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3D Vision Discover Provides Free 3D PC Gaming

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

Here's a way to activate 3D gaming on a Nvidia GPU without the need to purchase the 3D Vision Kit.

Want 3D PC gaming but dont' have the bucks to dump into a new Nvidia 3D Vision kit? There may be a way around the premium setup if you already own a Nvidia-based GPU. Press X Or Die has a small tutorial on how to get 3D up and running, however this method uses the old-school anaglyph technique using red and cyan filters. That said, you may need to make your own specs--finding a pair on the market may be next to impossible outside ordering through Nvidia.

Nvidia calls this method "3D Vision Discover," and apparently it only works on Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems (sorry XP). The minimum specs also reveal that the PC needs at least an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 CPU, 1GB of RAM (although Nvidia suggests 2GB), 100MB of HDD space, and any desktop display. 3D Vision Discover doesn't work on just any Nvidia-based GPU either--the GeForce 200/100 series, the GeForce 9 series, and the GeForce 8 series are the only supported GPUs.

For those with qualified rigs, the overall setup sounds rather simple. Once the drivers are installed and the CP reboots (if this process is needed), gamers simply go to Start>All Programs>NVIDIA Corporation>3D Vision, then click on "Enable 3D Vision Discover." The setup goes through various processes of testing and depth correction. Once completed, most games should run in anaglyph mode-- each will even report how well it is supported.

"One thing to note is that it can have a hefty penalty on your frame rate," the blog reads. "For example in L4D it dropped from 60fps down to 30fps. But some games don’t take as much of a hit." The blog added that some games work better than others, with FPS titles receiving the biggest visual "boost." However all games seem to have HUD issues, as the HUD isn't 3D and appears to float on-screen.

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    fball922 , March 18, 2010 11:14 PM
    Just search "anaglyph glasses" on ebay. $4 shipped from a US seller. Getting a pair just to play with...
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    shadow187 , March 18, 2010 11:00 PM
    So I can get an effect that gives me headaches, halves my FPS, requires me to find an outdated pair of filtering glasses, and doesn't display my game properly, ALL FOR FREE?!

    Thanks nVidia. Knew I could count on you.
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    shadow187 , March 18, 2010 11:00 PM
    So I can get an effect that gives me headaches, halves my FPS, requires me to find an outdated pair of filtering glasses, and doesn't display my game properly, ALL FOR FREE?!

    Thanks nVidia. Knew I could count on you.
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    mister g , March 18, 2010 11:02 PM
    +1, though this could work for those people like me who don't have a 200 series GPU, looked at the 3D Vision link, don't those look like those cheap cardboard red blue glasses?
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    Anonymous , March 18, 2010 11:09 PM
    There's a better (I guess, did not try 3D Vision Discover) alternative. IZ3D offer a good alternative for ATI and other non-supported NVidia GPU. The anaglyph part of the IZ3D driver is free.
    Had good performance in L4D2.

    Anyway, 3D is just a gimmick to pay more for the same thing but 3dED.
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    fball922 , March 18, 2010 11:14 PM
    Just search "anaglyph glasses" on ebay. $4 shipped from a US seller. Getting a pair just to play with...
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    builderbobftw , March 18, 2010 11:15 PM
    Eh, When they work out the 3D kinks, (Price,Glasses, Only running on Nvidia and 120hz moniters)

    It could be pretty awesome, but not in the next 5 years.
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    fball922 , March 18, 2010 11:17 PM
    builderbobftwEh, When they work out the 3D kinks, (Price,Glasses, Only running on Nvidia and 120hz moniters) It could be pretty awesome, but not in the next 5 years.


    Well I think the point of this here is that you don't need all of that. Just a compatible GPU and a pair of glasses.
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    Pei-chen , March 18, 2010 11:20 PM
    I want the HUD to float on screen. Think how cool it'll look if "behind" the HUD, zombies are running towards you and you shoot over the HUD with an auto shotty.
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    ravewulf , March 18, 2010 11:29 PM
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    you may need to make your own specs--finding a pair on the market may be next to impossible outside ordering through Nvidia

    So not true. Any pair of red/cyan 3D glasses will work from any vendor. Here are just a couple:

    http://www.rainbowsymphony.com/
    http://www.3dglassesonline.com/
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    builderbobftw , March 18, 2010 11:31 PM
    Quote:
    Well I think the point of this here is that you don't need all of that. Just a compatible GPU and a pair of glasses.


    Still, In doesn't work well at all unless you buck up for the Officail Nvidia Glasses, and IR transmitter. (200$) , a 120H moniter (600$) and a GTX 295 (500$+).

    And that's to much to pay for the current, Imperfect 3D.

    I'll switch over to 3D when I can do it on ATI, without glasses, and without a 120HZ moniter.

    ( Oh, and it works well)
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    rembo666 , March 18, 2010 11:53 PM
    I tried it with a pair of cheap paper Red-Blue glasses and it's pretty much worthless. You get a headache real quick, and it can be quite disorienting in closed-quarters games. However, I did like playing Burnout Paradise with the glasses. The depth of field really adds to the sensation of speed.
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 1:16 AM
    Try with a pair of Pro-Ana glasses, should be a lot better than with your outdated cardboard ones...
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    demosthenes81 , March 19, 2010 2:22 AM
    I bought the glasses from Nvidia the best game with them so far is DeadSpace it looks cool in some stuff and pretty janky in others dont reccomend Batman AA as it seems to slow the whole game down even though it says im getting 35 fps its pretty cool with killing floor as well with rendered hardsight models
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    anamaniac , March 19, 2010 5:51 AM
    Someone want to wake me up when 240Hz, 4048x2024 AMOLED filter (most projectors are DLP or LCD), touch sensitive laser projectors come around $200?
    Then I'll jump full way onto 3D. =D
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    KAMLOTTON , March 19, 2010 6:44 AM
    just download iz3d driver from www.izd3.com and you'll have same effect, with every graphic card (not only nvidia) and on win XP too.
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    rags_20 , March 19, 2010 8:16 AM
    What I like about this is the way XP is being phased out.
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    shadow187 , March 19, 2010 8:54 AM
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    What I like about this is the way XP is being phased out.


    Indeed, but you can't beat a dead horse. XP can't become too oudated too quickly.
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    The_Trutherizer , March 19, 2010 9:21 AM
    I think this is very cool. I wish ATI would do something similar.
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    The_Trutherizer , March 19, 2010 9:24 AM
    Anybody ever seen how XP looks like a dead face? I mean there's XD and then :p  and looking at it from that angle just makes XP look like somebody who just croaked.
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    baddad , March 19, 2010 11:39 AM
    This is really not new, I found this out a long time ago, and if you have ever bought a 3D movie you would already have the classes you need.The problem with this method is the it washes out a lot of the color and the cheap classes are uncomfortable.
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    manitoublack , March 19, 2010 12:33 PM
    just played a sequence through Mass Effect2 with a set of glasses I got in last months issue of PC-PowerPlay. I've got depth set to minimal (works best in the dark environments for me)

    I must say it's subtle but definitely there. Worth a shot, didn't get a headache and played for about 30 minutes.

    Tried FEAR as well, but it's so dark it's hard to get any effect. I'll run mirrors edge in the morning, light and bright, so should work well in the high contrast environments.
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