3D Blu-rays Hitting PCs in 2010

Posted Thu Dec 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

With the right monitor and a beefy enough computer, you'll be able to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on your PC thanks to Nvidia 3D Vision.

Nvidia is a company more commonly associated with videogames than with movies. Their graphics cards have been powering PCs for years, and their chips can be found in smartphones, tablets, and even the Playstation 3. Early last year though, they launched a product called 3D Vision that picked up a pretty strong following with the gaming crowd.

3D Vision is a software application that allows games to be played in 3D when coupled with Nvidia's active shutter 3D glasses. Of course, a PC with decent specs and an appropriate video card is required, as well as a 120Hz monitor.

With an update to the software early next year – launching in tandem with the first 120Hz 1080p monitor – 3D Vision users will be able to watch their 3D Blu-ray discs on their PCs. Nvidia has stated that most Blu-ray drives will be compatible, but hasn't released a specific list yet.

Acer will be launching the monitor in early 2010 and is expected to announce a release date and price shortly.

In addition to 3D Blu-ray content, Nvidia is working to incorporate 3D viewing of web based content, photo slideshows, and various non-gaming applications including Google Earth.

Source: Video Business

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