Help Me Choose: NVIDIA 3D Vision

NVIDIA 3D Vision Active Shutter Glasses

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ glasses let you play over 500 games in 3D, watch Blu-ray 3D movies, and stream 3D videos and photos from

Experiencing 3D on your PC starts with a processor inside your PC called the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). NVIDIA® GPUs are called GeForce® GPUs.

The primary function of the GPU is to render and display images on your PC monitor. In the case of 3D PCs, a GeForce GPU is specially programed to render and display two images, one for your left eye and one for your right eye. The monitor and 3D glasses work with the GeForce GPU, so each eye receives its own image. Because each of your eyes receives a separate image, your brain perceives 3D. 
Active Shutter Glasses Technology
NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ PCs work with cutting-edge LCDs and panels that feature true 120Hz LCD technology to deliver a full-resolution 3D experience with active shutter glasses technology. With this method, the left and the right eye images are presented on alternating frames, but since these screens are capable of 120Hz, each eye still sees a full 60Hz signal that is equivalent to the refresh rate on LCD monitors today. 3D Vision PCs support laptop displays and desktop LCD monitors with resolutions of 1680x1050 and 1920x1080. This offers a number of advantages including:
  • Full resolution per eye: In 3D mode, each eye receives the full resolution of the display for the highest possible image quality for text and objects.
  • Wide Viewing angle for 3D: Because full images are presented on alternating frames, there are no restrictions on the viewing angle in 3D mode. Users are free to move their heads vertically or horizontally within the full viewing angle of the display without losing the 3D effect or suffering increased ghosting. With such experience of comfortable viewing users can enjoy continuous gaming or movie watching.
  • Great 2D Operation: If you decide to switch back to 2D at any time, 3D Vision PCs support a 120Hz refresh rate designed to reduce ghosting and blur that may occur during motion on PCs that have 60Hz displays.
  • Personalized fit: Designed and built by NVIDIA, the high-tech active shutter glasses have top-of-the-line optics; include adjustable nose pieces; and are modeled after modern sunglasses.
Automatic Detection and Dynamic 3D Adjustment
Once you get 3D Vision compatible hardware and content, experiencing 3D is quick and easy. When you launch a certified game, it will automatically run in 3D. Since the 3D effect is driven by the GeForce GPU, you can increase/decrease the 3D depth or toggle it on/off in real time.
A Complete Ecosystem of Certified Hardware and Content
There is a huge ecosystem of products that directly supports NVIDIA 3D Vision. To help simplify this for consumers, NVIDIA developed the 3D Vision-Ready program that identifies components and content as being ready or purposely built for the 3D Vision PC. Only certified products carry the NVIDIA 3D Vision-ready badge.
  • 3D Vision-ready Components: includes monitors, graphics cards, cameras and other hardware certified to work seamlessly with NVIDIA 3D Vision.
  • 3D Vision-ready Content: built specifically using guidance from NVIDIA’s The-Way-It’s-Meant-To-Be-Played program. For instance, games that carry the badge ensure menus, heads-up-displays, scenery, and cut scenes rendered in flawless 3D.