3D Gaming, Without Any Special Hardware!

So, you like 3D action games. Good. Those red-cyan goggles are readily available in a shop nearby. Great! Nintendo3DS is yet to arrive in India. Very Bad. But, I give you a reason to smile. Well, now you don’t need to wait to have your share of 3D. Just get your pair of anaglyph goggles and a fairly powerful system.
There is a 3D-capable monitor manufacturer called iZ3D and their drivers are available for free download here. The console of the driver has an option to turn on anaglyph, which converts all your games to 3D. The driver renders two separate frames, from two slightly different perspectives just like Nvidia offers with '3D Vision Discover', but those drivers limit you to an Nvidia graphics card, and moreover, the latest drivers are not supported on laptops. iZ3D surprisingly runs on any system, and supports both Nvidia and ATI 3D cards.

iZ3D
I said in the beginning that you need a ‘fairly powerful system’. The DirectX shows you each frame with a few other frames pipeline. Now that, every frame is rendered twice, the ‘few other frames’ frames are doubled; there would be a loss of almost 50% performance. Precisely, that means that if your game earlier ran at 30 fps, expect it to run at less than 15 fps or If earlier you played a game at 1600x1200, you can roughly have a similar performance at 800x600 resolution. So, it would use a lot of your system for extreme high end games like Arkham Asylum on rig. But, you will feel blessed on a comparatively lower end game.
Setting up the game to appear in 3D is not a very tough task, in fact it’s very easy. When the game starts, iZ3D's step-by-step wizard starts too. Wait for some rendered graphics (I mean the actual game, don’t poke your nose between menus, NO!) to appear on the screen, and then you can change settings. The separation between the images can be adjusted and you can check using your goggles what settings look best.
The software works flawless, but I am not very much convinced with the 3D thing in the first place. I mean, you play/watch in 3D, unlike 2D the colours are washed off. And, after you have played and you get rid of those goggles, you feel like an alcoholic who just poured 3-4 bottles down his neck. I mean this technique is not the best gaming experience you can have. But it gives you a different experience altogether, something that would fascinate people and you can boast about. And best thing of the bests, it’s free! So, what are you waiting for? Just download, start playing and tell me your experience.
Below is a list of my personal preferences of the large list of games that showcase 'iZ3D at its best', according to the company.
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Assassin's Creed 2
  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Crysis
  • Crysis: Warhead
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Empire Total War
  • Half Life 2
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Need for Speed: Carbon
  • Prince of Persia 2008
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Trine

5 Comments:

Alok K. said...

Impressive. I do have a powerful system with a dedicated graphics card and I do play games. And hence, I know I mean it when I say that I am especially looking forward to playing my favorites like mirror's edge, Assassins creed and Prince of Persia (Of course! :D )and let you know about the 3D experience.
(After I get hands on the 3D goggles :P)

One obvious shortcoming is the fps getting low. I mean, high end games like Crysis already suck the comp. dry, and a jerky gameplay would be the last thing I wud want...

But yes, nice software indeed. Am game to test the new experience.Literally.

Rishabh khanna said...

Hey, quite informative. I'll have to search for the glasses first, though. Any idea where I can find them?
( Would the multiplex 3D glasses work? :D)

I guess my brand new i5 processor with 4GB Ram and dedicated nVidia graphics card would not let me down!

Mohi said...

@Alok Try and let me know soon. Please play PoP2008, Elika will be in 3D this time.. ;)

@Rishabh Yeah, the multiplex one will work, only if they let you carry those with you. :P
Well, You can get it shipped from eBay, it's the most convenient and reliable way.
Dude, your configuration is awesome. Try the software and let me know your experience. :)

Alok K. said...

@ Mohi... ;) Elika in 3D!!!

Okay. How much time does eBay take for the delivery? :P

Mohi said...

Hmm.. it depends on what method of shipping you are using and where do you stay. You can select your shipping method in the Order Details section on the Review Your Item page. Click the "Show all shipping options" link next to the Shipping heading. Up to three different shipping options may be available for each item. The cost and estimated delivery times are displayed for each shipping option.