Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Ultimate 3D Home Theater PC

The biggest problem with this article by Maximum PC is their suggestion to buy a $95 video card. Friends, there is very little 3D movie and TV content available and you'll probably pay a ton of money for it. Why not spring for a 3D video game PC instead? NVIDIA's 3D Vision will retrofit most of your existing games to 3D. For that you'll need at least a $350 GeForce GTX 470, because 3D mode cuts the framerate in half or worse.

At my place we already have the ultimate budget 3D home theatre system. We got a PJD6531w which is probably the lousiest 3D projector on the market (with e.g. its lower brightness in 120Hz mode), but it cost just $800 (plus over $300 for 2 pairs of glasses including the NVidia 3D kit). Sit 5 feet away from your 100-inch screen, Crank up the field of view of your game to 100 degrees, play around with the "advanced" hotkeys to make objects pop out of the screen, and it's nothing like what you've played before!


At 7/23/2010 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, I had never thought of that before. But why do you sit so close to the screen? I always thought you should view at around 10 to 15 feet away... That ATI video card is awesome though. I've seen it before. To bad its out of the budget.


At 7/23/2010 10:00 AM, Blogger Qwertie said...

Oh no no no! Sitting close to the screen makes it fill your field of vision... a working man's IMAX! If there is no way to increase the field of view (peripheral vision) in the game then yes, we are forced to sit farther from the screen.

Some games' FOV is ridiculously low (e.g. Call of Juarez 2 at 55 degrees) and absolutely unchangable, which either means we play it on a small screen, or throw the game away and give it a lousy review on Or both.


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