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Is ATI preparing an alternative to Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision?

October 12th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech


By now you should already know that Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) is the new “3D” in gaming and not only in gaming, but in movies to, so it is not hard to guess that everyone is willing to jump on the plane as early as possible to take advantage of the built momentum later on. Nvidia already did that with GeForce 3D Vision and the product has become quite popular and is gaining quite a lot of attention although its development could be improved a bit in terms of quicker reaction to new games coming out, but is ATI (the biggest competitor of Nvidia) preparing an alternative stereoscopic 3D solution of their own?

Today, browsing through the specifications of the recently announced Radeon HD 5870 GPU, I’ve noticed something interesting and of course I started to look for more information about it, but to my surprise there was none at all. I’m referring to the sentence “3D stereoscopic display/glasses support” that you can find almost at the bottom of the page wit specifications of the new GPU under the category ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology. Looking at the bottom of the page with notes there is this explanation available “Requires 3D stereo drivers, glasses, and display“, which does not clarify things in any way, but actually does the opposite. So is ATI preparing 3D stereo drivers that will be compatible with their latest Radeon HD 5000 range of GPUs along with development of shutter glasses much like 3D Vision, that will be compatible for instance with 120Hz monitors from ViewSonic and Samsung already available? Or maybe the guys from ATI are just stating the obvious, that their new GPUs are capable of Stereoscopic 3D playback of videos and games, if you are using a third party software and hardware solution, for instance like IZ3D’s monitors and drivers. But if they are saying that for just their new GPUs it would be weird, because the older Radeon HD 4000 series also were supported in other third party S3D solutions, so it is nothing new, right?

Anyway if you have some information regarding this you are more than welcome to share it with us… ;)

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