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More About LG’s 2D to 3D Game Conversion Engine for Smartphones

August 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech

Earlier this month I’ve already mentioned in my review of the LG Optimus 3D P920 smartphone a bit about the upcoming software update that should be able to convert normal games for Android smartphones into stereoscopic 3D ones. So that when you play a game that has not been made especially for a stereo 3D capable device such as the Optimus 3D smartphone, you would be able to convert the normal 3D graphics into stereoscopic 3D one with the touch of the a button (the 3D button on the device that is). But up until recently it was not very clear what method for the conversion did LG decide to go for, especially considering the fact that they should take into account the performance that a mobile device such as this can provide. Initially I thought that the LG might go the easy road and use some sort of an autoconversion solution to make games appear with pseudo stereo 3D effect like what the 3D smartphone can already do with 2D photos and videos by automatically converting them to 3D ones. However it seems that LG has decided to go for a much better solution, although a harder one to make and support…

It seems that the “3D Game Converter” as LG calls the functionality for turning non-stereoscopic 3D games into stereo 3D ones is a solution that will function more like Nvidia’s 3D Vision, the iZ3D driver or DDD’s TriDef 3D. Or with other words it will capture the OpenGL calls and render in real time a second view with slightly different camera position in the game in order to create the stereoscopic 3D effect, or at least the company is suggesting to be like this without clearly explaining how the whole thing works exactly. Apparently there will be something like game profiles as well, again similar concept from such solutions already available for PC like the three mentioned above, with the option for the user to also create profiles by manually adjusting some settings for games that don’t yet have them already. According to LG the 3D Game Converter will be included in the first Maintenance Release (MR) of the LG Optimus 3D smartphone starting this October, the exact rollout date determined by each mobile carrier. And initially there should be optimized settings or let us call them profiles for approximately 50 2D games, with 50 more to be added by the end of the year.

LG will be demonstrating the LG Optimus 3D smartphone at the IFA 2011 trade show starting on September 2nd in Berlin (Germany) and held up until September 7th, along with their OpenGL-based 2D to 3D game conversion engine on the device, so if you happen to visit you may be able to get more information about the upcoming functionality for the device and you are welcome to share it here. One thing is for sure, having a software that allows you to turn out a normal game into a stereoscopic 3D one on your 3D-capable smartphone is a good thing especially considering the still serious lack of optimized content for such mobile devices and the presence of just a few game titles that officially support stereo 3D output. It can surely help filling the gap left due to the lack of stereo 3D capable games until more of these become available, while making LG’s 3D smartphone in some way more attractive than the devices of the competition…

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  • 1 StarKnight // Aug 31, 2011 at 07:14

    Can’t wait to test such feature on my Optimus 3D !!!

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