While it might really feel like a bit of a slobbering love fest when it comes to 3D Vision, not everything is perfect and before we wrap it all up in saying how wonderful it is, let's just mention some of the cons.
For starters, with 3D Vision enabled your games become a fair bit darker. What you will probably need to do is up the contrast on the screen. Also, in my peripheral vision my notebook could be seen and when 3D Vision turned on, that screen would begin to flicker when my email was being shown or something else that's text heavy. If I dropped back to the desktop or the screen saver came on, the issue was gone.
The main elephant in the room is of course the performance. While you're only gaming at 1680 x 1050, you don't want a card that can only handle that resolution. Because the card is doing twice the work, the resolution is equivalent to something that would sit between 1920 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600. So while you might think that 3D Vision might be a good option for you and your GTS 250, you might want to think twice. In saying that, though, new NVIDIA cards are coming which are going to give a good upgrade path, be it if you're looking for something new, or something second hand.
The final negative that is worth mentioning would have to be that when you're in 3D Vision you go from a 120Hz display to what is essentially a 60Hz one. For so many people this isn't going to be a problem, but if you bought the FuHzion monitor because of the massive refresh rate and you wanted that extra smoothness, you're not going to get it. In saying that, though, I've been on 60Hz LCDs for years now and I have no issue with them. You do kind of realize what you're missing out on, though, when you fire up a first person shooter at 120Hz on this bad boy.
Now for all the good. You know there's not a whole lot more that I can say that hasn't already been said throughout the article. For so many games the inclusion of 3D is just simply awesome with some games finding a whole new experience being offered.
The other thing is while you might not like NVIDIAs "Way it's meant to be played" program, it's this same program that's going to advance 3D Vision into more and more games over the coming years. Unless you're an ATI fanboy, there's really no reason not to like the program. It's just unfortunate that ATI don't seem to have the same resources as NVIDIA when it comes to helping companies with game development.
The price on the setup is going to be a bit hit and miss for people; the 120Hz screens have come down in price and you don't feel like you're getting something second rate so you can use 3D Vision. It's the opposite, really, with you getting something that's much better than many other displays in the same category.
Gaming support is also something that is fantastic. While I knew what 3D Vision was, how it worked and all that other stuff, I wasn't sure how game support would go. But to look at a game like Civilization IV that is going on five years and supports this technology in such a great way, you know NVIDIA have really put a lot of effort into this device.
The biggest downfall for me personally as someone who isn't a major gamer would be the fact that I'm currently limited to displays that are only offering 1680 x 1050. As someone who cherishes desktop real estate, it kills my productivity in many ways and while I did this entire review on this 22" VX2268wm monitor, ranging from editing photos to doing graphs, it's been a long time since I had to full screen something that wasn't a game.
If you're looking for a new monitor, check out the VX2268wm from ViewSonic, it's nothing short of amazing. Grab yourself a 3D Vision kit, albeit second hand or new, and take it for a spin and see what you think. Worst case scenario, you could get rid of 3D Vision for hopefully only a small loss and still own one of the best 22" monitors on the market.
While not for hardcore multiplayer gamers, 3D Vision is an excellent option for casual to heavy casual gamers that enjoy a good single player game, but feel it's time to kick it up a notch. While not perfect in some games, there's many that look fantastic and NVIDIA continue to add more and more to the list as the months go on.
While I can't tell you to really buy it or not to buy it due to the simple fact that the effects and the experience you get from 3D Vision is very personal, I like to think that I've at least broadened your knowledge on how the device is running these days on some of the hottest games around. I personally love it and think it's a major step forward in 3D gaming and I think that many people out there will have the same experience. In saying that, though, we understand that people still get eye strain or headaches from the technology and unfortunately that might not be something you discover till you try it. I found myself fortunate enough not to run into any of these problems and just enjoy 3D Vision for everything it was, is, and will continue to be in the future.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The 3D Vision Kit]
- Page 3 [The 3D Vision Kit - Continued]
- Page 4 [The ViewSonic FuHzion VX2268wm]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Install Ease]
- Page 6 [3D Vision Experience - Sims 3]
- Page 7 [3D Vision Experience - World of Warcraft]
- Page 8 [3D Vision Experience - Red Alert 3]
- Page 9 [3D Vision Experience - Far Cry 2]
- Page 10 [3D Vision Experience - Mirrors Edge]
- Page 11 [3D Vision Experience - Darkest of Days]
- Page 12 [3D Vision Experience - Batman: Arkham Asylum]
- Page 13 [3D Vision Experience - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 14 [3D Vision Experience - Sid Meier's Civilization IV]
- Page 15 [3D Vision Experience - Dirt II Demo]
- Page 16 [3D Vision Experience - Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo]
- Page 17 [3D Vision Experience - James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Demo]
- Page 18 [Benchmarks: The Performance Hit]
- Page 19 [Final Thoughts]