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Finally got a PC capable of playing games in 3D (using an nvidia card). A few thoughts....first, the good:
On a properly supported game, its simply the most amazing thing I've ever seen. 3D games on console are stuck at low resolution with poor frame rates. The difference between 30 and 60fps in 2D is huge, but 30 and 60 FPS in 3D is indescribable. Everything people hate about 3D is gone, the image is so super clear in motion, you just feel like you're there. I never want to play a game any other way, ever again. On an HDMI 1.4TV you're still limited to 720p if you want 60fps in 3D, but you barely notice the difference (especially with good AA). It's very impressive that they can do a decent job converting 2D games into true stereoscopy (not crap reprojection) purely at the driver level. Performance is similar to running the game in 1080p. Most games aren't perfect, but a little tweaking gets you 95% of the way there. I dig how you have full control not only over depth, but also convergence, so you can choose to have as much pop as you want.
The bad: Its still incredibly fiddly. Haven't played a game yet that worked out of the box without a little tweaking. It helps a great deal that it overlays some instructions on exactly what features to turn off, and what errors to expect, but still annoying that you can never seem to have it all. UIs are a particular problem - the game itself might have great depth, but the UI is stuck on the plane of the screen, and it can lead to some really odd looking stuff. And some games just don't work at all (bioshock infinite included )
The ugly: Nvidia wants $40 (!!!) to enable you to output 3D to a TV. It's a completely artificial barrier. A 3D monitor is free, 3DTV....pay up. It's absolutely outrageous. I just spent $200 on a video card, and you seriously want me to pony up more to remove a completely artificial and arbitrary barrier? Wtf??
Steam/PSN/Xbox Live: Darius510