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    The 3D PC


    3D entertainment is gaining quite a bit of momentum especially with awesome 3D movies like Alice in Wonderland and of course James Cameron’s Avatar. We’re seeing a sort of “3D revolution”, as NVIDIA calls it, where 3D is being introduced in all kinds of types of visual entertainment ranging from of course movies and PC games to photos and even live 3D broadcasts. At Computex 2010 this week, NVIDIA is partnering with us (Microsoft), Alienware, Asus, Dell, Toshiba and others to introduce a new category of PC: the 3D PC.

    With a 3D PC, the consumer can easily bring the amazing 3D experiences into their home. For example, they can play 3D PC games. NVIDIA has invested a lot of time working closely with game developers so that more than 425 PC games work great with NVIDIA’s 3D Vision technology. Sony and Fujifilm will be bringing 3D digital cameras to market where consumers can take 3D photos and view them in 3D on their 3D PC. A 3D PC can view the Web in 3D including live streaming of 3D video. And you can watch Blu-ray 3D movies thanks to folks like Cyberlink who will be releasing a version of their software player that will support playback of Blu-ray movies in 3D.

    So what makes a 3D PC? A 3D PC must have, by definition, the following minimum requirements:


    • A pair of 3D active-shutter glasses.
    • A 120Hz 3D-capable display which can be a desktop LCD monitor, a 3D projector, a 3D TV, or a laptop with an integrated 3D-capable LCD.
    • A discrete GPU such as the latest GeForce GPU’s from NVIDIA that are designed to deliver HD content to a 3D display.
    The idea behind having a 3D PC category is to make it easier for consumers who are looking at purchasing a new PC to get a PC that is capable of delivering the 3D experience for the right budget. For example, several OEMs will be featuring a “3D PC” category on their websites. For folks wanting to upgrade an existing PC to get the 3D experience – retailers will be featuring 3D PC branded components to easily identify what they need to do their upgrade.

    It’s really exciting to see this new category and the 3D space grow. Both my colleague Ben Rudolph and I will be talking more about 3D PCs in the coming months here on the Windows Experience Blog.

    For more information, give this blog post a read from the NVIDIA Blog.

    NVIDIA today is also announcing the newest addition to their GeForce consumer GPUs based on their Fermi architecture: the GeForce GTX 465. Previously, the GeForce GTX 480 and 470 GPUs were announced in March. The GTX 465 will hit with the target price of $279, like all GTX 400 series GPU will support DirectX 11, and also support NVIDA’s 3D Vision technology. For more information on the GTX 465, click here to read their blog post.


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    It sounds good, but the glasses will be a bit of a pain to wear whenever you try to play a game, especially if you normally have prescription lenses. I think we should wait until we can view 3D without glasses, which won't be long, it is working in the labs, all it takes is a camera to individually track each of your eyes and send a different picture to both. It is working for up to four people in the labs, so it won't be long, and I will wait for this before an expensive upgrade.
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    So California
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    Win 7 64 SP1 RC


    Now that will be something to have.
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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Think I'll pass, like Richard I wear glasses and already have to change when using the computer to a pair that has single vision at a certain distance.

    To be honest I don't think it would be something I would want to have on a computer anyway, I don't watch TV or movies on it or work with video editing so I think this kind of technology would be wasted on the way I use my machine.

    Plus I probably wouldn't be able to afford one.
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    The only thing I could use it for would be gaming. I am not a hard gamer, but once in a while, I do get out one of my two trusty games!
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    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    As soon as Samsung or Acer releases a 27" 3D monitor, I will buy one.
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    Sydney Australia
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    No way I can watch 3d because I am blind in right eye.
    A definite no go for me.
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    England
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    Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


    Quote Originally Posted by Kodi View Post
    No way I can watch 3d because I am blind in right eye.
    A definite no go for me.
    I think head tracking 3D does work for those with partial site, actually I think it might even work better with one eye .

    Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw and see if the 3d works on you (it's best in full screen).

    Oli
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    Sydney Australia
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Thank you but Link not working will try again later
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    Norwich, UK
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by osholt View Post
    I think head tracking 3D does work for those with partial site, actually I think it might even work better with one eye .

    Watch YouTube - Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote and see if the 3d works on you (it's best in full screen).

    Oli
    wow... thats amazing!

    and no I dont think it will work with only 1 eye, the reason we see in 3d is because our eyes both take slightly different 2D pictures, and then your brain sorts out what it actually looks like in 3d. 1 eye = 1 2d picture
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