Originally Posted by Richard Paul
Here is a link to a thread about this issue
. The short answer is there are already graphic cards on the market that are capable of 1080p60 per eye 3D (such as the AMD Radeon 7700/7800/7900 series) but that currently there are no 3D TVs capable of it.
Interesting link. I read through it and basically what I got out of it was that only select AMD video cards have the capability to generate 1080p/60 3D. I saw some speculation that a NVidia card could and that maybe a monitor *might* be able to display the format. But that leaves out how the data gets from the video card to the monitor without a standard.
In terms of firmware versus chipset, the example of 1080i 3D Side-by-Side is a good lesson. As you may remember there are a number of ways of encoding 3D. One is top-and-bottom, another is side-by-side and another is frame packed. Blu-Ray of course uses 1080p/24 Frame Packed. However, to fit within broadcast space on satellite channels (and some cable), the side-by-side and top-and-bottom are used. It turns out that 720p Side-by-Side is an "optional" format for 3D. Unfortunately ESPN 3D at one time was 720p Side-By-Side on DirecTV.
This meant that some projectors and HDTVs could not display ESPN 3D when it was 720p SbS, even though these TVs were fully 3D compatible (all the manditory formats were covered). You would think that it would be a simple firmware upgrade to fix that issue, but it wasn't because the actual chipsets could not display 720p SbS. Luckily ESPN 3D on DirecTV went to a compatible format and now it works great.
The point of all that is that your entire infrastructure from source to destination (sink) has to be compatible with a signal format for it to work in the digital age. If you throw-in an AVR, then that has to be compatible as well.
So, expecting a pre-existing monitor to be compatible with a format that doesn't actually exist will almost always lead to disappointment. You really have to wait for a standard to be set before you can start looking for truly compatible equipment.