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Microsoft approves Nvidia 3D Vision Surround

Nvidia's highly exclusive 3D Vision Surround technology has finally escaped from the Beta dungeon, as Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) has just given it the thumbs up.

If you're lucky enough to own three compatible monitors, not to mention a 3D Vision kit and at least two compatible graphics cards, then you can download the latest driver without having to go through the Beta entrance. You can pick up the 64-bit version for Windows 7 and Vista from here, or the 32-bit version from here.

Originally launched at the end of last month via the 258.69 Beta driver, 3D Vision Surround enables gamers to spread their games across three monitors with a stereoscopic 3D effect. You can view the full list of compatible hardware here.

As well as enabling 3D Vision Surround, the 258.96 driver also brings the first wave of WHQL-certified support for Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 460 GPU, as well as its line of GeForce GTX 400M-series mobile GPUs. As far as we can see, the WHQL driver is essentially the same as the preview driver released last week, except it's now had the official nod from Microsoft.

The driver also updates the PhysX software to version to on CUDA-enabled graphics chips, and Nvidia says it will be the last driver to support its Hybrid Power technology.

For more information, have a thumb through the release notes.