The game Diablo III is one of the highly anticipated game titles coming this year and it is almost here and this weekend Blizzard had a quick open beta of the game to stress test the infrastructure and to give a short peek of what to expect to a lot of people. I took advantage of that short open beta to play a bit the game and of course try it out in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision. The 3D Vision drivers rate Diablo III as Good for stereo 3D play with the note that some objects render at wrong depth. The good news is that the game (judging from the beta) is actually quite playable in stereoscopic 3D mode if you keep at low to moderate depth levels as going to a high depth creates an uncomfortable feeling due to the fact that some things are rendered at screen depth level and they should not be. Things like the mouse cursor, character markers, object text, on screen messages etc are rendered at screen depth level, but pretty much all else is rendered well in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision thus lower depth works Ok. You should be aware that the game is a no-go for pop-out in stereo 3D mode at its current state and some things really do look like cardboard cutouts (flat) and this could really be intentional actually (you’ll probably not notice it unless you play in stereo 3D mode). Considering what Blizzard has done with Starcraft 2 for example we could as well get an update for the game that will make it work well in stereoscopic 3D mode just as it happened with SC2. Blizzard has posted that they are aware of the issues with the stereoscopic 3D rendering using 3D Vision and this is a good sign that they will most likely fix them in time for the full game’s release, or shortly after that. The game Diablo III is expected to be released on May 15th this year, so not much waiting left…
April 22nd, 2012 · 3 Comments · Stereo 3D Games
September 13th, 2011 · 10 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision
Nvidia has made available a new graphics beta driver version 285.27 available which introduces some new features and improvements for 3D Vision stereo 3D users. Nvidia is addressing one of the issues bothering quite a lot of 3D enthusiasts with high-end gaming systems, namely the lack of support for SLI configurations with some stereo 3D capabilities for 3D Vision, as in this driver there is now support for viewing 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D with SLI PCs. However there is more work needed to be done in this aspect, because 3D Vision window mode still does not support SLI setups for stereo 3D games and applications, 3D Vision Photo Viewer, or the 3D Vision Video Player. So do not wonder why you may not see the option to activate the 3D window mode in the Nvidia Control Panel if you have SLI and it is active, you may need to disable the SLI for a while and then re-enable it after you finish using the window 3D mode. This is important to note as the stereo 3D window mode is now the default viewing option for the 3D Vision Photo Viewer software.
The new drivers also add the following 3D Vision game profiles: Aion, Diablo 3, Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) 2, From Dust, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2, Last Remnant Benchmark, Men of War Assault Squad, Stock Car. They also update the 3D Vision game profile for Dirt 3 changing the rating of the game in stereo 3D mode to Excellent, so apparently the new driver gets rid of the issues the game had in stereo 3D mode. Unfortunately the rating of Diablo III is just good as apparently some objects render at wrong depth or incorrectly and DOTA 2 is even worse with a Not Recommended rating and these will be two very popular and widely played games, but you should apparently forget about playing them in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision for now.