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New GeForce 295.51 Beta Video Drivers Are Now Available

January 31st, 2012 · 4 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Nvidia has just made available a new beta video driver in the form of 295.51 with some interesting new features and improvements regarding stereoscopic 3D support and not only. It is interesting to note that Nvidia has not released a WHQL driver for a while now, and the last such one is 285.58 back from October last year, but there have been multiple beta versions released in the meantime. Not everyone however installs and users beta drivers due to the fact that they may have some issues and not work properly at times or with specific setups, so have this in mind if you decide to try the new beta driver as well…

The most notable stereoscopic 3D-related new feature in the 295.51 beta drivers is the addition of support for 3D Vision windowed mode on 3D-capable DLP HDTVs and on “Optimized for GeForce” passive 3D monitors, so you will be able to run games and applications in stereo 3D mode in a window on these as well. Other than that there are quite a few updated or new 3D Vision game profiles, and these are:

– The Adventures of Tintin – rated Good
– Afterfall: Insanity – rated Fair
– Black Prophecy – rated Not Recommended
– Chaos Online – rated Fair
– Da Vinci Online – rated Fair
– DotA 2 – rating upgraded to Fair
– Dungeon and Dragons: Daggerdale – rated Fair
– Ferrari Project – rated Not Recommended
– The First Templar – rated Fair
– Fractal – rated Excellent
– FreeStyle 2 – rated Good
– The Haunted Halls Reach – rated Excellent
– King Arthur II – rated Not Recommended
– Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – rated Fair
– Kong Fu Ying Xiong – rated Fair
– Love Beat – rated Good
– Marvel Super Hero Squad Online – rated Good
– Microsoft Flight – rated Fair
– Perpetuum – rated Fair
– Post Apocalyptic Mayhem – rated Fair
– Prototype 2 – rated Fair
– Q.U.B.E. – rated Excellent
– Quan Qiu Shi Ming – rated Excellent
– rFactor 2 (mod mode) – rated Good
– Saints Row: The Third – Rated Not Recommended
– Shadow Company: Left for Dead – rated Not Recommended
– Special Force – Rated Good
– Tera – rated Good
– Top Gun: Hard Lock – rated Not Recommended
– Tropico 4 – rated Good
– Worms Blast – rated Good

A word of advice for the game Q.U.B.E. that is rated as excellent, the game kind of reminds of Portal in style and is actually quite fun and works really well in stereo 3D mode, however similarly to Portal the color palette in the game is often highly contrasting and this can lead to experiencing more crosstalk than usual. Also the new driver does add SLI profile for the upcoming game Mass Effect 3, but there is not yet a 3D Vision profile or rating for the game, and the previous games from the series had some issues in stereo 3D mode. Mass Effect 3 has the potential to turn out to be a great game to play in stereo 3D mode if it works properly this time, so hold your fingers crossed for when the game becomes available in March this year.

To download and try the just released new GeForce 295.51 Beta video drivers …

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