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Gaming in s-3D without the expensive kit.

Did you know you can play stereo-3D games using just your normal LCD monitor, the new Nvidia drivers and some old red-blue 3D glasses? Here’s how, and then select special preview mode for red-blue glasses.

The effect is not as stunning as using all the special Nvidia kit that’s becoming available, but then you’re not spending £1000 on a new 120hz monitor, a super-fast graphics card (it has to do double the work to output s-3D) and probably a new PSU to run it, and the expensive shutter glasses.

Although even for red-blue glasses 3D you’ll still need a GeForce 9600 or better graphics card, and a pair of those ubiquitous cheap cardboard glasses. Hundreds of games work fine — although weapons / HUDs / third-person views may be a little messed up (FUEL‘s menu system is a particular mess), and you may need to disable some eye-candy to boost the frames-per-second. Some games run faster than others with red-blue 3D. The Hunter runs very well, while UT2004 runs like a slideshow, for instance. And the colours are likely to be a little off — Nvidia’s drivers try to compensate for the colour-shift, but then “many hues of brown” is the chosen colour-scheme of many AAA game titles, right?

You can take 3D screenshots with Alt + F1. These result in stereo pairs dropped into a subfolder of My Documents, with the .JPS extension. Simply rename to .JPG to open them in Photoshop or to post them to Flickr…

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Nvidia’s free 3D Vision Photo Viewer can then display a .JPS stereo pair like this as a single red-blue 3D picture with no problem. Just tell people to rename the .JPG to .JPS first.

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2 comments on “Gaming in s-3D without the expensive kit.

  1. […] Stereo-3D gaming on a normal LCD screen, without having to send £1000 on kit. […]

  2. Update: I’m pleased to say that “Dragon Age: Origins” is looking rather good with anaglyph stereo 3d (red-blue) clip-on plastic glasses, clipped over good-quality reading glasses. This may well be the first game I play through entirely in 3D. Dragon Age also runs very well from a single graphics card at 1920 x 1200 – a testament to the tight code written by Bioware and my new quad-core CPU, I think. The graphics and anti-aliasing on the 2D version are not stellar and when not in cut-scene mode actually rather unlike-able, and so the game’s graphics seem to be actually improved by stereo-3D. Certain types of close-up cut scenes (focus on a single face) are not in focus for s-3D – but then looking away at the background (which is in s-3D focus) while those are going on can also improve the game, as the lip-sync is not as perfect as it might be.

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