Our colleagues at MTBS3D just announced the release of GameGradeVR, a service very similar to the GameGrade3D, intended to help gamers rate game compatibility with the various VR drivers – TriDef Ignition, Vireio Perception, VorpX as well as native support, all of which support Oculus Rift, but some are not limited only to that 3D-capable HMD. The GameGradeVR submissions are only limited for true stereoscopic 3D support and if a game uses 2D+Depth, Virtual 3D or Z-Depth rendering to create the stereoscopic 3D effect rating for it should not be submitted. You need to be registered at MTBS3D in order to be able to submit ratings in the GameGradeVR and the good thing about this system is that it is completely user driven, meaning that a game or a VR driver that claims to provide great results and experience may not turn out to be rated as such by the actual users and the opposite can also be true. So check out the GameGradeVR if you are interested and do have in mind that it was just launched, so there are still not that many submissions and here you can help…
December 9th, 2013 · No Comments · 3D / AR / VR / HMD
November 1st, 2011 · 5 Comments · General 3D News
HP is finally joining in with a 3D LCD monitor, after the company also released a 3D-capable laptop quite a while ago in the Envy product line. What is interesting in this announcement is that the HP 2311gt monitor is a passive 3D solution and not an active 3D one as HP has shown last year with HP 2310g. So it seems that we won’t be seeing a 3D Vision-ready monitor for now from HP and they have apparently abandoned the idea to release the active HP 2310g 3D LCD monitor and have replaced it with the HP 2311gt passive 3D model.
The 23-inch HP 2311gt LED backlit 3D monitor uses Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, offers native 1920×1080 resolution, comes bundled with 2 pairs of passive 3D glasses, Cyberlink PowerDVD software bundled to offer 2D to 3D video conversion and playback as well as DDD’s TriDef Ignition software for playing games in stereoscopic 3D format. This new 3D monitor from HP is apparently already available in some parts of Europe…
HP 2311gt Monitor Specifications:
Viewable Image Size: 58.42 cm (23.0-inch) diagonal
Display Type: TN LCD active matrix
Response time: 5 ms typical
Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
Brightness: 200-250 cd/m² (2D mode); 100 cd/m² (3D mode)
Contrast ratio: 1000:1 static; 3000000:1 dynamic (2D mode)
View angle: 170° horizontal, 160° (2D mode) and 12° (3D mode) vertical
Maximum Graphics Resolution in 2D: 1920×1080 @ 60 Hz
Maximum Graphics Resolution in 3D: 1920×540 @ 60 Hz
3D Glasses: 3D Passive FPR (Film-type Patterned Retarder) Glasses
Video Input Terminals: VGA, DVI, and HDMI
Power Consumption: 45 watts max, 33 watts typical, 0.5 watts sleep
Dimensions (W x D x H): 557.95×159.0x416.48 mm (21.97×6.26×16.40 in)
Maximum Weight: 4.3 kg (9.5 lb)
What is interesting is the fact that HP is giving out all the not so attractive specs that most of other makers of passive 3D monitors tend to “forget” to mention to the customers. I’m talking about things like the reduced brightness in 3D mode, the very small vertical viewing angle in 3D mode, the lower resolution in 3D mode. Most others just save you these important things and focus on the better points in passive versus active 3D solutions, leaving the impression that it is much better and does not have any drawbacks.
March 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment · General 3D News
DDD has just released an update to their TriDef 3D software after a bit more than 3 months with no updates. The other AMD HD3D partner – iZ3D, should’ve also had a new beta available (“before the end of March”), however there is still nothing new and they haven’t released updates for more than 5 months already, but hopefully they will soon have something new too. Getting back to the new TriDef 3D software version 4.5, it apparently now supports over 460 games (430 DDD game profiles and 30+ user submitted profiles) or about 40 new profiles since the previous version 4.4. Among the new game profiles added are Dragon Age II, Men of War Assault Squad, Bulletstorm, Assasin’s Creed Brotherhood, Lineage 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Tron Evolution, and apparently a lot of Chinese and Korean MMO games. There are also several game profile improvements relating to auto-focus, Virtual3D, scan rules, icons, performance and crashes. (for games such as Metro 2033, Starcraft II, Prince of Persia the Forgotten sands, Aion etc…). DDD is promising significantly improved cursor and window handling on some systems and games as well as improved the user friendliness of several error messages. There is also a hot-key added to Toggle Virtual 3D On/Off – Alt+Shift+V. This all goes for the TriDef 3D Ignition and apparently there is nothing new fixed or improved in the TriDef 3D Media Player.