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Patch 1.3 Adds Official Stereo 3D Support in The Game Two Worlds II

September 7th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

The latest update version 1.3 for the game Two Worlds II introduces official stereoscopic 3D support for both AMD and Nvidia stereo 3D gamers, but the strange thing is that the official release notes are talking only about 3D HDTV support, although the game of course should also work with compatible 3D monitors for both Nvidia’s 3D Vision and AMD’s HD3D technology. The shame is that we had to wait for quite some time for the stereo 3D support to be added as a feature in this patch, but anyway, quoted below are the release notes concerning the stereo 3D support specific for both GPU vendors – both requirements and limitations apparently…

– you must install NVIDIA 3dTVPlay (14 day free trial, after that you have to pay for it), navigate to NVIDIA control panel and enable 3d. You can do this only when:
1) your drivers are 280.xx or never,
2) you have only one 3d tv connected to your computer. If you have both a 3d tv and a monitor connected the 3d cannot be turned on. If you have more than one graphics card and your SLI is turned OFF, the 3d tv can be connected only to the first of them – otherwise it won’t work. Again, if you have a monitor connected to the other card it won’t work.
– 3D works on all 8600 and up NVIDIA cards,
– your 3d tv must be listed on the NVIDIA website – it won’t work on other models,

– your drivers must be 11.3 or never,
– it works with any 3d tv,
– the tv can be connected in any way you like it but it must be a HDMI or DVI-2-HDMI connection,
– you can connect other monitors to your machine,
– if you have two graphics cards you have to disable the crossfire – the 3D won’t work with that,
– “framepacked stereo” mode:
– choose the native tv resolution (usually 1920×1080),
– press the 3D button on your remote control and select the “top-bottom frame packed mode” (the name may vary depending on your tv model),
– play using the pad or software cursor – hardware mouse cursor will not work,
– works with any 3D tv, with any additional monitors connected whatever you like, SLI or no SLI, crossfire or no crossfire.

Feel free to report how the game works for you in stereoscopic 3D mode after applying the latest patch as prior to it we already know there were some issues when trying to play the game in stereo 3D mode. The game can most certainly benefit from proper stereo 3D support…

To download the latest patch 1.3 adding stereo 3D support for the game Two Worlds II…

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Bit Cauldron is Back, This Time Announcing Partnership with Optoma

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech

The company Bit Cauldron was kind of away from the news for a while now, after the announcement of their partnership with Monster for the Monster MAX 3D universal 3D HDTV active shutter glasses using RF technology. And now the company has just announced that Optoma has licensed their technology for use in their new 3D-RF glasses that are going to be supported by Optoma’s new projectors, including the HD83, HD33, HD300X, and GT750. I’ve already suspected this with the announcement of the Optoma HD33 projector earlier in August, but not it has been officially confirmed. These projectors from Optoma would of course also be compatible with DLP Link active shutter glasses, but using the radio based technology developed by Bit Cauldron will come with its advantages. It is still not clear however if the Optoma 3D-RF glasses will be compatible with other products other than these projectors or not, as theoretically these glasses can be used as an universal solution like Monster is doing with their product.

The thing that everyone expected to happen with Bit Cauldron at first, and more specifically the company producing special AMD-based active shutter glasses for use with products supporting AMD’s HD3D technology apparently is still not happening. Since AMD decided to leave that to other companies and not get directly involve itself with licensing the technology and glasses and shipping them under the AMD brand, their partners are apparently not that eager to back up AMD’s open stereo 3D initiative. And this is the reason why we still don’t have so many products on the market that support the AMD HD3D technology with 120Hz LCD monitors and active shutter glasses and the most people that use it are either having a 3D HDTV with HDMI 1.4 interface or have passive 3D monitor of some kind. And while AMD is still struggling to attract new partners in their open stereo 3D initiative, unlike Nvidia and their 3D Vision solution, the company recently got Samsung as a partner to have multiple compatible 3D monitors with Samsung active shutter glasses. Just a reminder that Samsung’s first 120Hz 3D LCD monitor was 3D Vision-ready (it was also pretty much the first such monitor on the market that helped the adoption of 3D Vision) and now the company is moving to the other camp, probably not willing to pay licensing fees to Nvidia and thinking that they can make 3D PC displays on their own already like they do with 3D HDTVs. But will these new SA/TA750 and SA/TA950 3D monitors from Samsung be able to do for AMD’s stereo 3D support what the first Samsung 2233RZ 3D monitor was able to do for Nvidia’s 3D Vision is yet to be seen. On the other hand Nvidia has kept going with the same 3D Vision active shutter glasses for almost three years already, so it is about time form them to also introduce something new and better in order to catch up to the quickly growing and faster developing active shutter glasses for 3D HDTVs.

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US Open 2011 Tennis Tournament Finals in 3D For 3D Vision Owners

September 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

The US Open 2011 Tennis Tournament that is currently on has a live 3D coverage available on multiple TV channels in the US, the event is being shot with 3D cameras from Panasonic, including pre-production models of Panasonic’s new 3DP1 hand-held Full HD 3D professional camcorder. And Nvidia has just announced that owners of 3D Vision will also be able to watch the tournament’s finals in stereo 3D thanks to a live streaming over the Internet. In order to watch the finals of the US Open 2011 tennis tournament in 3D you will have to own a computer equipped with 3D Vision and installed the latest 3D Vision Video Player version 1.7.2. During the US Open’s men’s and women’s finals, you will be able watch the 3D stream (times listed below), but only if you live in the United States and US territories (apparently it will not be streamed worldwide):

The online streaming 3D coverage will be available during the following windows:

– Women’s Final: Saturday, September 10: 8-10 p.m. ET
– Men’s Final: Sunday, September 11: 4-7 p.m. ET

And especially for tennis fans Nvidia has put up a 3D game trailer for Virtua Tennis 4 as well as stereoscopic 3D screenshots gallery from the game both available on the 3DVisionLive portal made especially for owners of 3D Vision equipped systems.

For more information about the US Open 2011 Tennis Tournament 3D coverage…

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