NVIDIA has just announced there newest product NVIDIA 3DTV Play, a software solution that allows consumers to connect their GeForce GPU-powered desktop or laptop to any new 3D TV. Now many of you have probably been hearing the trouble going on when NVIDIA was faced with a certified standard for 3D and not having any GPUs that were able to meet it. Currently, the NVIDIA 3D Vision-compatible cards dish out the necessary pixels over DisplayPort or dual DVI plugs while the official specification for 3D TVs is an HDMI 1.4 plug which accepts data from both plugs simultaneously.
The good news is that all of NVIDIA's cards upgrade to HDMI 1.4 no problem and every 3D Vision customer will receive the upgrade for free later this spring. 3DTV Play allows you to connect any compatible NVIDIA GeForce GPU-powered PC or notebook to 3D TVs. NVIDIA 3DTV Play can be run on GeForce GPU-based computers that have an HDMI or DVI connector, comes with full support for all HDMI 1.4-compatible 3D TVs, has advanced NVIDIA software and graphics drivers which automatically converts over 400 games to stereoscopic 3D in real time, allows you to enjoy full HD Blu-ray 3D playback with real-time GPU accelerated decoding and playback on GeForce GPUs, watch streaming 3D movies and directly view 3D photos.
Senior Vice President of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company Bob Perry said in a statement, "NVIDIA is a premiere choice for gamers, and 3DTV Play delivers an easy way for them to game on the big screen, for the ultimate, immersive experience. We are pleased that NVIDIA shares our commitment to providing awesome technology to savvy customers, and we are happy to offer NVIDIA the opportunity to highlight their 3D solution as part of our nationwide road show." The roadshow mentioned, of course, is Panasonic's coast-to-coast 2010 "Panasonic Touch the Future Tour". NVIDIA will be showcasing their new 3DTV Play as Panasonic shows off their VIERA Full HD 3D TVs which launched this month.
They way this is looking you are probably thinking that the only way to get the 3DTV Play is by having all of NVIDIA's 3D Vision stuff. However, NVIDIA is going to be nice and offer this product in a standalone version for $40. This allows you to use the stereoscopic 3D glasses that come with your 3D TV. NVIDIA has all the high points of the HDMI 1.4 under control with 1080p24, 720p60 (considered the official specs for gaming) and 720p50. The cards themselves will also support 3D Blu-ray so it looks like you got everything you need. If you have ever wanted to throw down some sick 3D PC gaming on your giant living room flat screen then your wish is about to come true.
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