Nvidia published a blog post mentioning that support for 3D Vision is being ended with the April Game Ready Drivers. 3D Vision is a technology built by Nvidia based on the concept of Stereoscopic vision. With the Liquid Crystal (LC) shutter glasses working in coordination with the Windows Direct3D API, Nvidia was apparently able to achieve “true 120Hz active 3D” viewing experience for the users. The driver software required for this technology to work aka Stereo driver was available as a standalone download.
“Following the posting of the final driver from Release 418 in April 2019, GeForce Game Ready Drivers will no longer support NVIDIA 3D Vision. The NVIDIA support team will continue to address critical driver issues for 3D Vision in Release 418 through April, 2020. Those looking to utilize 3D Vision can remain on a Release 418 driver. Our software that enables the use of 3D gaming with 3D TVs, 3DTV Play, is now included for free in Release 418. It is no longer available as a standalone download. Our 3D Vision Video Player will continue to be offered as a standalone download, for free, until the end of 2019.”
Nvidia has at last decided to let go of 3D Vision. It doesn’t come as a major surprise though, the whole 3D at home approach seemed to be dead already. A major reason for the fail of 3D TVs could be that for once the technology itself is insanely expensive. Investing in a 3D display and a 3D Blue-ray player isn’t ideal for everyone. And even after shelling out a lot of money, there isn’t much mainstream 3D content for people of all ages.
Even for creators, filming 3D movies is a ton of extra expenditure over 2D filming. When the audience doesn’t spend a lot on the technology, the creators and producers too don’t bother much about it. And thus it has become more of a chicken and egg problem. If you belong to the niche category and are still holding on to 3D Vision, the Release 418 will still support it until April 2020.