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.