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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in Stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision

February 27th, 2010 · 21 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a first-person shooter set to be released on March 2nd, as a sequel to released in 2008 game Battlefield: Bad Company. The new game is still following the continuing combat adventures of misfits of the US Army’s Company “B,” and Bad Company 2 features the characteristic humor and grit of the Bad Company series, as well as a variety of gameplay improvements and additions, including 2-24 player online support; all-new four man squad gameplay; and more. Couple this with the variety of vehicle related items and classic Battlefield weapons included with the Limited Edition, and you should have the Ultimate Battlefield Bad Company experience to date. That is of course if you intend to play the game normally and not in stereoscopic 3D mode as there are some issues that you should be aware of if you are going to play it in S3D, thankfully there is a workaround for most of them so that you can enjoy the game with the added perception of depth. Oh, and I almost forgot that Bad Company 2 is actually one of the still few games that supports some features of DirectX 11 if you have the compatible hardware, but for Stereo 3D that does not concern us at all yet.

I had a chance to try the game a bit early in stereo 3D mode and play a bit with the settings to find what can be done to improve the experience for S3D players using Nvidia’s 3D Vision. The bad news is that there is still no profile in 3D Vision available and the good news is that I have prepared a custom convergence file to be used for better results. When running the game for the first time you should set the resolution and detail level accordingly to reflect your available hardware, but be aware of the fact that the game is quite heavy and requires a powerful video card to be played in high detail in stereo 3D mode. You must disable HBAO (Horizon-based Ambient Occlusion) to get better results in stereo 3D mode and the other thing is to set the AA option to 1x (disable), otherwise you might not see depth in the game! You have to also disable bloom (set bloom=false), but that is done in the settings.ini file, DirectX version in use is also being controlled from the ini file with auto set by default to choose the highest supported (DX10 for 3D Vision). The settings.ini file can be found in the documents folder in a subfolder named BFBC2 and you can edit it with a plain text editor such as Notepad.

While playing the game you can notice some problems with shadows and lights rendering – weird shadows around characters or glowing halos, lowering the depth level can help get rid of these. Generally you can play with a higher depth level without very serious issues, but for most problem free experience with the custom convergence settings you need to get the depth level to a lower setting (5%-15% should be generally Ok). The crosshair and objective indicators on the screen are rendered in 3D which is good, but the HUD is in 2D, although with custom convergence settings this is not an issue. The good news is that we are expecting an official patch to improve stereo 3D support soon after the release of the game and an official 3D Vision profile. Meanwhile if you try these recommendations and my custom convergence settings please leave your comments below on how they worked for you.

To download the custom convergence settings for the game Battlefield: Bad Company 2…

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ryan Versaw // Feb 27, 2010 at 20:06

    Did you test this using the retail version or the beta version? I’m just curious as I know they made various fixes not present in the beta release.

    I’ll be getting the game immediately, though I won’t be able to play in 3D until I buy a new video card as mine isn’t powerful enough to make it worthwhile. Nvidia needs to hurry up with their DX11 cards :(

  • 2 Bloody // Feb 27, 2010 at 20:53

    This is for the final game, I haven’t tried the beta…

  • 3 DrFrak // Feb 28, 2010 at 02:38


    As stated on the Battlefield blog, an official 3D vision support patch will be released little time after the game’s release. There’s plan for 3D Vision Surround support too. Check that link for more on this: http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield_bad_company/archive/2010/02/19/bad-company-2-pc-graphics-details.aspx.

    Keep up the good work.

  • 4 Pipp // Feb 28, 2010 at 05:07

    The only thing thats in 3D is the crosshair and the sniper scope on me

  • 5 Najti // Feb 28, 2010 at 13:39

    @Pipp: Same here. I guess our release is from the same group ;)

  • 6 Bloody // Feb 28, 2010 at 13:49

    You need to disable AA, set it to 1x in the game video options…

  • 7 Pipp // Feb 28, 2010 at 14:59

    @Bloody: Thanks it worked

  • 8 tntgdh // Mar 2, 2010 at 06:11

    looks nice, but the sky is terrible. any way to make it look better in 3d ?

  • 9 Guimovie // Mar 2, 2010 at 17:59

    Sorry, im a fucking newbie,

    but how can i instal the .reg for battle field?

    Because, after doubleclic on it, and instal on the registre database, but when a launch the game, I have no 3d vision mode active…

    sorry im french….

  • 10 Bloody // Mar 2, 2010 at 18:26

    The reg file just adds the custom convergence settings, nothing else… are you sure you’ve disabled AA form the game options?

  • 11 Guimovie // Mar 2, 2010 at 19:19


    what’s the AA exactly, because in french, there are no AA in the Advanced video option…

  • 12 Bloody // Mar 2, 2010 at 19:22

    AA stands for Anti-Aliasing, I’m not sure how it is being called in French though…

  • 13 Rachel // Mar 2, 2010 at 19:42

    If i press ctrl-t it doesnt engage 3d mode
    Is there a reason for this?
    (i use it with a zalman screen)

  • 14 Romney // Mar 5, 2010 at 09:03

    Hopefully they will release the patch next week. they put the logo on the box of the game so i want them to make the money spent on the logo worth it by releasing the patch “SOON” to appese the 3d vision owners that continue to wait.

  • 15 Romney // Mar 5, 2010 at 11:01

    Ok i just downloaded the convergence file but i still get ghosting with depth all the way down. i can see now that it will look amazing in 3d…but they need to release the patch that was promised in the blog they host. If i mess with convergence mid game does it mess with all my games or just the game im tweaking it in?

  • 16 Isaac // Mar 6, 2010 at 15:44

    Thanks for the test, I was looking around in the internet because it was not working in 3D. Your Tip with disabling the AA did the trick for me.

  • 17 Marco Brazil // Mar 10, 2010 at 06:11

    thanks for the .reg file I was about to give up this game, so one doubts the reg file is just clik on it ?


  • 18 Bloody // Mar 10, 2010 at 10:42

    Yes, just doubleclick on it to import the settings in the registry.

  • 19 Dennis // Apr 8, 2010 at 17:27

    Worked great :D
    Gets a little harder to play but much cooler, thanks mate!

  • 20 ADILK66 - (MY NAME ON BC2) // Jul 10, 2010 at 19:51

    dont work for me why ? its for pc right? dont work what should i do ? plz e-mail me .

  • 21 Alex // Aug 23, 2010 at 23:49

    can not activate 3d with AA off (x1) textures and graphics all low
    with nvision glacess graph card nvidia 8800gt I3 2.9 gb 2 gb ram.
    works perfect with others like call of duty 4 with textures and graphics at max…?? someone help?… battlefield bad company 2 ctr-t nothing happens..AA off

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