Blu-ray 3D On The PC: The Tom's Hardware Review

Subjective Tests, Continued

Now that you have my opinion, let's see what other folks have to say.

Scotland Baxter
Age: 16
Occupation: Student

"I 100% preferred the Blu-ray 3D version over the 2D version of Monsters vs Aliens 3D that I have previously seen. 3D is ideal for this particular movie. The 120 Hz glasses didn't make my eyes hurt; you couldn't tell it was even blinking. I never experienced a headache. It was very clear and crisp. 3D made the movie that much better. I found that the glasses were fine for comfort."

Jason Zushman
Age: 36
Occupation: Articling Student

"In my opinion, 3D is a gimmick. There's a reason it bombed out in the 1960s. I don't think it offers anything to the movie or the plot. I do admit that Monsters vs Aliens 3D on Blu-ray 3D was cool. The 3D effect seemed better than Avatar did in the theater. It was crisper and clearer, possibly because the screen was smaller than in the theater. I was bothered by the darkness with the glasses on, and had an impulse to watch with the glasses off."

Mark Miller
Age: 26
Occupation: Welder

"I thought the 3D Blu-ray of Monsters vs Aliens 3D had a better 3D effect than Avatar did in the theater. The shrapnel, water, explosions--all of the details seemed much better. I think Blu-ray 3D is superior to what the movie theaters offer. It's clearer and nicer, despite the smaller screen. It would be nice to have a bigger screen, though. I'd like the glasses to be bigger because you lose some 3D effect if you don't put your head in an ideal position. I'd like to see a movie on Blu-ray 3D that isn't animated."

Kevin Rebeck
Age: 36
Occupation: President, Manitoba Federation of Labor

"It is cool that you can do this at home. I like the depth. I noticed some ghosting on bright lights that was distracting, but it didn't happen often so I consider it a minor issue. The picture seemed crisper, more detailed than in the theater. I felt a little light-headed after watching, and found it a little distracting to grab for a drink or shift my focus during the film. But, admittedly, I also find these issues irritating in a 3D theater. At first, I noticed the weight of the glasses, but I got used to them after a little while. They probably weigh about the same as regular shades really. I expected them to be heavier by the looks of them."

Seth Woligroski
Age: 7
Occupation: Student

"I liked the 3D effect a lot, but didn't notice it was there after a while. I didn't even notice that I had the glasses on while I was watching the movie."

Subjective Testing Summary

All of the test subjects (except for seven-year-old Seth) mentioned the sharp clarity that Blu-ray 3D and 3D Vision bring to the table. Aside from that, we see a number of positive comments regarding increased details, an appreciation for the sense of depth this format brings, and the comfort of the 3D Vision glasses. There is a recurring theme that the experience is better than in a 3D theater. One test subject who had previously seen Monsters vs Aliens in 2D even noted that the movie offered a better experience in 3D.

How about the negative comments? One of the test subjects harbors a negative opinion about 3D media in general. This is a pre-existing opinion that this test did not change, and yet he also testifies to the clarity and improved depth he experienced compared to films he'd seen in a 3D theater.

It should be noted that an estimated 3% to 15% of the population probably suffers from stereoscopic vision impairment, with symptoms ranging from a total lack of 3D effect to limited 3D depth perception. This could be an explanation for the variances in our test subjects' experiences. There are some other negative comments about darkness and the impact on the experience when the viewer isn't in an ideal physical position, but for the most part, it seems safe to say that the majority of test subjects were quite impressed by the demonstration.

  • Annisman
    The big issue I have with Blu-Ray on the PC is this: There is no free, or reasonably priced software to play Blu-Ray disks. I was pretty much forced to purchase Power DVD 10 Ultra for 110$, as there is no other application that I have found to watch Blu-Ray with. Of course you can 'screw the man' and go pirate Power DVD, but that's probably the main reason I have to shell out over a hundred bucks for the software in the first place. We need an integrated software solution for BD as it is becoming more mainstream. What happened to Blu-Ray playback being included with WMP for Windows 7 ? VLC doesn't even have a solution, what is the reason we don't have 3rd party BD software yet ? Until that is addressed, I can't see Blu-Ray on the PC being viable.
  • joytech22
    I gotta say i own Nvidia's 3D vision kit + a BD drive + a GTX470 and i just cant wait until the 3D Blu-Ray's are released but first i need to replace my Samsung 2233RZ since the top 15-20% is no longer in 3D.

    So far i have had a Very positive experience with Nvidia's solution!
  • ajy0903
    And also we need to have bigger 3D monitor for PC then what they have currently!!!!!!!!!
  • jrazor247
    seems most 3d movies are cg currently. probably the entire tool chain to edit and post process digital film has to be upgraded. adding stereoscopic cameras to production is probably the easiest. in a computer generated movie, all the processing can be converted to 3d almost natively in the rendering software. I went to a see the 3d vision setup at a blockbuster near my house. it showed games and animated movies in 3d. the real wow effect came watching footage of people skydiving in 3d. once 3d video production ramps up, its here to stay. i would be addicted to watching sports and performances in 3d. the next road block would be distribution, as the cable and sat providers would have to double bandwidth - artifacts from over compression would def ruin 3d.
  • johnb4467
    If the hardware settles 7 stabilizes, this is something I would be interested in, whether it's for the PC or the upcoming PS3 firmware update.
    I do agree, however, that there needs to be more built-in support for software. I'm sure that will find its way into apps such as XBMC and Plex eventually.
    This is going to be hardest for consumers to adopt who have sunk a lot of money into existing HDTV's...especially ones who 'claimed' 120hz refresh rates -- but won't work with 3D. My own TV is a low-end Westinghouse 1080p, so down the road I wouldn't mind upgrading...if the material and quality is there!
    FYI: I had older shutter glasses on my old PC & CRT display -- with a fast enough refresh headaches; it's really not an issue (current demos have confirmed this).
  • toxxel
    I wear glasses already, wearing another pair of glasses over my own is an annoyance. I've never really been a fan of 3D since my eyesight mostly keeps me from seeing anything 3D. I can see nearly perfect out of one eye but the other is another story. My first experience of a 3D polarized movie was Avatar. What I saw didn't impress, blurriness, strange effects from pronounced objects on the screen, felt distracted and ruined many scenes. I understand it's my eyesight that caused problems but I feel 3D won't become main stream simply because of the glasses, but if it were to I'd feel completely alienated seeing I don't have the same experience.
  • gti88
    Unfortunately, I don't expect the 3d to come to Formula 1 soon. At least, until Ecclestone is no longer in charge.
  • jsm6746
    this is mostly a rehash of the article you posted by cyberlink's tom vaughan yesterday... i must say i found his article much more informative... the benchmarks were all that was needed in this... the opinion piece was unnecessary... O_o,2632.html
  • cleeve
    jsm6746this is mostly a rehash of the article you posted by cyberlink's tom vaughan yesterday...
    I disagree with you there. Tom's article is a great Blu-ray 3D white paper, but it's not a Blu-ray 3D review. We did have to duplicate some of the information briefly so this article could stand on its own, but the focus of either article is quite different.
  • cknobman
    3d at home can suck it.

    New tv's, special glasses, limited viewing angles, new media, new monitors, special software to play them, new blue ray players, etc.., etc...

    Not to mention the general discomfort associated with having to watch things in 3d, the fact that 3d is NOT suitable for all situations, many people in the general public have an impairment that wont allow them to enjoy 3d, etc.., etc...

    Let this fad fade away and quickly!!! Im not reinvesting thousands and thousands of dollars into this new marketing gimmick. Its another way for the entertainment industry to make even more money off us. Now the push it to make all movies 3d and charge a mandatory 15-20 bucks per ticket to see it.

    Its just sad there is such a large portion of the population that mindlessly follows anything presented to them and like zombies will pay what they are told without regard to the cost/benefit ratio.