3D Gaming on PCs Is Looking Bigger and Brighter (Literally)

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I would be lying if I said I was going to rush out to buy a new PC and 3D monitor so I can stab zombies in the brain in 3D, but I can honestly tell you Nvidia's 3D Vision 2 is much better than the original.

Nvidia's second jab at 3D gaming on the PC fixes a lot of the problems with the original: The images are twice as bright, thanks to a tech Nvidia's calling LightBoost, which essentially lets more light through the lenses at a time (3D tends to be dim, as you might've noticed at the movies). The new flagship 3D Vision monitor is a 27-inch, 1920x1080 LED display from Asus, up from last year's 24-inch screens. (You will pay for that extra real estate though: With a pair of the new glasses, the monitor's $700.) The new glasses have 20 percent larger lenses to boot, but are cheaper than before, at $100. I think they're slightly less comfortable than the originals, but they totally look less dorky.

The proof is in the pixels, though, and the handful of games I played through, like Batman's latest, Arkham City were definitely way more engaging with 3D Vision 2 than the original, since I could actually, like, see things. A dark game + dim picture = emo sadness.


I'm still not entirely sold on 3D gaming—I haven't really played anything in 3D that has shaken me to the very core of my being—but if progress can be made along the lines that Nvidia's made here at short, regular intervals, that may increasingly be a question about content rather than technology. Expect more soon, either from us or the guys at Kotaku. All the new gear goes on sale later this month. [Nvidia]

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I've been using an iZ3D monitor for several years. I've been absolutely in love with 3D gaming since I was playing games in cyan/red ages ago.

I've found, however, that 3D gaming is best when it's not designed with 3D gaming in mind. When 3D gaming becomes a selling point, it gets in the way. I fear this to be the future of 3D PC gaming, with everyone trying to make use of 3D in their games to effect, causing the effect itself to be a distration.

I don't like all the anti-3D sentiment I keep seeing, but there's nothing I can do about that. I can only continue to enjoy it myself and hope the industry doesn't ruin it by trying to capitalize on it too much.