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on October 21, 2012
I have probably wasted 10+ hours of my life getting the 3DVision Emitter driver to install correctly. The installation program is also out of date, because if you are using a 3D projector, it fails to instruct you to also plug in the RS232 cord to the emitter, which is needed for proper use. The installation program needs to be revamped to be more compatible with Windows7 64bit, because for whatever reason, it refuses to install the emitter device drivers correctly. Only after many hours of pulling my hair out and trial and error did I discover that during a certain step in the setup process you have to unplug and replug the emitter quickly in order to complete the installation correctly. Why? I have no idea.

On the other hand... once it actually worked and I witnessed stereographic 3D for the first time... well, it is my new best friend!!! I just watched Avatar 3D on my 90" projection screen using the NVIDIA 3D Vision and a compatible projector and WOW... just WOW! I had no idea 3D tech has come this far!!

My only other complaint is the price. Also, extra sets of glasses are very expensive as well.

UPDATE*** Windows 7 did an update and auto restarted my computer. Guess what? Yep, the 3D emitter isn't working anymore. I cannot enable the 3D now. I am back to my 3D Vision installation woes... been working on it for hours now. SUPER ANNOYING.

UPDATE2** Solved my problems with a registry hack. For those of you having the same issues, change the value to the registry key below from 0 to 1. (key location may differ from OS to OS) This tricks the 3DVision program into skipping the 3D setup, where my problems occur. Works great now!

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\Stereo3D\StereoVisionConfirmed
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on July 13, 2017
I used to play games in 3D back in late 90s/early 2000s when CRT monitors were the only ones capable of 120hz or more. I stopped when CRT monitors died out.

Now that I have a gaming monitor (144hz) I bought this kit to get back into 3D gaming.

Installation was effortless, everything worked out of the box. I didn't even need to install the stuff on the CDs. My current nvidia drivers detected and activated the 3D kit immediately.

I use these almost exclusively with Elite Dangerous and Eurotruck Simulator. These, with TrackIR, makes it almost like VR, except that you're not shut off from the outside world and you see things in 3D plus head-tracking.

Edit 18 July 2017 - I'm impressed at the battery life of the glasses. It lasted almost 1 month (29 days) of use! My usage is usually around 2 to 4 hours a day. Weekends it's more, maybe 6 hours or so.
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on December 3, 2016
My last couple of laptops have had nVidia 3D capability, and I'm moving back to a desktop for my next system, so I wanted to keep that capability.

This is how it works:
1) You have a reasonably new (like in the last five years) nVidia GPU in a desktop PC
2) You have a nVidia 3D compatible monitor (I've heard that it will work with any monitor that does 120Hz or higher, but I've only tested it with monitors that advertise their compatibility with 3D vision-- Acer has a 24 inch 144Hz monitor that's compatible for like $200).
3) You plug this thing in.
4) You go into nVidia Control Panel (right click on the desktop) and enable stereoscopic 3D.

After a very simple setup, you have a 3D PC. That's it.

Do note, however, that I said "desktop PC." Unless your laptop has a 120Hz display, or has the ability to output to an external monitor at 120Hz, this isn't going to work. (The laptop I am replacing is a gaming monster with 3D Vision built in-- but it only works on the laptop's display, I can't output at 120Hz.)

The advertised list of games that this is compatible with is incomplete-- it's been my experience that this works with just about any game that uses 3d acceleration-- even older games and games that aren't first person shooters. If the folks behing Oculus or Vive could figure out how to do the same thing, that technology would be everywhere. Some of the games that I've been able to play with this technology:

Portal 1 & 2
World of Warcraft (Cataclysm, I think)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Starcraft II
Diablo III
Command and Conquer: Generals

I've found that there are two areas where it can go wrong-- the first is that, for some reason, water may not look right in some games. And every once in a while something gets "too close to the viewer" and goes crosseyed. But these are rare; with most games it's flawless.

Another drawback-- the glasses require line of site with the transmitter. This makes sense, as the active shutter technology requires being synced with the PC. But it can be kind of jarring when you scratch your face or turn your head and all of a sudden the glasses turn off. I've seen people unhappy about the amount of light you lose-- basically 50%, but some displays have lightboost when doing 3d, and although mine didn't, my eyes adjusted pretty quickly.

Of course, this also works with 3D Blu Ray (with the right player), as well as any SBS 3D you find online (with nVidia's player). I was collecting 3D Blu Rays for three years before I bought a 3D TV.
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VINE VOICEon November 28, 2012
Despite some poor experiences at 3D movies (bad headaches), I've been very surprised with the quality of nVidia's 3D gaming--so much so that I took the plunge and bought this set of glasses and emitter. The difference is that the movie theater uses a 'passive 3D' system where polarized lenses fool the eyes into seeing a double-image, just out of phase, and the effect is a trick of the eyes. This nVidia 3DVision system is 'active 3D': each lens of the glasses flickers back and forth at a rate faster than the eye can see, to cause the brain to see left/right perspectives of the doubled screen image in a way that creates the illusion of 3D. The glasses have a power button and battery, can be charged with the supplied USB cable and then used wirelessly, and rely on a small IR emitter that you set on your desktop within line-of-sight of the glasses. The emitter plugs into your computer through USB and has a 'sync' cable to keep the monitor's signal in sync with the glasses.

I've been told this "version 2" of the glasses is better at reducing ghosting and more comfortable than the older nVidia glasses: I can vouch for the fact that 3 hours wearing these isn't so bad, but I also think the human eye doesn't really like sessions much longer than that. In the meantime, 3D gaming with the nVidia 3D Vision 2 Wireless Glasses kit is downright amazing. The level of support varies depending on the game, but the best way to describe it to you is to imagine that your monitor goes from being a window into another being a box in which all the toylike characters look like you could practically reach into the screen and pick them up. In really good games like Guild Wars 2, things appear to float out towards you, from stray arrows and magic bolts to fluttering leaves and bits of pollen. Looking down the gunsights in Battlefield 3 is downright vivid.

3D Vision isn't just an always on/always off technology though: while it's easy to flip it on and off with Ctrl + T, it's also something nVidia gives you the ability to adjust on demand. When I play Black Mesa, that's an older FPS and I dial down the depth effect by holding Ctrl + F3 until it looks comfortable. With Bioshock, the crosshair is hard to peg (Bioshock will add a red reticle to help you) and I have to adjust to where the reticle is centered. Guild Wars 2 and EverQuest II let me turn the settings up: I hold Ctrl + F4 until I'm happy with the look. Every time I launch a game, I get a colored overlay that tells me the level of quality and gives a hint of the effects, such as "some objects may render at the wrong depth". The Secret World has a bit of a scaling problem where objects change size a bit when you get closer to them. If a game doesn't support 3D or requires different settings, you'll get this same information too, such as "set resolution to 1280 x 720 @ 60Hz or 1920 x 1080 @ 24Hz to enable 3D". Ctrl + Alt + Insert toggles any pop-up information on and off at any time.

I never thought I'd say this, but 3D gaming is tons of fun, and a lot easier on the eyes than I'd expected. You still don't want to do it for many hours at a time, but being able to turn it on and off with a keypress means you'll easily find it to be a comfortable and fun experience.

NOTE: If you have a 3D HDTV that is compatible with 3DVision, then this bundle is not necessary. I now have a Vizio 3D HDTV that lets me use the passive glasses that came with the TV instead of these active shutter glasses (which I now use for my laptop). I did have to purchase nVidia's 3DPlay software to do this, but for a 3D HDTV, the software makes a cheaper alternative to the glasses that works just as well. You can find out more about this in the link I have added to the Comments section of this review.
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on March 15, 2018
I was unsure about this product ,my monitor supports 3D vision so i give it a try.NVidia done an awesome job with this,great quality product.I think these are the best 3D glasses.
No problem ,no need to install nothing,worked outside the box!

The only issue which is actually isn’t the product issue is that you almost get mothing for it.
No games really optimized for this technology. Starcraft II has some support but not fully optimized,i had some UI issues with it “it hurts your brain”,but it was AMAZING!!!You feel like you’re inside there.
Didn’t try 3D movirs but those should be great to.
Now that we have VR i don’t think we gonna have more softwares for it to enjoy,but good stuff overall.

I recommand at least 24” monitor for it,bogger is better.
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on March 5, 2018
This is good, but it's very picky about what games it works flawlessly on. You can use it on just about everything, but you find that some stuff doesn't really work like it should or you can't see certain things. I'd agree with most everyone that it's pretty useless for die hard gaming, but it does add a bit of "Wow" factor to some games where you can deal with the issues.
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on August 14, 2014
The only 3D I've seen so far is in the short slide-show of stills from games that are presented after first setting up 3D in nVidia's Control Panel. It's amazingly real. I don't have any 3D movies yet, and I haven't been able to find any Youtube 3D videos that work. I did view a few moments of 2D to 3D conversion in one of my DVD movies. Not so good, really. It was just a sort of layering effect where near-by objects seemed like they were on a top layer, near-midrange objects seemed on a middle layer, and everything else was on a back layer. It was nothing like the slide show I mentioned above. Not very good in resolution, either.
But I do trust that a 3D blu ray movie would be spectacular, and a 3D game probably ominous.

I'm only giving it 4 stars, though, because it's very painful to wear over glasses, and I'm so nearsighted, I have no choice. The pain develops quickly where the 3D glasses push on the arms of my glasses against the sides of my head and around my ears. I might try some added padding of some sort next time. But it will probably distract from any real enjoyment.
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on December 18, 2014
So I got the kit and plugged it in and went about setting it up. Right off the bat the setup has errors. The glasses never charged fully so I had to leave them plugged in. Ended up having to kill the error process and get them installed guerilla style. Once installed I was initially impressed but found that even on the games that looked good with 3d the crosshair was HUGELY double visioned and all but useless. After only 5 minutes it started to give me a headache which I ignored out of the initial excitement. every game I tried was less and less impressive and had some issues be it shadows not properly 3d unless turned to lowest settings or whatever. You can turn the depth down to get a more focused crosshair but when you do it makes the thing into a crappy popout book with barely a few centimeters between layers. nothing really looked like it was in the background. nothing really popped out at me. The only game I was really impressed by was Just Cause 2 and it suffered from the aforementioned crosshair problem which became so split when you turned the depth to "fun" levels that it was a joke to even have one.

In a last effort to salvage the experience i tried watching guardians of the galaxy in 3d. the background didnt even stand out and was so double visioned compared to the foreground characters that it was like there was no background at all.

As I mentioned the battery didn't charge and it's possible that I had a defective unit but the experience was so disappointing that I don't even care to find out by getting another one. All in all a crappy gimmick with no staying power and no quality assurance. Not worth the money. I would rather drop $350 on an Oculus Rift which I hear is AMAZING than to bother trying this POS again.

0/5 stars!!!
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on January 4, 2015
I've owned the original NVIDIA 3D Vision for a few years with an ASUS monitor that supports it, and I've always been impressed at the depth of the graphics. It's like playing all your favorite games all over again for the first time, and now you're *inside* the game. I have always been a huge fan of stereoscopic media, even back when I was a small child and they had those stereoscopic Viewmaster reels. (Anyone feel old now?)

In it's second design, the NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 glasses feel *much* more comfortable. Additionally, they made changes so you have a larger field of view, and the design of the LED-STROBE lenses have been altered so *more* light is available. This means that the images are much brighter than the first version of the VISION glasses, and you won't have to turn up the brightness and gamma in your games anymore. They have also improved the sync between the glasses and the transmitter, so you won't see nearly as much ghosting (double-vision) in games and movies. The system is backwards compatible, so I can have a friend or two over and let them use the old glasses I had so everyone in the room can enjoy the 3D depth, and everything still works fine.

You must pay attention when installing the drivers. Under your NVIDIA control panel, ensure that you have the option for stereoscopic / 3D Vision. If that option is present, then the correct drivers are already installed, and you can just plug the transmitter right in to an available USB port and, when the drivers are all set, select "NVIDIA 3D Vision" as your 3D option. Otherwise, I would uninstall your NVIDIA drivers, *DO NOT REBOOT*, use "Ccleaner" to clean your registry, download the *latest* drivers for your graphics card, install them, reboot, and *THEN* plug in the transmitter. Otherwise, you're gonna have a bad time.

You *MUST* have a compatible NVIDIA graphics card and capable 120Hz monitor to fully enjoy 3D Vision. Once everything is set, happy gaming. My current setup is a Geforce GTX 980 with an ASUS Rog Swift 27" monitor, and its a 3D DREAM. I *do* have two GTX 980's, and 3D vision is *wonky* with SLI support. This may or may not be addressed, NVIDIA has been lax on 3D Vision support as of late.

One more thing: It's not always included, but if you want to watch 3D movies, you'll need NVIDIA's 3D Video player. Just google it.
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on April 4, 2017
Great for movie watching on my PC, and AWESOME for pc gaming when in the mood for 3D.

Pros: VERY Comfortable, hours upon hours without any digging in side effects other glasses can have. Very clear and bright with the right monitor and settings. Easy to setup.

Cons: Price for what all you get. Not knocking an egg here as they are still one of the only ones making them aside a few others, so they are still in demand which puts price up there.
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