Nvidia announces 3D TV hook-up

Nvidia has launched a software application which will allows its range of GeForce GPUs to drive the next generation 3D capable television sets.

3DTV Play will be available later this spring for around $40 and will allows PCs equipped with Nvidia graphics chips to feed three-dimensional images to suitably-equipped TVs using the 'shuttered glasses' method.

If you've been walking around with your hands over your face for the last six months, shuttered eye 3D is where images are fed separately to each eye using bulky battery-powered glasses which effectively open and close your left and right eyes sequentially, tricking your brain into thinking you're seeing a single 3D image.

Nvidia has hooked up with top telly maker Panasonic and is currently planning a tour of the USA starting in about a month's time where you'll be able to stand behind a six-deep rabble of snot-nosed kids wondering what the hell is going on.

The software will run on any desktop or notebook PC toting a GeForce GPU and an HDMI or DVI connector.

You will, unfortunately, have to fork out for an HDMI 1.4-compatible TV capable of dealing with the 1080p24, 720p60, or 720p50 3D formats.

The software will be compatible with all future 3D game releases, Blu-ray 3D (with additional video software from Corel, CyberLink, ArcSoft, or Roxio), 3D broadcasts and 3D photos.

Early-adopting Nvidia 3D Vision customers will get the software for nowt once it's released.