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Nvidia has Revealed its Official Plans for the 3DTV Play Software

October 21st, 2010 · 11 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

By now you should know that the first beta versions of the Release 260 drivers for Nvidia-based video cards did also include beta support for the 3DTV Play software and with the recent release of the first 260.89 WHQL drivers it is now out of beta. Of course in order to take advantage of the additional 3DTV Play functionality you need to already have the 3D Vision glasses kit with the IR transmitter plugged in in a free USB port on your PC (laptop or desktop). But today Nvidia has officially announced the 3DTV Play software as well as it’s future plans – how and with what it will be distributed, as well as when to expect the standalone release that will be sold to customers that do not own the 3D Vision kit.

What the 3DTV Play software does is to allow you to connect your computer to a 3D-capable HDTV by utilizing the HDMI 1.4 standard (and not yet the revised 1.4a version, but that is not an issue at all) and of course give you the opportunity to play 3D photos, 3D Videos and Movies and most of all play games in stereoscopic 3D mode on your big-screen television instead on a smaller 3D LCD monitor. Of course the software has some limitations, but they are implied by the HDMI 1.4 specifications fro stereo 3D content and the major one is the support for 1080p at 24 frames per eye and 720p at 50/60 fps per eye in stereo 3D mode. This is something that was built-in the stereo 3D specifications for the HDMI 1.4(a) standard as the 1080p resolution was meant for playing back 3D movies and for the gaming in stereo 3D you have to go for 720p (although you might play games in 1080p with 24 fps per eye too).

So the 3DTV Play software is available or going to be soon in three different ways:

1. As a free upgrade to the current owners of computers that also bought a 3D Vision kit and a 3D-capable monitor additionally for their computers, or who purchased a desktop or mobile computer with integrated 3D Vision support, because the 3DTV Play functionality is already built into the latest video drivers as I’ve already mentioned above.
2. Available with the purchase of a 3DTV Play PC, as the 3DTV Play software is going to be bundled on pre-configured PCs and notebooks that might not have a 3D-capable display, but can be used for 3D content if connected to a 3D-capable HDTV. For now these includes select Dell XPS notebook models, and home theater PC (HTPCs) models from ASRock and Zotac with more to come.
3. Available for purchase in mid to late November 2010 as a standalone product with a price of $39.99 USD. The 3DTV Play software will be available for sale next month at NVIDIA.com as an upgrade for existing PCs that include an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, but don’t yet have a 3D Vision kit and don’t want to purchase such as they are going to directly use a 3D HDTV as a 3D display.

As already mentioned, the Nvidia 3DTV Play software is going to be bundled with the new family of Dell XPS laptops announced today, which also includes high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 400M GPUs and battery-friendly NVIDIA Optimus technology. The new systems, which come in 14-, 15- and 17-inch screen sizes, provide a powerful multimedia system for consumers to enjoy their 3D content on 3D HDTVs.

“The new family of XPS systems provides the best sound and video ever offered in Dell laptops,” said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Consumer & SMB Product Group. “And now with the addition of NVIDIA’s 3DTV Play software, we can bring the thrilling 3D experience to an entirely new market by enabling consumers to enjoy life-like, 3D entertainment in the comfort of their living rooms.”

So, if you’ve postponed the purchase of a 3D HDTV like I did, until an easy to use solution to allow you to connect you computer to a 3D-capable television set, then you can say the wait is over (if you already use 3D Vision on a computer monitor) or almost over if you don’t have the glasses and want to purchase the standalone version of the 3DTV Play software. As I’m in the first group, I’m yet again starting to check what offers for a 3D HDTVs are currently available, and while the availability of other 3D content is still lagging behind the PC games are going to be pretty much enough fro me for a while… ;)

For a complete list of NVIDIA 3DTV Play software-supported 3D HDTVs and A/V receivers…

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 StarKnight // Oct 21, 2010 at 16:35

    Is there a list of Nvidia’s graphic cards compatible with PlayTV ?
    I presume not every Nvidia’s card with an HDMI interface will support 1.4 specifications simply upgrading the drivers… maybe just the most recent ones.

  • 2 Bloody // Oct 21, 2010 at 16:50

    Here are the official requirements for 3DTV Play: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3dtv-play-requirements.html

    Although I suspect that it will work on older cards too… ;)

  • 3 Kranius // Oct 21, 2010 at 18:16

    Tried it with Samsung 63″ 3 D plasma with battlefield: Bad Company 2 and it works really well….Thanks Nvidia :)

  • 4 mgb // Oct 21, 2010 at 18:42

    According to that list GTS250 isn’t supported, so presumably none of the GEForce9x00 either.

  • 5 Bloody // Oct 21, 2010 at 18:57

    In theory if it is software only implementation it should go back with support for up to GeForce 8xxx cards, however we need somebody with a 3D HDTV to confirm if they indeed work…

  • 6 Franco // Oct 22, 2010 at 05:06

    Bloody, what you mean the wait is over if you gave 3D vision kit? I have it and I installed drivers 260.89 WHQL and I’m using USB controllers drivers 260.63 and still no 3DTV Play for me.
    So, I don’t get it, how come 3DTV Play is officially released today, if no new drivers was released today? These drivers were released a few days ago and no one said anything about 3DTV Play is officially out back then. I don’t get Nvidia annoucements?????
    Kranius, I also have the Samsung 63″ 3D Plasma model, PN63C8000 and I can’t get 3DTV Play to work, how can you??? Are you using a compatible receiver with HDMI 1.4??? Please let me know how you made it work. I’m dying for 3DTV Play, can’t hardly wait to try it out. I am connecting my Sammy 3D Plasma using a mini HDMI-MDMI high speed cable directly to my PC’s GTX 480 card. I only see HDMI 1.4 bluray3D in Nvidia control panel and all 3D options are greyed out when selecting my TV as primary display, no 3DTV Play logo. The Nvidia flying logo test works perfect in 3D though.

    Bloody, I’ve just bought a Onkyo receiver which is HDMI 1.4 compatible, the model is HT-S3300, it’s a new 2010 Onkyo release. Therefore it’s not in the compatible list for 3DTV Play receivers, but what’s the difference from the other models, if it is HDMI 1.4 (3D/ARC) compatible, it’s made for 3DTV’s.
    It’s the one I could afford, very good price, and 5.1 Dolby and DTS True HD is more tha enough for my bedroom, I don’t need 6.1 or 7.1, 7.2 systems.
    Do you think 3DTV Play is going to work now? I’m really hoping so, as I will connect the graphics card to the receiver and then connect the receiver with the TV’s HDMI input.
    There’s no logic for not working, as HDMI 1.4 is what I needed for 3D. I’m out of town now and just bought the HT, I will only be able to try it out next wednesday when I’ll be home.
    Anyway, I must have faith, some folks are using 3DTV Play with my TV and they are using HDMI 1.4 receivers, so I’m believing.
    Let me know what you think about this Bloody. Keep up the great job you’re doing for the 3D community.

  • 7 Bloody // Oct 22, 2010 at 10:09

    Some receivers might modify the identification info of the 3D HDTV and that can cause them to be improperly recognized by the software. I suppose that Nvidia has implemented a check for all hardware that was tested and listed as compatible and if not detected they just don’t enable the feature.

  • 8 Franco // Oct 23, 2010 at 00:05

    But do you think there’s a good chance that it might work? There’s a chance that maybe Nvidia hasn’t tested this Onkyo HT-S3300 receiver.
    Anyway, my TV was also supose to work with 3DTV Play and it doesn’t, so it will some day, it has to, Nvidia can’t left the Sammy 3D Plasma out of the list, and neither the 1.4 HDMI receivers. Otherwise, I’m screwed.

  • 9 Pyrofer // Oct 27, 2010 at 15:49

    So, wait, Nvidia are SELLING me the drivers for their hardware that I bought?

    Oh, but they will give away the driver to use my 3D TV if I buy a 3DMonitor and Glasses Kit from them?
    Surely having a 3D PC monitor kit negates the need for 3DTVPlay in the first place, and if you have a 3D TV, you don’t really want to go and buy the Nvidia KIT as well?

    What the heck are Nvidia playing at here! I could have just bought the iZ3D driver ages ago, YES it works with my TV, I am using an ATI card and the FREE ATI version of the iZ3D driver with my Samsung C750 and it works in 3D fine.

    So all Nvidia have made me do is Not buy Nvidia products again as I can use the FREE iZ3D driver on ATI, and will update my GFX card ( I was going to get a GTS 450, but wont now) with a nice new ATI instead of NVidia.

    Well done, you just lost a customer of your expensive hardware for the sake of selling a driver.

  • 10 Brad Gearon // Nov 8, 2010 at 02:30

    Have an unsupported HDMI 1.4 3DTV and want to use NVIDIA 3DTV PLAY?
    Try this: FIX: NVIDIA 3DTV PLAY Samsung 3d Plasma or other unsupported model

  • 11 Calimero // Nov 16, 2010 at 19:15

    If you only have 3DTV + Vision kit and everything are you then also able to play a game in 3D just on your laptop??

    thanks in advance.

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