There was a lot of hype surrounding the 3D coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in London this year and now that we are nearing the end of this sports event it is time to watch the big question – did you watch the games in 3D, or in 2D or at all? Prior to the games’ start Panasonic has announced that most of the people in US would have access to the Olympic Games in 3D format, in UK there is also good coverage available considering it is actually hosting the games, Australia was also keen on broadcasting the games in 3D. But what about the rest of the world, actually many people in different countries were happy to get to watch the games in HD, let alone dream about being able to get 3D broadcasts. The reality is that 3D TV channels and 3D broadcasts are still from being widely available besides a few of the major markets, but even in the big markets with 3D coverage available it seems that not that many people actually watched the 3D coverage. Of course taking into account that still only a little percentage of the people that are covered with 3D broadcasts have 3D-capable devices to watch on it is to be expected…
But what about you, did you have 3D coverage, have you watched the Olympic Games in 3D, did you like what you saw or on the contrary – you were not interested in the 3D coverage and watched them in 2D, or maybe you were not even interested in the games? Also what is your opinion about watching sports in 3D? There seem to be a lot of efforts going in the direction of promoting 3D coverage of sports events as something to drive the interest and demand for 3D devices, but the question is if it is really doing that or not? I wasn’t lucky enough to get access to local 3D broadcast of the Olympic Games, so I do hope that after they finish somebody will make a Blu-ray 3D with the opening and closing ceremonies as well as some of the best moments. Not that big sports fan either, though I’m keeping an eye on the games from time to time, but what abut you? Feel free to share your comments and feedback below.
Michael from iWATCH3D.com has shot an interesting video in 3D of the spectators at the Trafalgar square of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. Definitely a different take on the Olympic Games in 3D, besides the coverage we are getting from the sports events in 3D already, so do take a look at the sports fans at the Olympic Games and their enthusiasm. Also feel free to share your comments about the video should you watch it.
I usually tend to not pay much attention to games that are created around some event, compliment a movie release and such, because usually these are nothing special or interesting and they get released just to fill a gap expanding the franchise. Though there are some rare occasions that such a game may actually turn out to be quite good and interesting to play, unfortunately this is not the case with London 2012: The Official Video Game released about a month ago. So up until now I wasn’t interested in it at all, but in light of the Olympic Games and all the talk about their 3D coverage I’ve decried to finally give the PC version a try, of course in stereoscopic 3D mode.
To my surprise it turned out that the game has native stereoscopic 3D rendering and built-in 3D mode that outputs only in Side by Side format, apparently intended for use on stereoscopic 3D-capable TV sets and not for PC. Actually the game leaves very clear impression that it has been developed with consoles in mind and it has just been ported to PC, and actually without a gamepad you may find it not very comfortable for playing. The good news is that since the game features native stereoscopic 3D rendering and Side by Side output you also get stereoscopic 3D support on the versions intended for consoles such as the PS3 or the Xbox 360. So multiplatform stereoscopic 3D support, though only in Side by Side format where you actually need to sacrifice some of the image quality and sharpness when in 3D mode, due to the lower horizontal resolution that you have for the image that each eye sees. But the graphics of the game itself is nothing special anyway (probably limited due to the console processing power and the need of decent stereo 3D support), though it is still Ok, you might want to crank up that AA a bit higher (at least you can do it on PC, so take advantage from that feature).
So how about not activating the built-in Side by Side 3D mode and instead opting out for rendering the game in stereo 3D mode using 3D Vision? The latest beta video drivers and profile updates don’t show the presence of an official 3D Vision profile for the game, so apparently Nvidia did not bother much with that particular game as well. But having the game supporting native stereoscopic 3D rendering, even when using 3D Vision produces very good stereoscopic 3D effect with no serious issues visible, so you can give it a try if you are a big sports fan and cannot wait for the actual Olympic Games to start in a few days. Someone reported that when running the game in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision you get image seen only in one eye, try changing something in the video settings of the game like the level of AA or the resolution and you should get it rendered normally in both eyes.