The sales message is clear: buy NEC's new Valuestar N VN790/BS 3D all-in-one, freshly launched in Japan, and get a gobful of whale. Initially promised last month - though a little earlier than expected - the 20-inch desktop has a 1,600 x 900 2D/3D capable display, Blu-ray drive and a CPU from Intel's mobile line-up.
There's no doubt that getting hardware shown off, in any capacity, is something we look forward to. Especially if it's an early sneak peek of something we're still a ways out of getting any official look at. For example, the ASRock Vision 3D HTPC, which is sitting over in Taipei right now just waiting to get unveiled at this year's Computex. And, oddly enough, it's actually pretty good.
NVIDIA have announced their first Fermi-based GPU intended for notebooks, in the shape of the GeForce GTX 480M. Described as "DirectX 11 done right for notebooks", the GTX 480M has a dedicated Tessellation engine that apparently boosts performance 5x over that of competing mobile GPUs, and three times more CUDA cores than the previous generation of chips.
NEC Japan have announced their plans to have a 3D all-in-one desktop computer on the market by the end of the year. The unnamed PC - specifications of which are currently unknown - was announced alongside a range of slightly less exciting netbooks and notebooks with integrated digital TV tuners.
ASUS are busy planning a follow-up to their first 3D gaming notebook, the G51J-3D, according to the latest mumblings from market sources in Taipei. DigiTimes reckons CMI, Samsung Electronics and LG Display are all competing to provide ASUS with a 17-inch 3D-capable LCD display for the so-far unnamed machine, which they reckon is due to arrive later on this year.
NVIDIA have announced a new string to their 3D bow, in the shape of NVIDIA 3DTV Play, a way to hook up GeForce-based notebooks and PCs to HDTVs for full 3D video and gaming. A new software app - that works with any GeForce GPU-using machine with either DVI or HDMI connectivity - 3DTV Play supports 1080p24, 720p60 and 720p50 3D formats and will work both with active-shutter TV glasses and passive polarized glasses.
As well as full HD Blu-ray 3D playback, the system offers streaming 3D video support and the ability to convert over 400 games titles from 2D into 3D, in real-time, with no patches or extra software.
We are at the precipice of a 3D content explosion in the tech world today. I am sure there are lots of gamers and movie fans out there who have wished for years that quality 3D content could be had in the home. I know I have since I played all those junky 3D games that came with red and blue lens glasses as a kid. We are finally ready to get quality 3D games and films and Acer has a new LCD for computer users that is ready to show you that 3D content.
It comes as no great surprise, given our unboxing video and hands-on with the new PMP is already live, but Microsoft have officially announced the Zune HD. As well as reconfirming the specs we've already heard - NVIDIA Tegra processor, 720p HD playback, OLED multitouch touchscreen and either 16GB or 32GB of storage - Microsoft have also revealed that yes, the Zune HD will play 3D games such as Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition and Audiosurf Tilt together with getting Twitter and Facebook clients later in 2009.
More and more movies are being released into theaters in 3D these days, which is no doubt impressive, but wouldn't it be nice to have this technology at home? That's what Sonic thinks as they begin development of a 3D home movie delivery system.
In an effort to get this project off the ground, Sonic is working with NVIDIA and others to bring GeForce 3D Vision to their Roxio CinemaNow player.
Compatible displays include the ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm and the Samsung 2233RZ. The movies will be shown in 1080p and can be shown on anything device that's 3D-ready including projectors. There's no word on any potential release date or cost, but we'll keep you posted.
After rumors back in April that HP were planning to launch a 3D laptop courtesy of NVIDIA's GeForce 3D technology, now comes word that Acer are planning their own 3D rival. According to Campbell Kan, VP of Acer's mobile computing business unit, the 15.6-inch Aspire 3D laptop will arrive at the end of October 2009, and require stereoscopic glasses in order for the 3D effect to be viewed.