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ATI’s Stereoscopic 3D Plans Will Start With Catalyst 10.3

February 23rd, 2010 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

The above slide is from recent AMD/ATI presentation regarding their upcoming Stereoscopic 3D support for 120Hz displays and the new Catalyst 10.3 drivers due to be released in March. The slide mentions only iZ3D as a middleware partner by name, but suggests that others will also be supported (DDD for example), but don’t get your hopes too high yet. The Bit Cauldron shutter glasses, the ones that are supposed to go along with this solution, should be available around the summer and iZ3D haven’t released a new beta of the driver for quite some time. So things are slowly moving for ATI and the reason for that is that they decided to go for more open solution, but they have more external factors to take into account partnering with other companies to provide the complete solution. iZ3D’s driver currently can work on both Nvidia and ATI hardware, but their shutter glasses support is still in beta and is not problem free – looses sync when the framerate drops below the refresh rate. So with a new version of the driver and all other pieces in place, with Catalys 10.3 or newer being part of all that, we can hope to have an alternative solution that will support ATI’s GPUs for stereoscopic 3D gaming, photos and videos on a 120Hz LCD display in a few months. And as for 120Hz displays there are already quite a few with more expected to be available by the summer and we all expect to have 120Hz capable HDTVs from most major consumer electronics players by that time too. So things will definitely be very HOT this summer regarding S3D and not only…

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 CrystalCowboy // Feb 24, 2010 at 00:48

    What about Linux support from ATI?

  • 2 Bloody // Feb 24, 2010 at 01:32

    As mentioned ATI will rely on middleware for the actual stereoscopic 3D conversion of the games, so basically you need additional software that does support Linux and that is still a problem.

  • 3 vesper8 // Feb 24, 2010 at 01:43

    I’m really happy you mentionned this. I am really interested in 3D gaming and I have a high end ATI video card. I’ve been jealous of the Nvidia 3DVision solution for quite some while and have been looking for info on Catalyst 10.3 and what it’ll mean almost daily.

    I can’t wait to see how this will pan out.. even once the drivers are ready.. what will happen to the game compatibility? Nvidia has hundreds of game profiles that make games work well and adjust the convergence and all those settings.. but I assume ATI won’t be able to reuse any of that will they?

  • 4 Bloody // Feb 24, 2010 at 10:52

    It is not about ATI, but what iZ3D and possibly DDD will have ready to work with the ATI hardware and 120Hz LCDs with shutter glasses. Both companies are developing their software solutions to turn 3D games into stereo 3D for quite some time now and there are quite a lot of profiles for them already and the rest will be up to the users and the community that is expected to grow with ATI actively jumping in.

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