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Nvidia Announces 3DTV Play for GeForce 3D Vision

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Nvidia to take the 3D gaming to the living room with your shiny new 3D HDTV.

With the real foundations laid earlier this year at CES for 3D in home theaters, Nvidia today announced a merging of its 3D Vision technology with big screen gaming.

Nvidia announced its new 3DTV Play software technology that allows consumers to connect their GeForce GPU-powered desktop or notebook computer – as long as it has HDMI or DVI – to new 3D TVs supporting HDMI 1.4 and 1080p24, 720p60, and 720p50 3D formats.

Games that support Nvidia 3D Vision include World of Warcraft – Wrath of the Lich King, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Avatar: The Game.

Nvidia 3DTV Play software will be available later this spring and sold separately with an anticipated U.S. MSRP of $39.99. It will also be available for free for current Nvidia 3D Vision customers.

To promote its 3D tech gadgets, Nvidia has teamed up with Panasonic for a coast-to-coast 2010 "Panasonic Touch the Future Tour."

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    mister g , March 16, 2010 12:20 AM
    Software and glasses? Good luck selling that.
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    SneakySnake , March 16, 2010 12:34 AM
    Will this offload the 3D processing onto the TV ? If not, I can't really see how this is new, or innovative, since it already works on 120 Hz TV's
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    aethm , March 16, 2010 1:02 AM
    It won't offload anything to the TV. 3D TV's don't do the processing. At least not yet.
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    wiobin , March 16, 2010 1:25 AM
    great another 3D thing to support the fad great
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 16, 2010 1:28 AM
    Ironically, I am selling my 3d Vision Kit on ebay right now...

    This will not stop me. I found the 3d Vision is be a gimmick. It was cool but not worth it to me. Only one person can play at a time unless you buy extra glasses @ $150 a pop. It is plagued with microstutter, especially those of us using TVs where we sit a good bit away (it has a range of 15ft...not that far if you are playing on any TV over 55") and have other appliances using a similar 2.4 GHz wave (like wireless mouse and keyboard or internet).

    Although it did feel a bit weird going back to non3d 3d games, I always noticed I did not game as long with the 3D and I would feel like: "Finally, done with this" when I finished playing. I have found Eyefinity to be more worth while.
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    XD_dued , March 16, 2010 1:36 AM
    aethmIt won't offload anything to the TV. 3D TV's don't do the processing. At least not yet.


    Imagine in the future where we have to upgrade our tv's graphics cards lol
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    JohnnyLucky , March 16, 2010 3:11 AM
    The Wall Street Journal just had an article about 3D. It seems some people with bad eyesight might experience headaches and nausea.
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    manitoublack , March 16, 2010 3:35 AM
    Old news, Sega MasterSystem had 3D shutter glasses technology in the late 80's. Guess a reboot every 20 years or so is worth a shot and then clain the tech is yours ;) 
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    manitoublack , March 16, 2010 4:30 AM
    Sorry for the spelling mistake, also the Sega system didn't even require a special TV to work. Just any old CRT. 20 years of technological advancement...
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    blashyrkh , March 16, 2010 6:42 AM
    that is bollocks (pardon my french). Now that we have all bought our HD tv's and new monitors, they are trying to make us buy new ones that have 120Hz support for 3D. So, I need to buy an expensive NVidia GPU, the expensive glasses, and a really REALLY expensive tv with native 120Hz support.

    Yea, 2D is fine with me..
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    crash27 , March 16, 2010 8:59 AM
    Read there forum before you buy!!!!
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    crash27 , March 16, 2010 8:59 AM
    Read there forum before you buy!!!!
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    officeguy , March 16, 2010 9:03 AM
    I believe, we as a consumer, are not ready for this. We have to get glasses, software, upgrade your tv if you don't have support for it and upgrade the graphic card from time to time. To much money for the average spender, IMO. Just wait until is it in all one package!!
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    urlsen , March 16, 2010 10:01 AM
    We want OLED walls not 3d...

    If i was to upgrade it would have to do better than this :( 
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    Chris_TC , March 16, 2010 10:18 AM
    wiobingreat another 3D thing to support the fad great

    You having fun on your black/white mono TV?
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    gilbertfh , March 16, 2010 11:38 AM
    urlsenWe want OLED walls not 3d...If i was to upgrade it would have to do better than this

    Good luck with that. OLED has been shelved by most companies. Two that I can think of off the top of my head are Sony and Toshiba so we won't see any large advancements in this area in the next few years.

    On a different note I am sure there will be companies that will come out with ways for consumers to view 3d on our older LCD/Plasma TV's. 3d is currently done one computers with less than 120Hz output. As far as I know most LCD tv and monitors currently run at 60Hz.
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    djab , March 16, 2010 11:43 AM
    blashyrkhthat is bollocks (pardon my french). Now that we have all bought our HD tv's and new monitors, they are trying to make us buy new ones that have 120Hz support for 3D. So, I need to buy an expensive NVidia GPU, the expensive glasses, and a really REALLY expensive tv with native 120Hz support.Yea, 2D is fine with me..


    Too many people are complaining each time a new tech is released (or in that case updated as stereo 3D tech has been invented in the 19th century!!!).

    If we were listening to them, we would still have black and white TV with mono sound or even nothing at all.
    (Edit: as Chris_TC also said)

    If you do not like it, do not buy it.
    If you buy it, do not complain when the next big thing comes out(4K screen are coming soon ... for example).
    There will always be something better than what you just bought.
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    Chris_TC , March 16, 2010 12:34 PM
    gilbertfhOn a different note I am sure there will be companies that will come out with ways for consumers to view 3d on our older LCD/Plasma TV's. 3d is currently done one computers with less than 120Hz output. As far as I know most LCD tv and monitors currently run at 60Hz.

    3d can be done on 60Hz, but each of your two eyes will only end up with 30Hz which causes flicker.
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    b0o , March 16, 2010 2:18 PM
    people don't like to wear 3d glasses or headsets. 3d movie fads never take off and virtual reality headset/glasses always flop.

    many people still don't even use lcd/plasma tvs. many more still don't have blu ray players.

    most people who went and saw avatar did not see it on a 3d screen. most people saw it in a regular theater. a lot of those people didn't even know they weren't watching it in '3d'


    3d/surround sound is good.
    big screens are good.
    wrap around screens are good.
    eye infinity for gaming is good but expensive and largely unsupported.
    3d glasses are fail.
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    utgardaloki , March 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    @Boo
    Yeah like Avatar 3D. No one wanted to watch that shit... Stupid fad.

    I don't understand why people keep saying that 3D is shit, it never takes off, always have been a gimmic always will be jadajada.
    What every moron saying that completelly fails to mention is that older tech was outer crap. I mean why the hell don't you mention that?
    "I hate cars, had a T-Ford once and it was lousy, no power no rigidness... I'm never gona buy a stupid car."
    Jesus titty christ

    i've been following the evolution of 3D for the last 30 years and as much crap as older tech was, the new is absolutelly gorgeous. No colour degrading to speak of. No different colours for each eye. Very high reslolution. I can watch 3D endlessly without ever getting aches or feel tired. not so with older tech. Even some more recent shutter glasses have been a pain, mainly due to a bad fit and a blinking CRT monitor. That's all gone now.

    If you still don't like 3d then don't buy it. If what you're saying is "oh noes... now I'm forced to buy new 3D adapted stuff" then I sertainly think you have a point. Somehow I doubt it.
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