This week I was trying out for a bit an Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet using Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, actually one of the first to become available to the market in Europe (similar to Motorola Xoom in US). The tablet is based on Nvidia Tegra 2 and although there is no 3D screen present (fear not, 3D-capable tablets are also coming), I was surprised to find a game that actually natively supports stereoscopic 3D mode and more specifically anaglyph 3D rendering if you have a pair of paper or plastic glasses lying around. The game is Pinball HD, released just recently and is optimized for Tegra. It comes with three different “tables” and all of them support anaglyph 3D rendering in multiple formats – red-cyan, green-magenta and yellow-blue.
I’ve tried the game with a plastic pair of anaglyph red-cyan glasses that I’ve had laying around and it seemed quite nice… and I haven’t used anaglyph 3D for quite a while. Have in mind that activating the 3D mode in the game can increase the load on the tablet and you can notice some slight lag at times, that is with the default of 1GHz per core on the Tegra chip (overclocked Motorola Xoom running at 1.5GHz per core is more than fine). But back to the game, in both stereo 3D and normal 2D mode it looks really nice and if you happen to get a tablet with Android 3.0 this is one of the games that you should try, it can help killing some free time when you have it… especially when traveling and I plan to do some next week. And with that said, Pinball HD will be my dose of anaglyph 3D for now and I’m going back to active shutter glasses, although I do plan to try some other 3D apps from the Android Market that seemed interesting while testing the tablet… ;)
Tags:Acer Iconia Tab A500·anaglyph 3d·Android 3.0·Android 3.0 Honeycomb·Motorola Xoom·Nvidia Tegra 2·Pinball HD·red-cyan
The usage of Anaglyph method for viewing stereoscopic 3D is still by far the easiest way to get a glimpse of what is possible in the world of S3D and what you can expect from a better solution. Of course there are some issues associated with the anaglyph method like problems with color reproduction or you getting tired even after a little use of the red-cyan or other color filters. But still having in mind that you can try it without the need for special display, glasses or even software that you have to pay is just enough for a lot of people to want to try that first and then go with solutions like 3D Vision, iZ3D Monitors, Zalman Trimon and others that require a serious investment in hardware and not only for the 3D setup itself, but also for the PC that will be able to handle the 3D content good enough. So lets get to the point how you can test anaglyph stereo 3D gaming on your mobile computer in particular, but the same solutions will also work on a desktop PC…
If your laptop has an Nvidia-based GPU inside (GeForce 8xxx or later mobile graphics) you can go for the 3D Vision drivers and use their free anaglyph mode called 3D Vision Discover with any pair of plain red-cyan anaglyph glasses paper or plastic. Or it was working without problems for the 3D Vision Drivers up to version 190.38, as with the later 191.xx (if I remember correctly) up to the latest ones you will get the error above when trying to enable the Stereoscopic 3D mode from the control panel. It seems that when you run any newer 3D Vision drivers they try to find a compatible 120Hz LCD panel in your laptop and if they don’t you are out of luck and cannot even enable the 3D Vision Discover mode to try out the anaglyph mode. It is still weird why Nvidia did not do anything about his issue since it has been around for some time already, or maybe they are simply ignoring all the owners of gaming laptops since there is still no official 3D Vision support for mobile systems with external monitor (with shutter glasses and 120Hz LCD). If you are a lucky owner of Asus G51J 3D laptop – the only one so far with a 120Hz panel you are Ok and you probably should not have any problems running the 3D Vision Discover anaglyph mode too, but why would you do it on this laptop anyway? Still with a modified drivers and and external 120Hz LCD monitor you can run both anaglyph and shutter glasses mode with the 3D vision driver. At least running the anaglyph mode on your desktop PC does not bring any issues, but still if you don’t yet have the shutter glasses you cannot even try the anaglyph mode on your laptop, why?
Anyway, the good news is that there are alternatives for laptop owners that still want to try the free anaglyph mode and that is to use the iZ3D Driver that does support Anaglyph and a few other stereo 3d viewing methods apart for the specific mode used for their own stereoscopic 3D displays. Another good thing about the use of this driver is that it will work not only on Nvidia-based hardware (including pre-stream processors architecture GPUs), but also on ATI-based video cards. The only drawback here is that the iZ3D Driver still does not support DirectX 10 games, unlike the Nvidia solution, although the company seems to be working on adding it for some time now. So if you have a laptop and you want to try out stereoscopic 3D gaming on it with anaglyph mode you should definitely download and try the iZ3D Driver.
– To download the iZ3D Driver with free Stereoscopic 3D anaglyph mode…
Tags:3d display·3d gaming·3d vision·3d vision discover·anaglyph·directx 10·iz3d·iz3d driver·red-cyan·stereoscopic 3d gaming·try s3d gaming