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NVIDIA Announces 3D Gaming Rig

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Posted January 9, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Because we've grown bored with the overused dimensions of Length and Width, NVIDIA is bringing gamers a third, exciting dimension to enjoy: Depth!  NVIDIA's just revealed 3D Vision for GeForce is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses, a high-power IR emitter and software that automatically transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D experiences. Drooling yet?

3D Vision is designed to work with pure Samsung and ViewSonic 120 Hz LCD monitors, Mitsubishi DLP HDTVs, and the DepthQ HD 3D Projector by Lightspeed Design, Inc. Using either magic or advanced computer programming skillz, NVIDIA's system will work with over 300 currently available PC games, and should be compatible with many, many upcoming PC titles through NVIDIA's “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played” program.

You'll also be able to use the set-up to enjoy 3D photographs of fluffy rabbits, or any other subject matter. And 3D movies! Those, too! Although no titles have been announced, I sincerely hope 3D vision will allow for fully in-depth home viewings of modern 3D flicks like Journey to the Center of the Earth, as well as classic 3D titles like 1983's Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn.

3D Vision is available now at finer computer e-tailers, and it's not crazy expensive, either. It costs $199. Read all the details at NVIDIA's official site.

I've tried out a few different 3D gaming experiences over the past few year (not NVIDIA's) and while they're kind of cool, 3D gaming is not something I just gotta have at home. People have been touting 3D as the wave of the entertainment future since the early 1950s. Every 20 years or so, Hollywood releases a bunch of 3D movies and promises that this time, it's going to work perfectly, everyone will love it, and it will become the new standard. But inevitably, everyone doesn't love it, and it's more like an engaging novelty than a serious change in the way we watch/play things. My question is: Is this time going to be different? Has the technology advanced enough to make home 3D gaming the new standard?

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