The cool thing about stepping outside from time to time is that 3D visuals come naturally; no dorky glasses required. Inside the home sitting behind your PC is another story. Save for a select few glasses-free 3D displays, that third dimension requires donning a pair of spectacles, and with that being the case, Nvidia set out to add a bit of style (and function) to to its 3D Vision platform. Dubbed 3D Vision 2, the next generation of Nvidia's 3D technology entails "sleek, newly-redesigned, gamer-inspired glasses." Nvidia's wireless specs are a little more angular than before and are adorned by brushed metal Nvidia logos on either side.
More importantly, 3D Vision 2 introduces Nvidia 3D LightBoost, a new display technology the company claims dramatically improves the overall 3D experience with images that are up to twice as bright and with richer colors than other 3D technologies deliver.
"Gorgeous, bright, crystal-clear 3D worlds are created by Nvidia's 3D Vision 2 glasses with 3D LightBoost monitors and notebooks," said Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision at Nvidia. "Nvidia's engineering team has made incredible enhancements in 3D on PCs, creating a breathtaking gaming experience that's better than the best Hollywood 3D movie."
The first 3D LightBoost-certified display is the Asus VG278H, a 27-inch LED Full HD (1920x1080) panel with a 3D HDMI 1.4 input, dual-link DVI, 120Hz refresh rate, and 2ms response time.
The Asus VG278H with 3D Vision 2 glasses kit will be available by the end of the month for $699. If you just want the glasses, a kit containing two pairs will sell for $149 (extra glasses will be available for $99 a pop).