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New GeForce Beta Driver 296.17 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

March 13th, 2012 · 3 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


About two weeks ago Microsoft has made available the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for download, so that everyone interested can test the early preview version of the OS and now Nvidia has just released a full set of drivers for all of their GPUs. The just released GeForce Beta Driver 296.17 are available for both GeForce and Quadro GPU-based desktops and notebooks on Nvidia’s website as well as on Microsoft’s Windows Update. Windows 7, vista and Windows XP users aren’t left out either. An equivalent driver, version 296.10 (WHQL-certified) is also available from today with it and the Windows 8 version being a quick refresh in terms of features and support from the recently released version GeForce 295.73 drivers. The new GeForce version 296.10 drivers add 3D Vision support for the following games: Dear Esther – Rated Good and Deep Black: Reloaded – Rated 3D Vision Ready.

The new Nvidia Windows 8 video drivers support all the features of the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2 and also support the 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products, allowing you to play more than 600 games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos in 3D. With Windows 8’s new built-in stereoscopic 3D support in DirectX 11, 3D Vision is poised to provide users the best platform for games and applications according to Nvidia.

And now for some more details about what features are supports and what not in the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview drivers from Nvidia based on the information available form Nvidia:

What 3D Vision features are available right now on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
Currently all fullscreen 3D Vision and 3DTV Play functionality is available on Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This include games, 3D Vision Photo Viewer, 3D Vision Video Player, and Blu-ray 3D. 3DVisionLive.com and 3D Vision window mode support will be available at a later date.

I read that Windows 8 now natively supports stereoscopic 3D. What applications can I use to test that?
Please use the samples from MSDN to test Windows 8 native 3D support: Direct3D stereoscopic 3D sample

I noticed Microsoft now has a stereoscopic 3D option on their display properties control panel. How do I enable 3D Vision on Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
Please use the traditional NVIDIA Control Panel > Set up stereoscopic 3D options to enable 3D Vision and 3DTV Play.

What 3D Vision features are enabled on Windows 8 Metro user interface?
The current NVIDIA Windows 8 Consumer Preview drivers do not support these products. We are working on drivers to support these products later this year. The feature support will include 3D Vision Photo and Video Player applications and also 3D applications.

Is NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround supported on Windows 8 Consumer Preview with the current 3D Vision drivers?
Yes, 3D Vision Surround is fully supported with the latest drivers.

Are “Optimized for GeForce” products such as glasses free 3D notebooks and passive 3D monitors supported on Windows 8?
The current NVIDIA drivers for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview do not support these products. We are working on drivers to support these products later this year.

Are 3D Vision DLP HDTVs 3DTV Play supported in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
The current NVIDIA Windows 8 Consumer Preview drivers do not support these products. We are working on drivers to support these products later this year.

I do not see a checkbox for stereoscopic 3D in the Microsoft Control Panel. How do I enable it in Windows 8?
After a clean install of the NVIDIA drivers, please reboot the system and the checkbox should show up.

I updated to Windows 8 and I can no longer play Blu-ray 3D movies. How can I fix this?
Blu-ray 3D players – such as Cyberlink, Roxio, and ArcSoft – need to be updated to support Blu-ray 3D playback on Windows 8. Please consult your software manufacturer to ensure you are using a version that supports Windows 8.

You can download the latest Nvidia GeForce video drivers form here…

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Nvidia Optimus Technology and 3D Vision Don’t Go Well Together

June 6th, 2011 · 20 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Nvidia’s Optimus technology is a great thing to have on your laptop, especially if it uses a more powerful discrete graphics chip like a gaming laptop normally would. The idea behind the Optimus tech is that it can automatically switch on and off the more powerful discrete GPU, depending on the current usage of the laptop, for example if you run a game the discrete video card becomes activated and you can enjoy high fps. But when you are working on the laptop with office applications or browsing the web you don’t need a powerful GPU and the integrated Intel GPU can do just fine, so the discrete GPU gets completely shut off saving battery. This way you get the best of both worlds – high performance in games and other demanding applications and longer battery life when you are on the go and need longer battery life. But how does stereoscopic 3D support fits into all this?

Unfortunately the way the Optimus technology functions prevents you from being able to use 3D Vision with an external 3D display or even 3DTV Play with an external 3D HDTV. The implementation Nvidia uses has the integrated Intel graphics active all the time, no matter if it is the GPU rendering the image, or only visualizing what is rendered from the discrete Nvidia GPU. When you run a game, the more powerful Nvidia video card gets activated and starts rendering the frames and as soon as a frame is being rendered it is sent to the integrated GPU’s framebuffer for visualization. So the integrated Intel graphics actually shows the image on the laptop’s screen no matter if it rendered the visual data or not, and so all the extra video connectors, such as HDMI for example, are usually connected to the integrated Intel GPU and not to the discrete Nvidia one. And if you connect a 3D HDTV for use with 3DTV Play or a 3D LCD monitor for use with 3D Vision you will not be able to use them in stereo 3D mode as they are not being properly detected… they are not physically connected to the Nvidia GPU, but to the Intel one. Although there are a few models that have the HDMI on the GeForce that will work, so be sure to check for that before choosing an Optimus laptop with the idea to connect it to a 3D HDTV and use 3DTV Play!

So if you plan on using your laptop with 3DTV Play or 3D Vision and the laptop itself does not come with a built-in 120Hz display and it does not have the HDMI port attached to the GeForce GPU, then unfortunately you will have to do without Optimus technology. The problem is that most new Intel-based laptops with Nvidia graphics do come with Optimus technology support, so you should be extra careful when choosing. And choose wise if the Optimus technology is more important for you or the stereoscopic 3D support, as currently it isn’t easy to make sure you have both at the same time in the same laptop.

And on a side note, the Optimus technology is officially only supported on Windows, making the lives of people using Linux and getting an Optimus equipped laptop a little bit of a hell. Fortunately, there was a recent positive development, so if you are struggling with that, then you better check this: Optimus on Linux Problem Solved.

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New 3DTV Play Support Update Utility v1.0.0.24 is Now Available

May 10th, 2011 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Today Nvidia has posted a new 3DTV Play Support Update Utility version 1.0.0.24 for the latest WHQL drivers 270.61 that adds official support for new 3D HDTVs and a 3D capture card. Have in mind that this update utility should not be used with any other driver than 270.61 in order to avoid possible issues, like and it is only needed if you are using one of the newly added HDMI 1.4-capable 3D devices. The update is most important for owners of Samsung 3D HDTVs as quite a few additional models are being now supported by 3DTV Play.

New supported HDMI 1.4 3D TVs:
– Samsung PN50C7000YF
– Samsung PN51D490A1D
– Samsung PN51D550C1FXZA
– Samsung PN59D550
– Samsung PN59C7000
– Samsung PN59D7000
– Samsung PN64D8000FF
– Samsung UN46D6700
– Samsung UN55D6300
– Samsung UN55D6900
– Samsung UN65C6500
– Sharp LC-60LE835U
– Sony KDL-40EX720
– Sony KDL-46EX723
– Sony KDL-55EX723
– Vizio E3D320VX

New supported HDMI 1.4 3D Capture Cards:
Digital Foundry DGC133

This update is intended for people using the free 3DTV Play software as a part of owning 3D Vision kit, people that have purchased a separate license for the standalone 3DTV Play software as well as for owners of PCs with the software pre-installed, and you need to have the 3DTV Play software already installed to be able to install the update.

To download the new 3DTV Play Support Update Utility v1.0.0.24…

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