Clearly not satisfied with taking on Nvidia’s PhysX technology with an open standards project, AMD has now revealed that it’s planning to take on Nvidia’s 3D Vision system with its Open Stereo 3D Initiative.
As with 3D Vision, the Open Stereo 3D Initiative promises to create the 3D illusion via shutter glasses and TFT panels with a very high refresh rate. AMD says that it’s already working with companies such as Samsung, LG and CMO on both active and passive shutter glasses, and Samsung and CMO will also be providing compatible panels with a 120Hz refresh rate.
ATI also has its own spin on stereoscopic gaming, by promising to spread the 3D effect over multiple monitors via ATI’s EyeFinity technology. However, it’s worth noting that Nvidia has already demonstrated that it can do this via 3D Vision Surround as well.
According to AMD, the idea behind the Open Stereo 3D Initiative is to “work with ecosystem partners to enable multiple solutions” and to “encourage co-operation and standards development with industry-wide participation.” If you run that through the marketing guff translator, then you’re basically looking at a system in which multiple hardware makers and software developers can add stereoscopic 3D support, but without being tied to Nvidia’s technology.
In terms of games, AMD says that the technology will support DirectX 9, 10 and 11, as well as quad-buffered OpenGL. On top of this, ATI says that there will also be support for Blu-Ray 3D. The company also promises that 3D laptops will be available.
We’d imagine that this is the same system that will be used by MSI’s forthcoming 3D all-in-one PC. Back in February, MSI told us that the 3D PC would use a Radeon HD 5730 GPU and a CMO panel, and this now makes perfect sense following the announcement of the Open Stereo 3D Initiative at GDC.
Via 3D Vision Blog.