Shattered Horizon is a multiplayer first-person shooter PC game where players fight in zero gravity on different levels in space and of course this is the first game that is coming from Futuremark Games Studio (3DMark anyone?). There is still not much info made available for the game, because it is just exited from closed beta status and not many people had access to it, but there is a lot of interest and big expectations from everyone for this title. The game is expected to be released by the end of this year (and Futuremark seems to be right on track for that), although there is still no official release date announced, but enough with that, lets talk a bit abut the game and its 3D Vision compatibility. Here is some first hand information about the game, but mostly focused on its 3D Vision compatibility and you should have in mind that in the final version of the game things might be different. Now I’ve been participating in the closed beta that just finished in the last few days and finally I’m able to share freely an overview of the game based on the final beta version and how things progressed since the earlier versions of the game, but still nobody is allowed to publish screenshots from the game as they were not from the final version of the game! So no images from me either, but still an overview of how things are looking so far… in text only ;)
And here is the first official trailer with in-game footage to give you a bit of an idea on what to expect from this space FPS game, but enough with the introduction, lets talk about the game and what to expect from it in S3D…
In the first betas the game was not very optimized so it was quite heavy on the video card and the system as well, but in each of the updates things were becoming better and better, including the improvement of the options menu for tweaking up the graphics settings. So pretty much in the final beta build 7 things were looking very good, although there was still something to be desired, but this should hopefully be fixed and improved up to the final version of the game. At first there were also some issues related to people using Nvidia SLI setups with two or more video cards, but this was fixed, so you can expect that playing in high resolution with maximum detail level the game will be quite demanding on your hardware now even SLI setups should be Ok in the final game (don’t know about Crossfire as I do not have such system available). Anyway I’ve had some issues with running the game (the earlier betas) on a test Dell XPS 1730 laptop with dual GeForce 9800M GT in SLI…
As for playing in stereoscopic 3D, you should be aware that by default there is no profile from Nvidia intended for Shattered Horizon in the latest 3D Vision drivers, so the beta works with the default S3D settings. And if you run the game things look pretty much Ok at first look besides your gun that is very close and looks “out of focus”, so a bit of convergence adjustment is needed, but more about that in a minute. After a more closer inspection you can see a problem in the right frame – the gun is teared and looks doubled on the image only your right eye sees, but is Ok on the one for the left eye. After a bit of playing with the convergence level you can get much better results, showing your gun as it should normally be seen without the “out of focus” effect and the doubling in the right frame. The objects that are more far still look quite good and “deeper” in the screen, as this optimization is for depth stereoscopic effect and not for pop-out effect when viewing in Stereo 3D, which is the best for Shattered Horizon and for most other FPS games. Of course there are still some visual problems and objects that look a bit weird when viewed in stereoscopic 3D mode. I’ve prepared a REG file with the needed settings for the custom convergence level for the beta that should also work for the final game (maybe just renaming the executable), but this is just in case if Nvidia does not have a profile ready by then. By importing the Reg file (link below) in the registry of your OS you just need to run the game and it will start with these custom convergence settings applied, providing you with the best possible S3D result so far.
Now, as of be beta build 7 and with the custom convergence adjustment not everything is still perfect, you can notice that some lights in a bit of a distance from you are misplaced in the frame shown for the right eye when playing in S3D mode. Also sometimes the distant dust (it should be dust and not smoke in space, right?) also is misplaced in the frame that is rendered for the right eye in stereoscopic 3D mode, but it is better than in earlier betas and in the final game we can also hope to have these fixed in order to have the game to perform great when player with Geforce 3D Vision.
September 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Games
I’ve taken down this article due to a request from Futuremark Games Studio, you can expect it revised and back online after the game exits beta stage and the final version is out in the wild. And of course I do hope that the final Shattered Horizon will have great S3D compatibility not only with Nvidia’s 3D Vision, but with other Stereoscopic 3D systems too. ;)