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Nvidia 3DTV Play Software Finally to be Available in September

August 23rd, 2010 · 7 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

August is almost over and apparently we are not going to see the Nvidia 3DTV Play software available as previously expected, but now the Nvidia guys are talking about a September release date to journalists, so the wait is almost over. According to Pocket-lint Nvidia told them that:

Nvidia’s 3DTV Play software will be available as a standalone product for around £30, with the software available for now to existing Nvidia 3D vision kit owners. It will also be bundled in with all kits sold from the date of its release, which we were told will be September.

Personally I’m a bit disappointed because of the recent long waits after the official product announcements for both Fermi, 3D Vision Surround and now the 3DTV Play. Actually I would’ve preferred to get a late product announcement soon followed by the actual product than to have an early announcement and wait for months for the products. Waiting for too long just gets your hopes higher and higher with every passing day and after that when you finally get the actual product you expect it to be much better than it actually is and this way comes the actual disappointment. I’ve already seen the 3DTV Play software in action on a short demonstration and I liked it, but I’m pretty sure that when it finally becomes available there will be more things to be desired despite the long wait. For example HDMI 1.4a support which added a few more features to the S3D specs in the format as apparently the initial 3DTV Play software release will only support HDMI 1.4 specs as reported by some people that also had the chance to play with the software during some demos. Hopefully in September we’ll all finally have a good reason (hopefully) to get a new 3D HDTV for playing PC games in stereo 3D mode on a big screen as with the current level of 3D content available for 3D HDTV owners they still do not seem that attractive.

To read about Engadget’s first hand experience with the 3DTV Play software…
To read about Pocket-lint’s first hand experience with the 3DTV Play software…

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HDMI 1.4a Specifications with Updated Stereoscopic 3D Support

March 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech


HDMI Licensing has announced the release of HDMI Specification Version 1.4a featuring some enhancements for 3D applications including the addition of mandatory 3D formats for broadcast content as well as the addition of the 3D format referred to as Top-and-Bottom. An extraction of the 3D portion of Specification Version 1.4a is also freely available for public download on the HDMI Web site in order to provide public access to the 3D portion of the HDMI Specification for those companies and organizations that are not HDMI Adopters, but require access to this portion of the Specification.

Having set a complete set of Mandatory 3D Formats in HDMI Specification Version 1.4 (with the updates available in 1.4a), the association is trying to ensure interoperability for devices designed to deliver 3D content over the HDMI connection. Implementing the mandatory formats of the HDMI Specification facilitates interoperability among devices, allowing devices to speak a common 3D language when transmitting and receiving 3D content. Or in plain words that means that you’ll be able to plug in your PlayStation 3 console, when it is updated to support stereo 3D, into a 3D-ready Samsung HDTV for example and not only having to use it with a compatible Sony TV set. Here is a list of the mandatory 3D formats that should all be supported by all compatible displays to ensure full compatibility…

For movie content (like Blu-ray 3D)
– Frame Packing: 1080p @23.98/24Hz

For game content (like PS3)
– Frame Packing: 720p @50 or 59.94/60Hz

For broadcast content (like 3D TV)
– Side-by-Side Horizontal: 1080i @50 or 59.94/60Hz
– Top-and-Bottom: 720p @ 50 or 59.94/60Hz or 1080p @23.97/24Hz

For more information you can go and download the updated 3D portion of the HDMI Specification Version 1.4a form the official HDMI website as it is freely available to anyone interested, you just need to fill in a form with some information.

To download the updated 3D portion of the HDMI Specification Version 1.4a…

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