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DDD TriDef 3D Software Has Been Updated to Version 4.2.3

May 28th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech

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It has been a while since we’ve seen an update from DDD of their TriDef 3D Software, but today brings good news for the people that use this software solution to drive their 3D-capable system – playing photos, videos and games in stereo 3D. The new version of the software updates the TriDef 3D Ignition to version 2.7 and the TriDef 3D Media Player to version 6.7.9 and brings some small improvements and fixes in both programs. There is still no word about DirectX 10/11 support or 120Hz LCD and shutter glasses, so we’ll have to keep waiting for these to maybe get them in the next update…

It is worth noting that the TriDef 3D Ignition now has new profiles for the following games: Mass Effect 2, BioShock 2, Assasin’s Creed II, ShellShock 2, Street Fighter IV, The Saboteur, The Lord of the Rings Online, Mines of Moria, Perimeter 2 New Earth, Need for Speed Undercover, Leisure Suit Larry – Box Office Bust, Dark Void and Aion. There are now also beta profiles for Divinity II – Ego Draconis, Mini Ninja, Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 and Starcraft II and some updates were done to several game profiles including Google Earth, Left for Dead 2 and Age of Empires III. The TriDef 3D Media Player got an improved rendering backend and several user interface enhancements including higher resolution graphics, special font rendering for 3D displays and better tooltips.

To download the latest version 4.2.3 of the TriDef 3D Software solution…

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ATI Catalyst 10.3a Preview Driver with Stereoscopic 3D Support is Out

March 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments · General 3D News


AMD/ATI has made available an early “preview” version of their new Catalyst 10.3 driver for download for both Desktop and Mobile users with Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. The official Catalyst 10.3 driver WHQL-ed is due in a few days or to be more exact on 24th and it should not be much different than this one, just supposedly more stable and problem free. Besides the normal updates resulting issues being fixed and some performance improvement in Catalyst 10.3a there are also some improvements that will be interesting to Eyefinity users (anyone out there actually taking advantage of Eyefinity yet?). But probably what is the most interesting in this new driver release is the introduction of official Stereoscopic 3D support for 120Hz displays and shutter glasses on driver level…

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AMD has updated it’s Direct3D (Quad buffer support) driver to enable 3rd party middleware vendors such as iZ3D to output stereo L/R images at 120 Hz (60 Hz per eye)

But don’t be too happy yet, as the above quote just says that ATI has introduced some new functionality to make it easier for other companies such as iZ3D and DDD to implement shutter glasses support in their products so that when they are combined with new ATI hardware and the new 10.3 driver (or later) the users will be able to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode with a 120Hz LCD monitor and a set of supported shutter glasses. Both iZ3D and DDD still haven’t announced when they will actually add this support in their products and the supported shutter glasses produced by Bit Cauldron will most likely not hit the market before summer time. So you’ll have to wait some more time before actually being able to play with active shutter glasses on ATI hardware…

It is interesting to note that DDD released an update for their TriDef software suite on the same day that ATI released the preview driver, but unfortunately the new TriDef 3D 4.2.1 package just adds more game profiles and fixes some issues. On the other hand iZ3D is keeping silent for a few months already staying at driver version 1.10 and not even releasing betas like they did more frequently in previous years, but that probably means that they are really working on some really big changes.

Download links for the new ATI Catalyst 10.3a preview driver with S3D support

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Dark Void General Game Review and in Stereoscopic 3D Mode

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Games


The game Dark Void was supposed to be one of the 3D Vision supported titles, but when the demo came out I was quite disappointed from the results in showed when played in stereo 3D mode. But when the final game came out I was again quite surprised, this time for good, as it performed quite well in stereoscopic 3D mode, but not only that… the game actually shines when played on a stereo 3D equipped system. If you’ve read some of the game publications reviews of the game you’ve seen that they were not very impressive, but they missed one key ingredient that really adds a lot to the experience and that is playing in stereoscopic 3D mode. You can read my general game review and how an what the game offers when used with 3D Vision and with the help of Neil Schneider also with DDD’s TriDef and with iZ3D.

Head to MTBS3D.com to read the full game review of Dark Void…

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