The 25th annual meeting of the Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference, part of the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging 2014 symposium, brought together researchers and practitioners of 3D capture, display, processing, and perception from around the world. Topics of the more than 75 oral and poster presentations spanned: the design and applications of stereoscopic 3D displays, autostereoscopic displays, quality assessment, depth map processing, and human factors. Of particular interest were two keynote presentations. Jeff Joseph, producer of World 3D Film Expo, discussed the history and lineage of numerous early stereoscopic films. Gordon Wetzstein of the MIT Media Laboratory offered inspirational recommendations for new directions in 3D display research, grounded in the combination of fast computation, optics, and mathematical optimization.
Nvidia has made available the G-SYNC DIY Upgrade kits for the ASUS VG248QE monitor available in their store, unfortunately they can be ordered only by people living in the US or Canada (as previously announced). The kit is being sold for $199 USD and you need to already have the monitor available in order to upgrade it to support the new G-SYNC technology. According to Nvidia the installation process should take approximately 30 minutes and it essentially covers the complete replacement of the LCD driver board and the power supply that the ASUS VG248QE uses with the ones included in the Upgrade kit. – You can order the G-SYNC Do-It-Yourself Upgrade Kit from Nvidia here… – Download an installation guide for the G-SYNC Do-It-Yourself Mod in PDF format…
Not only ASUS announced their new ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC monitor at CES 2014, but other Nvidia partners that are expected to launch monitor with built-in support for the G-SYNC technology have shown their upcoming products. The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q however remains the most interesting product as it is the first one with official support for 120Hz resolution on a panel that goes beyond Full HD resolution, even though not 3D Vision support for it has been announced. All other announced models are in the form of 24-inch and 27-inch models with 1080p resolution and apparently only BenQ’s products will have support for the 3D Vision technology, or at least only that company is talking about 3D Vision support on their upcoming G-SYNC products. List of Upcoming G-Sync Monitors: ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q – 2560
Here comes the announcement of the first Nvidia G-SYNC enabled monitor at CES 2014 fromm ASUS – the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q. The monitor supports WQHD 2560
Just a few days ago I was talking about Nvidia’s G-SYNC technology and the fact that the early DIY upgrade modules are still not widely available, not to mention that there was also not a lot of information regarding the first wave of monitors that are supposed to come out with G-SYNC support built-in. Well, in the Nvidia CES Press Event the company has revealed a bit more information about the G-SYNC tech, namely the Q2 availability from Acer, AOC, ASUS, BEnQ, Philps and ViewSonic. And on the slide that Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has shown you can also see that we are getting not only 24″ and 27″ displays with 1080p resolution that will support G-SYNC, but there will be also 27-inch models with 2560
Nvidia has promised that by the end of the year they will have the G-Sync DIY Upgrade modules available to the most eager enthusiasts that want to get their hands on the technology as early as possible and they kind of delivered on that promise. The G-Sync DIY upgrade module is intended for owners of ASUS VG248QE monitors that want to upgrade their displays or for people that are interested in buying already upgraded monitors with the module installed by professionals. And I’m saying that they kind of delivered on their promise, because currently there are 4 partners of Nvidia that supposedly offer either an upgrade services to make your ASUS VG248QE monitor G-Sync ready or to sell you an already upgraded monitor. The problem is that all of these four companies are US-based and while with some you might be able to get an overseas delivery, the shipment of a $500 US dollars monitor would end up quite expensive when you add all the taxes on top of the price. The four Nvidia G-Sync partners that are already announced by Nvidia are: – Falcon Northwest – MAINGEAR – DigitalStorm – Overlord Computer The first two: Falcon Northwest and MAINGEAR are only selling new computers where you can add a G-Sync modified ASUS VG248QE monitor along with your PC for about $500 US or a bit more.
It seems that Steam has added a category in their search that allows you to easily see what games are available in the platform that have support for the Oculus Rift 3D VR HMD and even though the category is called VR Support it essentially means Oculus Rift support for now. And while we may see other games supporting different VR platforms as they become available in the future, at the moment Steam has listed 14 titles in the VR Support category though the number of games is actually a bit different. You can see the list if you open the search on Steam and go to the advanced search where you have the option to select category and at the bottom of the category list you will see the new VR Support category. We mentioned 14 titles available under the VR Support category, but the number is actually a bit different as the list includes Team Fortress 2 two times and it is also included in the Valve Complete pack where other Valve games with Oculus Rift support are only available
Soon after the announcement of the new 27-inch BenQ XL2720Z 3D-capable monitor, the company has just announced two new 24-inch 3D-capable displays that essentially bring the new features of the larger model to the smaller 24-inch ones. The new BenQ XL2411Z and BenQ XL2420Z essentially will replace the older XL2411T and XL2420T/TX series, but the not so good news is that these two new models expected early next year will not feature support for the new Nvidia G-Sync technology. Nvidia has promised us the G-Sync DIY upgrade modules before the end of the year, but we are still not seeing these available, and availability of models with G-Sync support built-in early next year, but it seems things may get delayed a bit. BenQ XL2411Z and XL2420Z are suppose to be available in early 2014 and probably not too long after their release on the market BenQ may also announce new series that are supposed to provide G-Sync support as well as the company is an Nvidia launch partner for the G-Sync technology. Enough with G-Sync for now, the BenQ XL2720Z and the new smaller BenQ XL2420Z and XL2411Z monitors that will feature 3D Vision support with an external 3D Vision kit (including IR emitter as it is not built in) as well as 3D LightBoost technology
Our colleagues at MTBS3D just announced the release of GameGradeVR, a service very similar to the GameGrade3D, intended to help gamers rate game compatibility with the various VR drivers – TriDef Ignition, Vireio Perception, VorpX as well as native support, all of which support Oculus Rift, but some are not limited only to that 3D-capable HMD. The GameGradeVR submissions are only limited for true stereoscopic 3D support and if a game uses 2D+Depth, Virtual 3D or Z-Depth rendering to create the stereoscopic 3D effect rating for it should not be submitted. You need to be registered at MTBS3D in order to be able to submit ratings in the GameGradeVR and the good thing about this system is that it is completely user driven, meaning that a game or a VR driver that claims to provide great results and experience may not turn out to be rated as such by the actual users and the opposite can also be true. So check out the GameGradeVR if you are interested and do have in mind that it was just launched, so there are still not that many submissions and here you can help… – To see the currently submitted game ratings at GameGradeVR or submit more…
DDD has released the new version 6.0 of their TriDef 3D software, bringing official support for 64-bit games (previously only available in beta) as well as updating the list of game profiles, so now the new version comes with support for over 850 games. Another interesting development with the release of the new version 6.0 is that the beta TriDef 3D’s Oculus Rift support does not require you to install a beta version of the Ignition part of the software – it is now available in the form of an add-on that you can install along with the latest official release of the software.