|Nvidia Enables 3D Blu-ray Viewing on PC|
|Home Theater News Home Theater/Media Center PCs News|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Wednesday, 02 December 2009|
With a 3D standard still in the works and HDMI 1.4 on the way, the future of 3D in the home is a bit uncertain. Add to that the need for most people to buy a brand new television in order to view three dimensional video and adoption rates look like they'll be niche at best.
One place 3D seems to have taken off fairly well though is in the PC market. Nvidia's 3D Vision has reached a fairly large group of gamers who already have compatible computers and monitors, and been fairly well received. Based on a recent announcement it seems like the company is looking to expand their appeal out of the gamer market.
Nvidia will be offering an update to their sofware that will allow viewing of 3D Blu-ray content for users with capable monitors. This update will happen in tandem with the launch of the first computer monitor that sports the required 120Hz refresh rate as well as a 1080p resolution.
Most existing Blu-ray drives will be compatible with the software according to Nvidia, though no specifics on models have yet been given. Both launches are expected to happen in early 2010, though Acer has not yet announced official details. In addition to 3D Blu-ray viewing, Nvidia is working to bring web content, Google Earth, and other applications to the 3D Vision lineup.