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New GeForce 306.97, Windows 8 WHQL-Certified Drivers Released

October 10th, 2012 · 30 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Nvidia has just released a new video driver version – GeForce 306.97 and what is interesting about this release is that it is also Windows 8 WHQL-certified driver, it will of course also work for Windows 7 and Vista users. The new Windows 8 OS launches later this month on October 26th, so it is almost here and while waiting to see how will Windows 8 influence stereo 3D with its native stereoscopic 3D support we can take a look at what these new drivers bring for stereoscopic 3D gamers using 3D Vision. Aside from official support for the just launched GeForce GTX 650 Ti Kepler GPU and the WHQL status the new driver brings mostly updates for 3D Vision profiles.

Updated 3D Vision profiles for the following PC games:

– Check vs. Mate – Rated Excellent
– Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Rated Good
– Doom 3: BFG Edition – Rated Excellent
– F1 2012 – Rated Good
– Iron Brigade – Rated Fair
– Jagged Alliance: Crossfire – Rated Good
– Orcs Must Die 2! – Rated Good
– Planetside 2 – Rated Not Recommended
– Prototype 2 – Rated Poor
– Sleeping Dogs – Rated Good
– Spec Ops: The Line – Rated Good
– Tiny Troopers – Rated Fair
– Torchlight 2 – Rated Good
– Transformers: Fall of Cybertron – Rated Fair

The most notable thing here is the Excellent rating that the upcoming Doom 3: BFG Edition has received, especially considering the fact that the game should be using an OpenGL-based game engine… and it would be playable on 3D Vision (guess how). There are a few more days until the official release of Doom 3: BFG Edition, it is expected on October 16th in North America and in Europe on October 19th.

Doom 3: BFG Edition is the first game announced to come with support for the Oculus Rift 3D VR headset, the first development kits of which are expected to start shipping some time in November/December. On a side note I just got a request to enter my shipping address for the early DIY Dev kits of the Rift scheduled to be sent to backers of the Kickstarter project sometime in November, so apparently things at Oculus are progressing well.

To download the latest Nvidia GeForce 306.97 WHQL-certified video drivers…

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Always Have the Latest 3D Vision Game Profiles with Nvidia Update

July 14th, 2012 · 3 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

If you are still not using the Nvidia Update feature of the more recent graphics drivers then it is about time you start doing so as starting this month (July) Nvidia has started to release 3D Vision profile updates through it. By default, Nvidia Update will check for all updates for Nvidia software including drivers and profiles, but just to make sure you can go to the Preferences tab of the Nvidia Update (if installed you should see an Nvdia logo icon in the Windows Taskbar) and see if under Updates the option Program and game profiles is enabled (it should by default).

Thanks to the automatically updated profiles you can always stay up to date and not have to wait for a new driver to be released in order to get better support for a game or to get proper 3D Vision support for a new title when played in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision. Here is a recent example, the latest WHQL driver did not include a 3D Vision profile for the game The Secret World, the latest beta did have a profile, but it rated the game as Not Recommended and if you are using the Nvidia Update to get the latest 3D Vision profiles there is an updated profile for The Secret World where the game is already rated as Good.

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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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