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Crytek To Demo CryENGINE 3 in Stereoscopic 3D at GDC 2010

March 1st, 2010 · 2 Comments · General 3D News


Crytek has just announced some very interesting news. It seems that the company is planning to show their CryENGINE 3 in stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) at this year’s GDC expo in San Francisco (11–13 March). It is interesting to note that this actually appears to be the first announcement about something S-3D to be showcased during GDC this year, as I was beginning to wonder if suddenly everyone forgot about Stereoscopic 3D. Lets hope that there will be much more to be seen during GDC in terms of Stereo 3D support, after all the developers need to be aware of the advantages that S-3D can bring into gaming along with how to properly implement game graphics and effects.

But back to the CryENGINE 3, one of the key features of the new engine is the “LiveCreate” feature, which will also be showcased at GDC, and what it does is to allow designers to work with a single editor, but see and play the results in real-time on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. With CryENGINE 3, scalability across multiple platforms is a revolutionary development to enable the creation of truly great-looking games – regardless of the target platform. Hopefully this will help a lot to stop seeing some crappy port of a game for one or another platform, especially if other developers adopt similar approach to their game engines.

“After the successful introduction of CryENGINE 3 at last year’s GDC, we are really excited to show the latest version of our all-in-one game development solution this year in stereoscopic 3D. Over the past few years, S-3D technology has emerged as one of the key trends both in movies and games. With CryENGINE 3, developers will have the ability to create their content in 3D on all platforms. There are basically no longer any limits to a designer’s creativity. CryENGINE 3 features many innovations to accelerate development, cut production costs and ensure teams are able to maximize their own creativity without delays,” says Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development CryENGINE.

It is worth to note that CryENGINE 3 seems to support Stereoscopic 3D natively and does not require additional drivers, or at least that is what Crytek demonstrated during Siggraph 2009 with the engine. And then again even before Siggraph, during GDC 2009, Cytek has also demonstrated working Stereoscopic 3D support with CryENGINE 2 on iZ3D display. Maybe it is about time for Crytek to become a bit more serious and active about S-3D and join an organization like The S3DGA, as there are still not a lot of game engines designed to support stereo 3D gaming. And while the Stereoscopic 3D support in CryENGINE 3 seems to be for PC only at the moment, with PS3 going to be 3D-ready soon and because of the LiveCreate feature of the engine we might see console S3D support too, and not only limited to PS3, but on Xbox 360 too. Still nothing official about stereoscopic 3D support for consoles coming from Crytek…

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James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game in Stereo 3D – How and When?

August 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

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Ok, we all know and have heard a lot how great the upcoming James Cameron’s Avatar movie will be, be we have to wait until 16th-18th December before we can actually see the movie in 3D, but a little bit before that will come a game based on the movie. Now James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is supposed to be also Stereo 3D compatible and playable on S3D capable hardware like Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision (at least for the PC version), but probably the top two consoles – Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will also have some sort of 3D mode. Now what puzzles me a lot is that there is a complete lack of information on what to expect from the game, but there is a lot of information about the movie… hell the game is supposed to be out before the movie and to serve as to some sort of good promotion for it, but that is only if you know that there is going to be a game based on the movie. The game is supposed to come out on 24th of November for all of the following consoles: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP, Nintendo DS and on 1st of December the PC version should come out. Actually the PC version is the most interesting one, because we all hope and expect that it will be 3D Vision compatible, meaning it will not only work in Stereo 3D, but will also look great out of the box. Unfortunately there is still no information coming from either Nvidia or Ubisoft on Stereo 3D support like there is already a lot of talk about the upcoming Resident Evil 5 game for PC, which will be the first 3D Vision optimized title. The official website of the game not only lacks updates, but there is even not enough of the essential information about the game that everyone is looking for and there are just a little more than 3 months left before the game actually comes out on the market. The guys making the game are keeping everything a total secret and nothing more that just some talk on what to generally expect and some game art are circling around. There is no official trailer or anything that even seems to be like gameplay footage available so you don’t actually know what to expect and this at the end may turn to have more negative that the probably expected positive effect. After all nowadays most of the people expect to have at least some general idea on what are they giving their money for before doing so, in order to not be completely disappointed afterwards that they were totally mislead… ;)

To the not very regularly updated official website of the game…
If you want to get the full game James Cameron’s: Avatar the Game…

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