR emitters?
Yes, users will be able to use the new 3D Vision 2 glasses with existing 3D Vision Ready monitors and Nvidia IR emitter. However, to experience NVIDIA 3D LightBoost, they will need to purchase a new a 3D LightBoost compatible monitor or notebook. Without a 3D LightBoost compatible monitor the glasses will perform no different from the first generation of 3D Vision.
I currently own a Toshiba Qosmio X750/X755 notebook, and the display seems brighter than typical displays. Is this 3D LightBoost technology?
Yes, Toshiba included 3D LightBoost in the Qosmio X750/X755 notebook. However, they decided to ship this notebook before the availability of 3D Vision 2 glasses, which means that users will not be able to fully experience the technology. This is why Toshiba didn’t announce 3D LightBoost support at the time of launch.
Where can I find a list of monitors and notebooks that support 3D Vision 2?
Please check the 3D Vision website for more details http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-glasses.htmlа>
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…