3D Gaming enters a new era
Destined to take the gaming experience to a whole new level, a new wave of stereoscopic 3D games promise a stunning entertainment experience.
The Red and Cyan titles of the past bear no resemblance to the all consuming, stunningly realistic games that promise to revolutionize an industry which is tailor made for the 3D experience.
3D Gaming Technology
Nvidia's 3D Vision System
In the world of 3D Gaming, 'active-shutter' is currently the technology of choice.
Nvidia's 3D Vision System is available now and can be installed on any PC with a suitably powerful graphics card. Using a combination of wireless glasses and advanced software, 3D Vision transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D. In addition, you can watch 3D movies and 3D digital photographs on your PC through the system.
A list of games compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision can be found here
A software update for the Sony PS3 games console in 2010 will enable it to play all of its existing games in 3D. The console itself will push a signal over HDMI, which your TV syncs up with 3D glasses. A 200Hz TV would, for example, alternates 1080p frames, with 100Hz for each eye. Early demos of the system look very promising.
Buying a TV with Gaming in mind
Along with a decent level of all round performance, by far the most important single consideration when buying a TV for gaming is Input Lag. Input lag is also defined as a TV's response time, measured in milliseconds (ms). The lower the figure, the quicker the response time.
An increasing number of manufacturers are adding dedicated Games Mode functionality which is designed to reduce input lag. Don't read too much into the fact that any particular TV has a dedicated TV mode or not. In some cases it makes a difference, in others it has no effect at all. Always look at a TV's response time.