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Mass Effect 3 Demo is Out, Not Great in Stereo 3D Mode with 3D Vision

February 15th, 2012 · 21 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

Just a few hours ago EA has made available the demo version of the upcoming game Mass Effect 3, you can download the demo through Origin, and as ME3 is among the games that I’m eagerly anticipating I was in a hurry to also try it out in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision. Unfortunately as soon as the game started I was a bit disappointed with a few things that were not even stereo 3D related, like the lack of many graphics options or the fact that some of the textures in the game were quite low quality. For more graphics options you can find in the game folder an executable called MassEffect3DemoConfig.exe that will give you some more options, and considering the fact that this is just a demo, the actual game could be better… at least I hope that we get high resolution textures there as well. As for the stereoscopic 3D support with 3D Vision… another bigger disappointment as Mass Effect 3 suffers from pretty much the same issues as the previous game in stereoscopic 3D mode, so apparently not much done to improve it here.

There is an issue with the rendering of shadows in stereo 3D mode and more specifically the dynamic shadows that you can fortunately turn off from the options menu in the game, but that is pretty much the thing you can easily do to improve how the game looks in stereo 3D mode. The HUD contains quite a few 2D elements, and that goes not only for the crosshair, but for character and enemy target markers, some objective markers and texts as well. There are issues with some post processing effects such as fire, lights, fog, smoke etc that may not be rendered correctly in stereo 3D mode and that also can cause the appearance of transparent halos around characters. The latest beta drivers 295.51 from Nvidia still did not have a 3D Vision profile for the game, there was a SLI profile added in them for ME3. Convergence is not locked in the game, so one good thing, but also something that hints that stereo 3D support wasn’t even considered as a feature for Mass Effect 3. So things aren’t looking that good for everyone willing to play Mass Effect 3 in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision. There is still some time, although not much, before the game gets released early next month, so there is high probability that we are going to be playing it in plain non-stereoscopic 3D mode.

The PC version of the game Mass Effect 3 is available for pre-order at $59.99 USD…

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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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