27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
We recently purchased an LG 55LM7600 TV, which has LG's passive 3D technology. This is our first 3D TV. The LG representative that happened to be at the store the day that we bought the TV told us about these glasses. Considering that we are gamers, we were highly interested in trying these out.
The first thing you need to understand about these glasses is that they are different than the standard 3D glasses used with LG 3D TVs. These are specifically designed to be used with the Dual Play feature, not 3D. You will NOT be able to use your regular 3D glasses for Dual Play, nor can you use these glasses for 3D content.
The purpose of these glasses is to allow you to use Dual Play, LG's branding for a gaming-only feature on their 3D TVs. Basically, Dual Play allows you to take what would normally be a split screen multiplayer gaming session (two players only), and each play with a full screen. One pair of glasses allows you to see player one's screen, while the other pair allows you to see player two's screen.
We used these glasses while gaming on an Xbox 360, although they do work with other video game consoles. As of now, we've tested two different games with these glasses: Halo 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops 2. We had very different experiences with each game.
Halo 4 split screen was an "okay" experience with Dual Play. Halo 4 is not designed specifically for Dual Play, much like most games on the market. With that said, in order to successfully use the Dual Play feature, we had to wait until the split screen actually showed up on the TV to turn on Dual Play. Turning on Dual Play for Halo 4 simply involved turning 3D on for the TV, using the vertical split option (one screen on top, the other on the bottom). Once we did this, the Dual Play glasses allowed us to each see our own screen in full screen mode. However, because the game is not specifically designed for this feature, the full screen image was not perfectly scaled. There is a little bit of vertical stretch to the image. It's not a huge deal, but the picky gamer might not like this. The casual gamer in our family barely noticed the distortion. Once the game ended, we had to turn off 3D on the TV in order to see the game menus again. Otherwise, the picture is not displayed correctly. The picture is actually in an unusable state when in the menus.
Black Ops 2 was a different experience, in a much better way. Black Ops 2 is specifically designed for Dual Play (and 3D, although both cannot be used at the same time). Turning Dual Play on for Black Ops 2 was a different process. We had to turn on Dual Play in the actual game menus. Then we had to put the TV into 3D mode, using the vertical split option again. Once Dual Play is on and the TV is in 3D mode, the glasses can be used in the game menus as well as during the actual game. When the game starts, the real difference becomes apparent. Since Black Ops 2 is specifically designed for Dual Play, the full screen Dual Play images are not stretched. In fact, they are displayed at perfect full screen scale. It is a much better experience for both players. Although the casual gamer barely noticed the distortion in Halo 4, they were able to determine that there was a better picture in Black Ops 2 when running true Dual Play. The TV was able to remain in 3D mode until Dual Play was turned off in the game menus, or until we exited the game completely and went to the Xbox 360 Dashboard.
Overall, Dual Play was an enjoyable experience, even in Halo 4. There is a slight bit of "ghosting" which allows faint outlines from the other screen to be visible through your set of Dual Play glasses. However, the ghosted images were barely noticeable during gameplay. The ghosting is mostly visible when your screen images are dark, or against solid backgrounds. Furthermore, once you start playing the game, you lose track of the ghosted image as you become involved in your screen and gameplay experience.
We expect this feature to become more prominent in new game releases moving forward. That is, we expect more games to have full support for Dual Play, much like Black Ops 2. Hopefully this happens, as Dual Play is a more enjoyable experience in the game designed specifically to support it. As of right now, we are not aware of any other games that specifically support Dual Play, but I welcome anyone to research it and provide a more definitive answer.
There is no need to buy multiple sets, as you can only use Dual Play with two players (it's actually in the name if you think about it... "Dual" Play). Buying a second set will only allow spectators to watch as two players play the game.
There are "do-it-yourself" guides out there that teach you how to make these glasses using the parts from any polarized passive 3D glasses. However, we would not recommend this. The quality of these glasses is great, and the price is very reasonable. The lenses for regular 3D glasses are shaped specifically for each side, so making your own involves cutting the lenses. Doing this might throw off the alignment of the lenses, which is VERY important for polarized 3D/Dual Play glasses. Don't believe me? Tilt your head sideways while watching 3D content and watch the image become distorted.
All in all, these glasses are fairly cheap, and provide a great feature for gamers. If you have an LG 3D TV and are a gamer, these are a must-own product.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
So these are at a good price and are pretty nice glasses for gaming (thus the 4 star), but if you have bought a LG 3d tv and want to play games splitscreen but don't want to shell out the cash, here's how.
Simply pry open the regular glasses that came with your TV from the top. There is a lining you can probably see. Once you pop out the edges by the hinges, then you can pull out the flimsy lens part. Just do this to a left eye and then a right on another pair. Switch those 2 lenses you just removed to the other glasses and snap the plastic back together. Done. You now have 2 pairs of Gaming glasses.
Lots of companies will try to get you to pay $10-30 for a pair or 2 or 4 of these when you can make them if you have a couple extra pairs you aren't using. Mine came with 4 pairs, so I have 2 pairs for 3D viewing and 2 pairs for gaming. Just use fingernail polish or a permanent marker to mark the Gaming ones so you don't get them mixed up.
That said, these are a pretty decent deal and if I could not have done the above fix (or if I just didn't have more than 2 pairs) then I would have bought these.
Hope this review helps people.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
So to not get to wordy or nerdy on how everything works..im just going to tell you the two functions of these glasses. On normal passive 3d glasses each lens picks up a different picture which creates the 3d depth. So not only are these glasses great for video games and playing against one another..but there also great for a party of people where some people dont like the 3d effect. Maybe there sensitve to motion or something, so when there's a group of us watching a 3d movie, some people can wear these glasses and they can see the image clearly...just without 3d, which helps 3d movies be more friendly to non-3d movie lovers.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2012
On an LG 55LM7600 there is some ghosting from the other player's screen, particularly when there are high contrast edges, like hardight in a dark room. I don't know if there are games that support this mode explicitly, but Portal 2 only has split screen modes, so the TV must stretch those half screens out to fill the whole screen. As a result, things end up a little distorted: for side-by-side mode, things will look wider than they should; for top-bottom mode things look tall and skinny.
Still, it's a pretty compelling experience. Portal 2 local co-op mode plays more like remote co-op: you can't just look at the other player's view, so you have to talk more and use the in-game pointing tools.
One thing I forgot: one pair lets you play, but then nobody can watch. I ordered another pair to support spectators.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
If you have a game that is written to work with dual play these glasses work really well. Although there is a little cross talk between screens, it doesn't affect game play. For those games not specifically written for dual play the graphics can be slightly distorted, but again this does not really affect game play. The major reason I bought these is to keep my son from screen watching when playing against me on Modern Warfare. It gives him a huge advantage since he has the maps memorized. These glasses definitely leveled the playing field. I even won a couple matches.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
Purchased these for my son and all his gameing buddies, They loved the 3D tv and wanted to try the Gameing glasses in dual play. There responce has been an overwhelming HELL YAH !!! Now if I just had enough food to feed all those Teen aged kids.