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Nvidia is Getting Ready for 3D HDTV Support With 3DTV Play

March 15th, 2010 · 14 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Recently with the non-stop talk about the upcoming 3D-ready HDTVs there was a lot of talk and questions if 3D Vision will work on these or not and Nvidia has just answered to that question, at least partially. The company has just announced its software solution called 3DTV Play that will supposedly enable Nvidia GeForce GPU-powered PCs or notebooks to be connected to 3DTVs over the new HDMI 1.4 interface and play games in stereoscopic 3D mode just like what currently the owners of 3D Vision active shutter glasses and 120Hz LCD monitors are able to do on their computers. Besides being able to play games in S3D mode you should also be able to watch upcoming Blu-ray 3D Hollywood blockbusters, view digital 3D photographs, and even streaming 3D movies according to Nvidia. The 3DTV Play software will be available later this spring and sold separately with an anticipated U.S. MSRP of $39.99, but it should be available for free for current 3D Vision customers (with a free future software update of the 3D Vision drivers)…

For the launch of 3DTV Play, Nvidia has teaming up with Panasonic on its coast-to-coast 2010 “Panasonic Touch the Future Tour,” where consumers can test drive 3DTV Play-based PCs running on the new Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3D TVs, that just launched this month, but the solution should work with other brands of 3D-capable HDTVs with HDMI 1.4 interface. The active-shutter glasses bundled with each Panasonic VIERA full HD 3D TV are supposed to work seamlessly with Nvidia GPUs and off-the-shelf PC gaming titles and other 3D entertainment content already available or released in the future. This means that you will not have to rely on the Nvidia 3D Vision active shutter glasses to have the same features available on a new generation of 3D-ready HDTV that ships with its own active shutter glasses. According to the information 3DTV Play can be run on GeForce GPU-based desktop or notebook PCs equipped with an HDMI or DVI connector (over an adapter to HDMI most likely), although it will most likely not work (not confirmed yet) with the 3D Vision kit, although the owners of 3D Vision will get the 3DTV Play software for free. The 3DTV Play software supposedly offers support for HDMI 1.4 equipped TVs and can provide support for the 1080p24, 720p60, and 720p50 3D formats specified in this version of the HDMI specifications. The first one obviously is for Blu-ray 3D as you probably would not want to play games with 24 frames per eye even if it is in Full HD resolution, so for gaming you’ll probably have to go for 1280×720 resolution with either 50 or 60 frames per eye (100/120Hz).

If you want to visit the official Nvidia 3DTV Play product page…

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