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NVIDIA 3D Vision:
Most all of us have gone out to the movies and seen one of the new 3D films and enjoyed it. What if you were able to play your favorite games with that type of 3D experience? Well NVIDIA has been working on what they call NVIDIA 3D Vision, what this technology does is actually processes two images and displays them on your screen, one image for your right eye while the other is for your left eye. The monitor and your 3D glasses will work with your GeForce GPU so each of your eye will receive its own image and because each eye is seeing a different image, your brain will perceive it as a 3D image.
What special things are you going to need to be able to convert your PC to a 3D gaming machine? Well you are going to need the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit, which is currently going for $179.99 on Newegg.com. You are also going to need to have a 3D Vision-Ready Display, which has a refresh rate of 120Hz, twice the refresh rate of your typical monitor. You will also need to have a compatible NVIDIA Graphics Card and you need to have either Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed on your PC. It is also recommended by NVIDIA to have at least an Intel Core2Duo or AMD Athlon X2 CPU or higher, 1GB of system memory and 100MB of free disk space. For more information about system requirements, please visit this page.
So ATI has Eyefinity, well NVIDIA has its own version of multi-monitor support called NVIDIA Surround. What can you do with NVIDIA Surround? You are going to be able to expand your display seamlessly across three displays hooked up to your graphics card. You may be wondering why you would rather do this than purchase a large monitor? Well, you are going to be able to get a complete view of the battlefield in real-time strategy games. Maybe you are into MMORPGs, here you are going to be able to manage your inventory windows, quest logs, and track your party all on different screens. That leaves out the games that take on a first person view of the game, here you are going to get your peripheral vision with the expanded display without having to turn your character in the game. Advanced NVIDIA software automatically converts over 425 games to stereoscopic 3D without the need for special game patches, meaning you are not going to be hunting down extra downloads to get your game to work with NVIDIA's Surround once you get your new card setup.
NVIDIA PhysX is a powerful physics engine that enables real-time physics in leading edge PC games. it is widely adopted by over 150 games and is used by more than 10,000 developers. PhysX is optimized for hardware acceleration by massively parallel processors. geForce GPUs with PhysX provide an exponential increase in physics processing power taking gaming physics to the next level.
Physics is the next big thing in gaming; it's all about how objects in your game move, interact, and react to the environment around them. Without physics in many of today's games, objects just don't seem to act the way you'd want or expect them to in real life. currently most of the action is limited to pre-scripted or 'canned' animations triggered by in-game events like a gunshot hitting a wall. With NVIDIA PhysX technology, game worlds literally come to life: walls can be torn down, glass can be shattered, trees bend in the wind, and water flows with body and force. NVIDIA GeForce GPUs with PhysX deliver the computing horsepower necessary to enable true, advanced physics in the next generation of game titles making canned animation effects a thing of the past.
Currently Unreal Engine 3, Gamebryo, Vision, Instinct, Trinigy, Diesel, Unity 3D, Hero, and BigWorld are the game engines that support NVIDIA PhysX technology. EA, THQ, 2K Games, and Sega are some of the big names that have licensed PhysX for their global studios. As an example of what this can do for you take a look at the images below from Batman Arkham Asylum.
These technologies bring added realism to the gaming environment and get us closer to full immersion.