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The Nvidia 3D Vision Shutter Glasses Get an Update and Price Slash

March 15th, 2011 · 14 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

A bit over 2 years after the initial announcement, the 3D Vision shutter glasses from Nvidia finally get a small update and a price decrease for both the full kit including the 3D IR emitter and for the additional pairs of glasses only. The updated version of the 3D Vision wireless glasses kit should now have a price of $149 (US), $50 less than the original price. And the new glasses should provide 50 percent longer battery life from a single charge, meaning about 60 hours compared with 40 hours before.The new price of the extra wireless glasses is $119, so now is should be easier and more affordable to share the 3D experience with your friends.

There is no official information regarding any other changes in the glasses themselves, besides the use of a bigger capacity battery that can provide you with an up to 20 hours more on a single charge. With the older batteries being 50 mAh, 3.7V we can safely assume that the new glasses will come with a slightly bigger 75 mAh batteries, although that is not yet confirmed. I’ll try to find more information if there are any other improvements in the new version of the glasses as well as how you will be able to differentiate the older from the newer version, so stay tuned for more information about that.

Update: It seems that the new 3D Vision kits will have s smaller package as the photo above also hints, and the European version is also getting the 3-pin mini-DIN VESA Stereo cable in the package as previously it was only available for the North American units. And other than the battery upgrade there are no significant changes in the shutter glasses…

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rob // Mar 15, 2011 at 19:46

    Would be nice if they made it a different model. Many of us have problems with headphones and the glasses(pinches ears) Or bigger lenses but its good that they are updating.

  • 2 tritosine // Mar 15, 2011 at 20:35

    I’d pay 500-1000 dollars for modern (0% liquid crystal ) glasses with wide fov , and if its not compatible with 3d vision I’d hack it in hours.

  • 3 Uhyve // Mar 15, 2011 at 21:47

    Hey, silly question from a European. What is a “3-pin mini-DIN VESA Stereo cable”? I didn’t get one with my 3D Vision Kit soo…

  • 4 Bloody // Mar 15, 2011 at 21:57

    Originally it was intended to make the 3D Vision glasses compatible 3D DLP TVs, but these were sold mostly in North America before 3D HDTVs using HDMI 1.4 became available worldwide.

  • 5 Nash // Mar 16, 2011 at 01:56

    Figures. I received my nVidia Glasses Kit on Monday. Instructions say the discharge time is 40 hours, so I assume they are not the new version. Paid $142.51 at Amazon with free shipping. Doubt it would be worth the hassle and return shipping expense to try to return them. And I don’t plan on computer sessions greater than 40 hours, anyway.

  • 6 tritosine // Mar 16, 2011 at 10:17

    Actually Bloody even has instructions how you swap the battery yourself. Go Bloody ! :D

  • 7 Dennis // Mar 16, 2011 at 23:19

    Same old glasses then? why nvidia? why?

  • 8 Dennis // Mar 16, 2011 at 23:22

    Bloody a question? is there a difference between a 400 cd/m monitor and a 300 cd/m monitor in 3D? the new Asus 27” is 400 but the new Acer 27” is 300.

  • 9 Bloody // Mar 16, 2011 at 23:28

    There is difference, the darker areas are not so dark on monitors that have higher brightness, but that can also lead to more apparent crosstalk/ghosting. I’ve measured about 500 cd/m2 on a test unit of the new 27″ Acer… although it is labeled as 300 cd/m2 ;)

  • 10 Dennis // Mar 17, 2011 at 02:55

    500?!!! niiiice.

    Thanks for replying. Although i own benq 2410t (i’m quite happy with it) i believe that bigger is better 3D wise. I want a 27” now.

  • 11 abv // Mar 17, 2011 at 13:26

    Sorry for that i post this question here, but please answer to me.
    How time is need to recharge the battery of 3d vision if battery is on 0%?

    Thank you in advance!

  • 12 Bloody // Mar 17, 2011 at 13:50

    It depends, usually in between one and two hours, but if the capacity is really zero, then you may not be able to charge the battery at all.

  • 13 Jez_Gafys // Mar 23, 2011 at 17:48

    Battery life really isn’t ever been an issue stupid of them to upgrade. I have never known anyone game constantly in 3D for 40 hrs as it is so adding another 20 hours on makes no difference. Also it doesn’t take long for a full charge anyways so even if you did play solid for 40 hours a few hours later and you are good for another 40hrs

  • 14 eqzitara // Mar 28, 2011 at 18:58


    what you just said is silly. The more you charge a battery the the less time it has till it stops working. A battery can take so many charges before dieing. 40 hours instead of 20 increases how long the battery will live.

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