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The Game Gears of War 3 Will Feature Stereoscopic 3D Support

August 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

Gears of War 3 is an exclusive title for the Xbox 360 console, and it will feature stereo 3D support natively built into the game engine, because the game console from Microsoft still does not have support for the HDMI 1.4 frame packaging standard. The developer Epic Games has apparently planned to have Side by Side stereoscopic 3D output rendered from the game engine, so if you have a 3D HDTV you would be able to play the game in S3D mode. Of course the output will be in 720p resolution with both left and right eye frames squashed inside a single frame, meaning a little loss of detail as compared to playing in stereo 3D mode in true 720p resolution per eye (still not possible on the Xbox 360). The not so good thing about the game is that it was not started with the idea of being a stereo 3D title right from the start, instead the stereo 3D support was added later on tweaking some things to make them work properly, but that also means the game may not be without some issues when you enable stereoscopic 3D support. So have that in mind if you are already eager to get your hands on the game when it comes out on 20th September this year in US/Europe and 22nd in Japan, but of course you would be able to play it in normal 3D and not stereoscopic 3D mode as well.

Another interesting thing that was hinted by Epic Games was the fact that Xbox 360 will get official stereoscopic 3D support just like the PlayStation 3 has for a while now. We’ve already heard rumors about that, but this did not happen during the last E3 as a lot of people expected, and it will probably not happen until the game Gears of War 3 comes out. But if we are lucky enough there is a chance that we might get that support before the end of this year and that could also mean a big increase of the interest in adding stereoscopic 3D support for upcoming titles for the Xbox 360 by game developers. Apparently the next Xbox Development Kit (XDK) will feature extended support for stereoscopic 3D, making things easier for developers and this could also come out with a firmware update for the consoles to add support for HDMI 1.4 frame packaged output. But lets not rush things yet, we’ll have to wait and see how things will develop with that official stereoscopic 3D support. Unfortunately people with no HDMI outputs on their Xbox 360 consoles (earlier models) will most likely be left out without that feature, but you get a solution for that with the Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle that Microsoft has prepared for the fans of the Gears of War series that will be available for $399 USD.

The Game Gears of War 3 is already available for pre-order at Amazon for $59.99 USD…

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 josh // Aug 17, 2011 at 10:22

    being that pc games paired with high end video cards struggle with nvidia 3d vision, how is this game going to even run remotely smooth with 3d?

  • 2 Bloody // Aug 17, 2011 at 10:41

    It is very easy to make it run smooth, but you have to make some compromise with the visuals, aside from the lower resolution that the consoles use anyway, it will most likely have less details and visual effects in order to be able to provide a playable framerate in stereoscopic 3D mode. On PC some more demanding games struggle to provide best experience in stereo 3D mode,because everyone wants to play with full 1080p resolution per eye, with maximum details and effects enabled and even some AA and all that puts higher load on the GPU. But on a console you don’t have a lot of options like you can have on PC, the developer knows what level of performance every Xbox 360 can handle and can optimize things.

  • 3 josh // Aug 17, 2011 at 23:14

    thanks that makes sense. so basically it will look like garbage as many console games usually do. sorry, gaming on pc for the past few years has made me disgusted at console graphics (unless they are cartoon based games)

  • 4 Orvar Fridriksson // Aug 22, 2011 at 05:33

    Hi, thank for this awesome information. I was wondering if you could advice me into a monitor to buy so I can use 3D with my Xbox 360 Console? I have HDMI 1.4 on it confirmed and I quite lost with whan monitor to get. Please help.

  • 5 Ben // Aug 23, 2011 at 06:39

    2 Orvar Fridriksson
    I forgot the model number but LG just released a new PC monitor with 3D Vision and HDMI 1.4, they already have 6 months old models with just HDMI 1.4, if you dont have 3D Vision this will be enough.
    But if you have 3D Vision, then you wont be able to play PC 3D games in resolution higher then 720/60 or 1080P/30

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