Tom's Hardware has an exclusive first-look at Blu-ray 3D technology running on a notebook and HTPC leveraging Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, CyberLink's PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II software, and an Acer display. Might this setup be in your future, too?
The PC world can begin to seriously consider the Blu-ray 3D medium. The PC infrastructure has some easy advantages compared to set-top Blu-ray 3D players: flexibility, upgradeability, and an existing 3D ecosystem, thanks to Nvidia's 3D Vision technology. Remember, Nvidia's 3D solution has been available for over a year now, so there's no doubt about whether or not 120 Hz LCDs can display 3D. We have been able to purchase monitors, glasses, emitters, and even Blu-ray drives for some time now.
Now, we're only missing the drivers, playback software, and Blu-ray 3D movies to watch.
Well, Nvidia is on the verge of releasing its R256 graphics drivers, which will support Blu-ray 3D decode acceleration on the GPUs equipped to handle it. CyberLink is on the verge of launching its PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II Blu-ray 3D playback software. And the movie industry is on the verge of releasing more Blu-ray 3D titles for us to watch.
It's time to take a hard look at Blu-ray 3D on the PC.
- Blu-ray 3D Arrives On The PC
- A Quick 3D Primer
- The Blu-ray 3D Format
- Many Display Types, But Only One High-Resolution Choice
- The Other Displays: Half-Resolution Or None At All
- Blu-ray 3D Playback Software
- Requirements For A Full-Resolution Blu-ray 3D PC
- The 3D Blu-ray User Experience: Installation And Use
- Test Systems And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: CPU Utilization
- Subjective Tests: Does Blu-ray 3D Live Up To The Hype?
- Subjective Tests, Continued
- Conclusion: Blu-ray 3D Looks Promising On The PC