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The Game Gears of War 3 Will Feature Stereoscopic 3D Support

August 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

Gears of War 3 is an exclusive title for the Xbox 360 console, and it will feature stereo 3D support natively built into the game engine, because the game console from Microsoft still does not have support for the HDMI 1.4 frame packaging standard. The developer Epic Games has apparently planned to have Side by Side stereoscopic 3D output rendered from the game engine, so if you have a 3D HDTV you would be able to play the game in S3D mode. Of course the output will be in 720p resolution with both left and right eye frames squashed inside a single frame, meaning a little loss of detail as compared to playing in stereo 3D mode in true 720p resolution per eye (still not possible on the Xbox 360). The not so good thing about the game is that it was not started with the idea of being a stereo 3D title right from the start, instead the stereo 3D support was added later on tweaking some things to make them work properly, but that also means the game may not be without some issues when you enable stereoscopic 3D support. So have that in mind if you are already eager to get your hands on the game when it comes out on 20th September this year in US/Europe and 22nd in Japan, but of course you would be able to play it in normal 3D and not stereoscopic 3D mode as well.

Another interesting thing that was hinted by Epic Games was the fact that Xbox 360 will get official stereoscopic 3D support just like the PlayStation 3 has for a while now. We’ve already heard rumors about that, but this did not happen during the last E3 as a lot of people expected, and it will probably not happen until the game Gears of War 3 comes out. But if we are lucky enough there is a chance that we might get that support before the end of this year and that could also mean a big increase of the interest in adding stereoscopic 3D support for upcoming titles for the Xbox 360 by game developers. Apparently the next Xbox Development Kit (XDK) will feature extended support for stereoscopic 3D, making things easier for developers and this could also come out with a firmware update for the consoles to add support for HDMI 1.4 frame packaged output. But lets not rush things yet, we’ll have to wait and see how things will develop with that official stereoscopic 3D support. Unfortunately people with no HDMI outputs on their Xbox 360 consoles (earlier models) will most likely be left out without that feature, but you get a solution for that with the Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle that Microsoft has prepared for the fans of the Gears of War series that will be available for $399 USD.

The Game Gears of War 3 is already available for pre-order at Amazon for $59.99 USD…

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It is Almost Time for the 3D Gaming Summit to Start, So Get Prepared

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Events

3D Gaming Summit is the first conference that is nearly 100% dedicated to stereoscopic 3D gaming that will be taking place at the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City on April 21st and 22nd (yes, that is next week!). Featuring top partners including NVIDIA, Sony, The S-3D Gaming Alliance, RealD, and more, it is a critical conference for all working in this industry or planning to start working in it as it is just starting to gain a momentum. Among the headline speakers for the 3D Gaming Summit are Mark Rein, Co-Founder of Epic Games, Jon Landau, Producer of Avatar, Alan Price, Studio CTO for Electronic Arts Canada, Jesse Stern, Writer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and many more. So if you have the chance to go there you should not miss it and then be sorry later on…

“The video game industry needs to appreciate the business opportunity that this conference represents. Game developers that partner up with content-hungry display makers will benefit from customer awareness, competitive technology, and great gaming experiences. Customers need gaming content for their new 3D HDTVs… so who will have games to sell? Stay in the loop, be prepared, go to the conference,” said Neil Schneider, Executive Director of the non-profit S-3D Gaming Alliance (S3DGA).

As a part of the 3D Gaming Summit there will also be a meeting for the S3DGA members that will be held at 5PM on April 22nd. Have in mind that a 3D Gaming Summit registration is not required for S3DGA meeting attendance. S3DGA meeting speakers include Electronic Arts, Blitz Games Studios, Jon Peddie Research, and more. This will be a private members-only meeting due to limited space. Subject to S3DGA management approval, additional game developers and first time guests are welcome with some condition however.

For more information about the 3D Gaming Summit event go here…
If you need more details about the S3DGA members meeting it is here…

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