Earlier this month BenQ has announced their new monitor XL2720Z, the first 27-inch gaming monitor that BenQ releases with support for 144Hz refresh rate as their previous model XL2720T was up to 120Hz. BenQ XL2720Z is also 3D Vision ready, though when using it in stereoscopic 3D mode you are being limited to 120Hz (60Hz per eye) like with other 144Hz 3D-capable models. And while the 3D Vision compatibility also comes with 3D LightBoost technology support that can help improving the brightness level in stereo 3D mode and also help reduce motion blur in 2D mode, BenQ has also introduced a new Motion Blur Reduction technology of their own that essentially does what 3D Lightboost does – strobing backlight, but BenQ’s solution does not require “software hacks” to work like you may need to do to enable Nvidia’s 3D Lightboost for motion blur reduction.
If I did not read that an update for the beta of the VorpX 3D driver for Oculus Rift has been released I probably would not notice (the update is available for people that bought a beta license). According to the developers of the software should update itself automatically when you start it, but in my case it was not updating itself or at least it did not give any indication of downloading and installing an update.
Up until recently all 120Hz+ LCD monitor intended for gaming (regardless if for stereo 3D use or not) were using TN-based LCD panels due to the fact that this technology provides the best results in terms of pixel response and that is something you need if you want to have a higher refresh rate. TN LCD panels may be the fastest in terms of response, however they have other no so good aspects when compared to VA-based and IPS-based panels, but fortunately we now have what seems to be the first gaming oriented 120Hz LCD monitor with a VA-based panel from Eizo (it does not support stereoscopic 3D!). If you are not familiar with the name Eizo it is probably because up until recently the company was focused on professional monitors and it just recently started making monitors targeted at gamers
It seems that our friends at mtbs3D.com are currently experiencing some technical issues with the hardware in the server hosting the website, so the site is currently down, but hopefully it will soon be back online. Below you can read the official announcement about the problem from Neil Schneider posted on the MTBS3D Facebook page: Hi Guys! MTBS has been down because we had an absolutely HORRIBLE server crash. Despite making backups, this would have been very damaging especially since we’ve been making new service updates for the site that hadn’t been mirrored yet. Fortunately, the hard drive was mirrored by RAID, and we are taking steps to get things back to normal. Don’t forget about us in our absence.
If you have an AMD-based video card that has support for the AMD HD3D Technology (Radeon HD 5000 series or newer) you can take advantage of the promotion that DDD is currently running for their TriDef 3D software and get a license for half the normal retail price. With the help of the TriDef 3D software you can convert games into stereoscopic 3D format for playing on compatible 3D-capable monitors or 3D HDTV sets, as well as play 3D photos and 3D videos on your 3D-cabled PC. Have in mind that this discount will be valid until the end of this month (November 30th), so you should take advantage of that offer now and not wait for the last moment and possible miss your chance. What you should be well aware of however is that by getting the discounted license for the TriDef 3D for AMD HD3D software you will be able to run it only on compatible AMD graphics, so if you replace your graphics card with an Nvidia-based one at a later time you will not be able to use the software on it! The TriDef 3D software has a 14-day trial version available that you may download and try before you decide if you should buy a license for the software. – For more information about the TriDef 3D for AMD HD3D promotion…
DDD has released a new beta of the TriDef 3D Ignition that adds support for 64-bit games or games that also have a separate 64-bit launcher aside from the standard 32-bit one. As usual with the beta versions you need to install them on top of a full installation of the TriDef 3D software package (OEM or Retail) in order to be able to try them. Below you can find a complete changelog of what is new and which 64-bit games have been tested and confirmed working. Note that the Battlefield 4 Beta is still not supported, but hopefully by the time the full game will be released it will be supported starting October 29 in North America and following with other regions in the next few days
If you are already a gamer playing in stereoscopic 3D mode or are at least following what has been happening with stereo 3D you have probably noticed that lately stereo 3D gaming is being left aside and both AMD and Nvidia are focusing on 4K gaming as the next big thing in gaming. The question here is if 4K gaming will become the norm in a few years or it will have fate that stereo 3D gaming does currently have – not supported and left to the community hoping that it will keep it alive. Nvidia has done great by reviving its old stereoscopic 3D drivers and pushing both hardware manufacturers and gamers to go and try stereoscopic 3D gaming a few years ago and thus creating the big market for stereoscopic 3D gaming itself. Of course there were also other solutions already available at that time, but they did not have the needed resources and the interest in general in stereo 3D was not that strong back then. AMD on the other hand also supported kind of stereoscopic 3D, but it was “outsourced” to partners such as iZ3D and DDD, because the company never did have very strong interest in stereoscopic 3D gaming.
Finally we are going to see something from the vorpX 3D driver intended for providing Oculus Rfit support for games that do are not made to be used with the Rift – this means stereoscopic 3D rendering as well as headtracking mapping to the game controls. There was just an announcement that a VorpX Beta has been released an it is available for purchase for ~40$ + taxes with a time-limited demo version that is supposed to be made available in a few weeks for people that want to try before they buy the software. According to the developer of the software the vorpX beta is already compatible with about 80 DX9-DX11 games including support for games like Skyrim, Crysis, COD: Modern Warfare 3, Fallout 3 and many, many more. This license for the beta release includes free updates until (but not including) a future version 2.0 of the software and you are allowed to install the software on two machines at the same time
Here is something that looks very promising and might be able to provide good virtual reality-like gaming experience when playing video games on larger displays such as an HDTV or a projector, especially for FPS games. And although it is not specifically designed for stereo 3D support, it could turn out to be a great addition to a 3D HDTV, by making the experience even more immersive. What the company called IMMERSIX is offering is a solution providing immersive experience with 6 degrees of freedom by being able to track independently markers on your gun and your head movement and this translates into realistic motion inside the game world
There is a new interesting project on Kickstarter called vrAse that reminds me a lot to Oculus Rift, however the goal of the project here is to provide you with an easy way to turn your existing smartphone into a stereoscopic 3D-capable VR and AR device. You can think of the vrAse as everything that the Oculus Rift provides besides the display and the display along with the extra features comes with your smartphone when you insert it in the vrAse. The idea is to provide an easy and affordable solution that can provide good results just by adding your smartphone in the mix and you are not limited to just a single model smartphone, meaning easy upgradeability at a later time by just changing the phone – for example to get higher resolution, faster processing for games, or better camera for AR.