The game Dark Void was supposed to be one of the 3D Vision supported titles, but when the demo came out I was quite disappointed from the results in showed when played in stereo 3D mode. But when the final game came out I was again quite surprised, this time for good, as it performed quite well in stereoscopic 3D mode, but not only that… the game actually shines when played on a stereo 3D equipped system. If you’ve read some of the game publications reviews of the game you’ve seen that they were not very impressive, but they missed one key ingredient that really adds a lot to the experience and that is playing in stereoscopic 3D mode. You can read my general game review and how an what the game offers when used with 3D Vision and with the help of Neil Schneider also with DDD’s TriDef and with iZ3D.
February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Games
February 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · GeForce 3D Vision
Recently there are some interesting hings happening around Nvidia’s 3D Vision solution for stereoscopic 3D gaming and movie and photo viewing, so here is what is new in brief…
You know that the game Dark Void has been out for a few days already and it is the latest title to support PhysX and 3D Vision, however the profile in the 3D Vision drivers rates the game as Good and not Excellent as you’d expect from an official (?) 3D Vision title. The game has been developed by Capcom, the same guys that made the Resident Evil 5 – the first official 3D Vision-optimized title that came out (the PC version only).
Some of the issues that Dark Void has are due to the use of Unreal engine ant it is not handling perfectly well in stereoscopic 3D mode, so basically most of the games based on it have some issues that need to be fixed afterwards. A good example for a game that is also based on the same Unreal engine, but has been constantly improved to offer good stereoscopic 3D support for 3D Vision is Borderlands. The developers from Gearbox have been constantly improving the 3D Vision support and they just released a new patch version 1.21 that adds 3D crosshair in the game instead of the 2D one when playing in S3D mode.
After five days or exactly on February 9th the game Bioshock 2 should become available. And this is supposedly to be another 3D Vision-ready title and if you ask me is much more interesting and can look really great in stereoscopic 3D mode if it is done right. And especially after the success of the first BioShock, everyone is expecting a lot from the sequel.
Another interesting game title expected next month, March 16th is Metro 2033. This game is supposed to be something like a post-apocalyptic FPS with some RPG elements, with the action going on underground in the Russian Metro, the year is 2033 and what is left of the humanity is just trying to survive in the harsh post-apocalyptic world. This game should support DirectX 10, take advantage of PhysX and officially be 3D Vision-ready, so you should put it in your to look forward to list of games.
Some other games that might be officially 3D Vision-ready are the upcoming on February 16th Aliens vs Predator with its multiplayer demo just released and available for download over Steam (this one is supposed to be DirectX 11 and ATI Eyefinity title, so official 3D Vision-readiness is a bit questionable). There is also the expected to be released on March 2nd Battlefield: Bad Company 2, another first-person shooter that is currently undergoing a beta testing stage.
Finally if you already own a 3D Vision kit you might complete a short survey that Nvidia is currently conducting regarding the accessories that come with their shutter glasses. So if you have a spare minute you can fill in the few simple questions, absolutely anonymous, providing some feedback on how you use the product and this way maybe help improving the next version of the 3D Vision….
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January 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
Nvidia has released a new Full driver CD version 1.20 for 3D Vision owners containing both the GeForce and the 3D Vison drivers version 196.21. What is the most significant change in this driver release is the addition of beta support for Tripple/Quad SLI VGA setups for owners of really high-end PCs (beta means you might still have trouble making it work!). The new driver also support for Alienware OptX AW2310 120Hz LCD monitor and Acer GD245HQ/GD235HZ 120Hz LCDs, although they worked with version 1.18 too. There are also fixes that are supposed to resolve the issues for people having problems with using the Generic DLP mode or CRT displays with 3D Vision (anyone with such please report if they fixed the problem with detection). And as last, there is also a new game profile for the recently released game Dark Void. Please note it is recommended that you disable dynamic shadows for this game!