After a great weekend at Blizzcon, we gave some thought to what parts of the convention people likely appreciated the most. For some, the D3 and WoW announcements probably took the cake. Myself though? GSL. All the way. And by far the most amazing thing about GSL was being able to see the matches in 3D on LG's massive screen near their booth (which was also conveniently placed near the tournament stage).
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As you can see above on our lovely model, Pico, the most obvious difference between LG's 3D technology and conventional 3D is the eyewear. No batteries, no shutters, and they're extremely lightweight and inexpensive (about $25 for two pairs of glasses). The reason for this is LG’s Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology that optimizes the separation of images for the left and right eye, which are then filtered through these simple polarized glasses.
The biggest turnoff for most of us with conventional 3D is dimness and headaches caused by the glasses. We're happy to say that this also wasn't an issue with LG's technology. With none of the flicker that's present in active 3D glasses, and with the Light Boost film on the screens to reduce dimness, it was pretty much like watching regular television (except with huge awesome factor added).
Before Blizzcon weekend, I actually had no idea you could convert 2D content to 3D. LG has gone and achieved this apparent wizardry however - and with some stunning results. There is a function on the D2342P model monitor that when used in conjunction with the software provided at purchase, allows viewers to convert 2D images, films, or games into 3D. This was being used at Blizzcon not only for the various Global Starcraft II League matches going on that weekend, but also on systems in the demo section where we could try out Starcraft II for ourselves in 3D.
It seems like this technology could be the next big thing in the gaming world, and the monitor package is even surprisingly affordable at around $350, dropping to $300 during sales at various retailers. Here's what you get with one of these LG D2342P 3D monitor packages:
LG Cinema 3D Monitor with the specifications below:
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