Unreal Engine 3 Gains NVIDIA 3D Vision Support: The Future Is Depth - HotHardware
Unreal Engine 3 Gains NVIDIA 3D Vision Support: The Future Is Depth

Unreal Engine 3 Gains NVIDIA 3D Vision Support: The Future Is Depth

3D just might be taking over the world, but that's perfectly okay in NVIDIA's eyes. The company has been on the forefront of 3D technology within gaming ever since their 3D Vision kit hit the market, and it's widely viewed as the best 3D solution out there for gamers looking for additional depth in their gameplay.



At the GDC Expo in California, NVIDIA and Epic Games simultaneously announced that 3D Vision support would be coded into Unreal Engine 3, a breakthrough new engine that may very well set the bar for how well GPUs fare in the coming months. This means that every single game based around the Unreal Engine 3 (of which there will be many, we're sure) will be able to have a 3D mode compatible with NVIDIA's 3D Vision solution, and there's already a free Unreal Developer Kit out there for those who want to get in on the action early.

Gears of War and Gears of War 2, Shadow Complex, BioShock 2, Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, Borderlands and Batman: Arkham Asylum are just a few killer titles that utilize Unreal Engine 3, so it's understood that even more amazing titles will be on the horizon. There's no question that movie makers and game makers will be pushing 3D hard in the coming months and years, and if the future is anything as good as the titles we've already seen, we might just have to get over our fear of being seen in the den with 3D glasses on.


Facts about NVIDIA® 3D Vision and Unreal Engine 3:

  • Epic Games and NVIDIA have worked together to integrate “out of the box” support for NVIDIA® 3D Vision technology into Unreal Engine 3.
  • Unreal Engine 3 is the engine that powers some of the most successful games in the marketplace including: Gears of War and Gears of War 2, Shadow Complex, BioShock 2, Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, Borderlands and Batman: Arkham Asylum.
  • The updated version of Unreal Engine 3 and UDK will be available in the near future for all licensees allowing games developed with that revision (or later) to deliver “out of the box” support for 3D vision.
  • 3D Vision is the world’s leading consumer 3D solution and supports PC gaming, photographs, videos, Blu-ray 3D, and 3D Web browsing.
  • 3D Vision consists of wireless, active-shutter glasses and wireless USB emitter and can work with compatible 120Hz desktop LCDs, 3D TVs and projectors. A NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTX or higher GPU is also required.

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Awesome! But if I read the last line correctly in order to use the 3D Vision goggles, you need an Nvidia GPU. So are ATI owners out of luck?

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This is a slick product. I'm gonna assume they're made for NVIDIA gpu's only, and given that ATI will make their own shortly after these hit the market.

It's pretty fun to be right on the verge of the revolutionizing of video games as we've always known them. It's going to be pretty crazy, can only imagine what video gaming will be like 10-20 years from now.

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I see two problems with this:

1. NVidia only. That's what, only 50% of the market?

2. It requires glasses and a high refresh rate monitor. That's what, maybe

Sure those numbers will change, but I certainly don't plan on replacing both my monitors and video card, just so I can play a few games in 3D. That, and wearing the shutter glasses over regular glasses is highly inconvenient.

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Yeah JoelB, and your percentages are off a little. Nvidia only is not 50% of the market available in 3D as every game made, even when compatible with Nvidia cards will not be compatible with 3D viewing. It may be close, but I seriously doubt it will be all so say 40-45% at best. The glasses and high refresh monitor would probably be about 450 dollars + whatever over 150 you pay for the video card with glasses. As far as it being Nvidia, and the glasses most likely being offered with at least there higher end video cards, I would say a total of 750 for the monitor and glasses alone, with no games or computer to go with your spiffy glasses, and awesome video card. If it is one of there "forever coming soon" video cards up that to at least 8-950 with no computer or games.

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rapid1: I wasn't concerned so much with accurate numbers as I was with making a valid point.

No one has really addressed the issue of people who wear glasses while on the computer. Sure, I can wear contacts when working on a computer but I find my eyes get dry quickly (less blinking when looking at a screen) and things aren't quite as sharp for me with contacts. Maybe we could slap $3000 onto the total cost for laser eye surgery...

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