Nvidia Announces 3DTV Play for GeForce 3D Vision

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 (opens in new tab)."

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  • mister g
    Software and glasses? Good luck selling that.
  • SneakySnake
    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
  • aethm
    It won't offload anything to the TV. 3D TV's don't do the processing. At least not yet.
  • wiobin
    great another 3D thing to support the fad great
  • thegreathuntingdolphin
    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.
  • XD_dued
    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
  • JohnnyLucky
    The Wall Street Journal just had an article about 3D. It seems some people with bad eyesight might experience headaches and nausea.
  • manitoublack
    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 ;)
  • manitoublack
    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...
  • blashyrkh
    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..