NVIDIA App Brings 3D Gaming to Your TV
Are you excited to start gaming in 3D? NVIDIA wants to show you how awesome 3D video games and movies can be, and it has teamed up with Panasonic for a US-wide road tour to showcase the latest in 3D home theater technology. As part of the tour, you'll be able to test out PCs running NVIDIA's 3DTV Play software with Panasonic's 3D HDTVs and shutter glasses (what a mouthful!).
3DTV Play lets you play 3D games or watch 3D video from your PC, and it works with compatible GeForce GPUs, over 400 games out of the box, and supports 3D TVs with HDMI 1.4, with resolutions up to 1080p at 24 frames per second. 3DTV Play isn't just for gaming; it lets you watch 3D movies, view 3D images, and even browse 3D Web sites. There's no release date yet for the app, but NVIDIA says it'll be "available later this spring" for $39.99. However, if you're an NVIDIA 3D Vision owner, the software's free.
While current PCs with NVIDIA GeForce cards will support 3DTV Play, 3D gaming requires twice the frameratw of 2D gaming, so newer, faster machines will provide the best experience for 3D. An NVIDIA rep told Gizmodo that the demo rigs used for some press previews were "inside a 3.5-foot-tall tower with a plexiglass side to show off the water cooling inside," which I can only guess will not be cheap.
Want to catch the NVIDIA/Panasonic tour? They'll be in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago through March 17, and at a dozen other cities after that. Specific locations and dates are available at Touch the Future. Did you get a chance to try World of Warcraft in 3D on the tour? Comment and let us know.