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3D effect for games on normal televisions

Autor: Siobhan Hayes
03/15/2010, 09:12 CET

French games developer Darkworks has presented the TriOviz for Games SDK" in the context of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). This developer tool promises the option to provide console and PC games with real 3D effects, even on normal 2D displays. Users only need passive 3D glasses to see this effect.

The technology does not need much computational power and therefore, the user needs no extra hardware. In the development process in turn, the necessary additional step is easy to integrate according to Darkworks. Thus, the company promises games publishers the option to create an even more captivating games experience without much additional effort.

With the TriOviz for Games SDK, Darkworks uses the 3D graphics information that exist in modern games in order to bring about an improved sensation of depth perception. This is a post-process, which can easily be integrated into the production and supports "both popular and proprietary" games engines. The time required for integration is several days to a week.

With TriOviz, it is also not necessary to render several frames as with other 3D approaches. Thus, normal hardware together with the glasses is sufficient for the user to create more depth sensitivity on normal TV sets or computer screens and thereby have a three-dimensional gaming experience. Darkworks is demonstrating its technology within the context of the GDC. Particularly given how inexpensive this solution is, it is very convincing, reports Engadget. Here, it is remarkable how clear the images are even for viewers without glasses.

Batman takes on additional depth with TriOviz. (Photo: Square Enix)

The company’s ability or inability to enthuse large publishers will undoubtedly be crucial for the success of TriOviz for Games. An initial title has already been established. At the start of March, Square Enix announced that "Batman: Arkham Asylum" will appear in a Game of the Year Edition, which also uses the 3D technology for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Since Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009 could win much praise from gamers and critics alike and is a true surprise success of the year, this is certainly a big first step for Darkworks. According to the company, further titles with the TriOviz-3D technology should follow early in the year. (

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