NVIDIA Demos 3D Surround Gaming On GF100 - HotHardware

NVIDIA Demos 3D Surround Gaming On GF100

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Some of the most impressive booths at CES 2010 used walls of screens that were spanned and combined to display one scene. The experience is similar to walking into Best Buy and standing in the middle of the TV section while surrounded with LCDs and Plasmas, but perhaps on a grander scale. While companies have been using this tactic for years in order to leave a lasting impression on consumers, gamers are now able to make use of multiple screens in order to maximize the adventure. Without a doubt, multi-panel gaming is the hottest ticket in the enthusiast scene. While ATI's Eyefinity has been on the market for a few months now, NVIDIA's Surround Gaming will show up very shortly. Here's what we saw at CES.   


Multi-Panel Gaming Across Three Displays in 3D

The NVIDIA booth was home to a mezmerizing setup that consisted of three projectors displaying a racing simulation across a single wide screen. The system consisted of two, soon to be released GF100 cards in SLI. We were told that one graphics card powered one of the projectors while the other GF100 powered the other two displays. That leads us to believe that NVIDIA's Surround technology requires more than one GPU, but we'll see if that's the case at launch.

In case you are wondering why the game looks fuzzy, its due to the use of NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology. The combination of multi-panel Surround Gaming and 3D Vision creates a unique experience that gamers will be able to take advantage of sometime early this year.  


 

 
3D Vision DX 11 Rocket Sled Demo Running on GF100 Tri-SLI Watercooled Monster

Also in the booth, we spotted a Tri-SLI GF100 setup running the 3D Vision Rocket Sled demo. Rocket Sled was an interactive game that utilized both 3D Vision and DirectX 11. The experience was impressive and we can't wait to see some of the visuals effects employed in next-gen titles. 

NVIDIA was clearly eager to show the press that their GF100 was alive, well and drawing near to launch but they weren't allowing hands on interaction with the new GPU.  Stick around however.  We have a feeling that we'll soon get a taste of GF100 here at the HotHardware labs and that means you'll soon be getting a taste as well.

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Can't wait to see some benchmarks on Nvidia's new card!

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Yeah it sounds sweet, but I wish somewhere would do benchmarks on real games not just the approved product vendor sent in many cases test modules. I mean stick a copy of Crysis off the shelf in the computer install it on a machine fresh and new from a retail copy. Then test it on all the cards they wanna benchmark, really what games don't have FPS monitors on them now anyway. I can log into most MMO games and display a FPS actively running the game so everything has to have them and I know Crysis or Dirt2 etc have one.

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Eyefinity and Surround Gaming will be so awesome with multiple monitors(aslong as they don't have bezels Big Smile) So I need to save up and get 100" + tv so I can totally get my game ON. LOL The only thing I don't get is the whole 3D movement. I wear glasses now so more head gear ain't gonna be fun. HD is plenty for me.

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Unless they can make 3D happen without glasses (I also wear glasses), I won't be adopting it. Here's to hoping our future is filled with holographic displays!

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Their 3D surround gaming tech looks very similar to Eyefinity. Nvidia already has 3D vision goggles that you can use and they've been well received, and cost around $200.

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Yeah soupstyle I was reading an article on 3D tv's earlier today. They kept talking about glasses, and I was thinking there is no way I am buying glasses to wear and watch TV. Come on I have a 3 year old and PBS may be in HD but 3D, and she tears glasses to pieces anyway (she likes to stretch them).

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