NVIDIA's been talking for quite some time now about extending its 3D Vision eco-system beyond the PC or notebook display, and it would seem that this very important feature is finally out, as the GPU manufacturer has officially outed the 3DTV Play software, that allows any compatible NVIDIA GeForce GPU-powered system to be connected to a HDMI 1.4 3D HDTV, enabling users to view 3D photos and videos, and play nearly 500 games in 3D environments.
The solution supports industry-standard HDMI 1.4 3D HDTVs and compatible 3D glasses from all major TV manufacturers, and runs on Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs.
With the addition of compatible playback software and A/V receivers, NVIDIA Fermi architecture-based GeForce GPUs users can experience HD 24-bit multi-channel audio at up to 192 KHz, or lossless DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio bit streaming.
"3D Games, video and photos on a big screen 3D HDTV is an amazing experience," said Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision at NVIDIA.
"GeForce PCs with 3DTV Play software enable users to play nearly 500 games on a 3D TV.
That's far more than any other platform," concluded NVIDIAs' rep.
There are three ways to get the new software from NVIDIA, the first being by far the fastest and easiest.
So, the NVIDIA 3DTV Play software is available as a free upgrade for all 3D Vision PCs via the latest Release 260 GeForce drivers for desktop GPUs, and Release 260 Verde Notebooks drivers for notebook GPUs, which you can easily download from Softpedia.
Moreover, the NVIDIA 3DTV Play software is bundled on preconfigured PCs and notebooks, incluing here select Dell XPS notebook models, and home theater PC (HTPCs) models from ASRock and Zotac.
NVIDIA 3DTV Play software will also be bundled with a variety of new computer systems that will be announced in the coming months.
Last, but certainly not least, if none of the aforementioned solutions applies to your case, you should know that the software will also be available for purchase in November 2010 as an upgrade for existing PCs that include an NVIDIA GeForce GPU and Microsoft Windows 7.