In recent years, a new gimmick with games is the move to 3D. NVIDIA calls it 3D Vision while AMD calls it HD3D. Both support the various types of 3D glasses available and the 3D experience is playable. We have red/blue type 3D glasses and NVIDIA supports this type in addition too the other forms. The first game we noticed had a 3D option in the game settings was Thief.

Keep in mind that NVIDIA tries to provide 3D with many games that do not provide it from in-game settings. Its only more recently that games have began to offer menu options. You can see if 3D Vision is active with a message on the bottom right indicating the 3D quality.


This list is from games that have 3D in the game options only.

  • Avatar: The Game
  • Chessmaster 10th Edition supports red/cyan glasses natively
  • Crysis 2
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Doom 3 BFG
  • Limbo (Anaglyph only, hit ctrl+3+d in game to enable)
  • Rollercoaster Rampage
  • Sonic Generations
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2
  • Thief
  • Trackmania 2 : Canyon
  • TrackMania Nations Forever (Anaglyph only)
  • Trine
  • Trine 2


AMD HD3D is a technology designed to enable stereoscopic 3D support in games, movies and/or photos. Additional hardware (e.g. 3D enabled panels, 3D-enabled glasses/emitter, Blu-ray 3D drive) and/or software (e.g. Blu-ray 3D discs, 3D middleware, games) are required for the enablement of stereoscopic 3D. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems – check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.


The GTX 200 series and higher and 3D glasses are needed in addition to a suitable high speed LCD panel. The game is not 3D per se, rather NVIDIA is rendering the models in 3D through the drivers. Game compatibility is mixed and sometimes some in-game settings need to be tweaked. NVIDIA uses an overlay with a string describing compatibility and possibly a change in game settings.

In the early days a lot of 3D research was done using a head mounted display. The ELSA Revelator was available in 1999 which worked with period video cards. NVIDIA had to rewrite the 3D functionality for the new WDDM with Windows Vista.