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In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in driver 344.11, increasing game support and adding some new interface elements. You can get the new driver at www.geforce.com/drivers or via the update option in Geforce Experience. With the release of 344.11, new 3D...
We’re fortunate enough to have another fine 3D video from New Media Film Festival to share with you here on 3DVisionLive—a pop music video from Italy called “The Way,” which you can view here. Even better, New Media Film Festival has provided an interview with one of the co-directors of the video, Edoardo Ballanti, which provides insights on how the video was created and the vision behind it. Enjoy! (Alice Corsi also co-directed the video.) What was the Inspiration behind “...
The Fall Photo Contest received nearly 100 images – thanks to all that entered! The contest called for your best “nature” shots with the only other requirement being that they had to be true stereo images. Submissions ranged from shots of spiders in gardens to artistic approaches to tasteful nudes. As before, members were invited to vote for the winner by tagging images in the contest gallery as favorites. Without further ado, the winner is: Autumn Goodbye to Summer This...
In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in beta driver 337, increasing game support and adding a toggle key to enable/disable the mode. Games with 3D Compatibility Mode will launch in this mode by default. To change the render mode back to standard 3D Vision...
3DVisionLive’s first-ever short-form 3D video contest received 14 entries that showed a great deal of diversity, ranging from video game captures to commercial-style clips to raw captures of pets or people doing cool things (such as bashing each other with swords). During judging we laughed, we cried (okay, maybe not), and we simply scratched our heads…. But seriously: thank-you to all that participated and we hope to see more of your content uploaded to the site for all to...

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Blu-ray players. Streaming boxes. Game consoles. Cable boxes. Incompatible remotes. Blinking lights. Wires everywhere.

You don’t carry around a flip phone, a GPS device, a laptop and a digital camera. Smart apps have turned bags of unmanageable mobile devices into something truly mobile. Yet your living room can still look more like a robot factory floor than a place to relax.

Stay tuned. Smart apps are about to cut the clutter here, too.

At its annual developer conference Thursday, Google described how it’s bringing Android — and its 1.3 million apps and Google-powered cloud services — to your living room with Android TV. Ten days later, industry watchers expect Apple to introduce a new version of Apple TV at its annual developer conference.

The Future Is Already Here

This isn’t the first time that tech giants have tried to reinvent TV. But it is the first time all the pieces have been in place. For one, the content’s already here — Netflix, YouTube and Twitch.tv are thriving on smartphones, PCs and connected streaming boxes.

SHIELD brings the app revolution to your living room. Click here for our full-sized infographic.

So are the apps — with mobile game developers showing how content and community can be bound together in powerful new ways.

The last piece is the power to put all this at your command. That’s NVIDIA SHIELD, Android TV’s flagship device.

The stakes are enormous. The new generation of smart entertainment apps promises to reshape some of the world’s biggest — and most influential — industries. The worldwide pay TV business is worth $257 billion. The TV advertising business is worth $170 billion. Console games generate $26 billion in revenue. And that’s just the start.

Cut the Cord, Connect Your Content

On-demand content is the first killer app. While the number of traditional pay TV users has been flat for years, Netflix has 57 million subscribers, more than double Comcast’s 22 million. Twitch.tv, which broadcasts live streams of video games, now reaches more than 100 million unique users each month. Apps like Tablo now let you watch — and record — broadcast and cable television from any connected device in your home.

SHIELD: The app revolution will now be televised.

With Android, Google has built a foundation of connected software for all these apps. On SHIELD, Android TV’s advanced voice recognition capabilities — already fine-tuned by input from millions of smartphone users — serve up the content you want. No need to fumble with a clumsy on-screen keyboard. Even more futuristic: SHIELD lets users select a character as they’re watching a movie and tap into Google’s servers to instantly call up the actor’s entire body of work. The result: interesting facts, and surprising recommendations.

App(etite) for Disruption

This new generation of connected apps will make possible capabilities that TV fans have dreamed of for years. Apps like Netflix connect to cloud-based servers to serve up content you’ll want to watch, delivering on the promise of personalized content. Hungry for barbecue? Apps will connect you to the same click-for-delivery convenience you’re already enjoying on your tablet.

Mobile games may offer the best case study of what’s coming. Because they’re hard-wired to Android, mobile games already integrate sophisticated online gameplay, in-app purchases and sprawling online communities of fans. The result: mobile games will generate $30 billion in revenues this year, exceeding that from console games for the first time. PC and console developers are moving their biggest hits to Android and iOS.

Power to the People

It’s difficult to keep up with. Consumers replace their sets every seven or eight years. Their capabilities are quickly surpassed by internet-streaming boxes consumers can grab for as little as $49.

SHIELD: This is how you play TV.

Consumers need powerful, media-savvy processors to take advantage of these smart apps. And by 2018, consumers will own more than 100 million ultra-high definition 4K televisions. SHIELD’s 256-core Tegra X1 processor makes it the first set-top box with the power to push apps into this high-def, big-screen world.

What’s Next?

All these trends will speed up as brands follow consumers to connected smartphones, tablets and set-top boxes and their powerful apps. Online TV advertising will more than double its share of total TV advertising revenues to $9.7 billion in 2018 from $3.7 billion last year, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Broadcasters like ABC, CBS, Fox and HBO are distributing content to consumers through iOS and Android apps. So are brands like Red Bull. Stars like Jerry Seinfeld are adapting, too. The comedian worked with Acura to bundle content and branding together for his hit online video series, “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.”

NVIDIA SHIELD puts all this at your command. Better still, it gives developers the power to create killer apps, connecting your TV to new content and new capabilities in surprising ways.

Grab some popcorn. This is going to be fun.

More on SHIELD: What’s On TV? With NVIDIA SHIELD, Whatever You Want … Here’s How | This is How You Play TV: NVIDIA SHIELD Now Available, Ready to Redefine Your TV Experience

 

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What you want to watch, when you want to watch it. Whether you’re cutting the cord to pay TV, diving into the wild world of web video or looking for a way bring great games to your living room, we built NVIDIA SHIELD to give you control.

So what should you check out first? A few highlights.

What’s On TV? Whatever You Want

With SHIELD, you can tap into a sprawling library of 4K Netflix content.

Watching videos with NVIDIA SHIELD is a whole new experience. 4K or HD, you have to see it to believe it. And there are some brand-new TV apps with movies and shows to check out.

  • Netflix 4K Ultra HD — Ultra HD streaming is now available on Netflix, and you can check out popular shows like “House of Cards,” “The Blacklist” and Netflix original series like “Daredevil,” all on NVIDIA SHIELD through your 4K television. 4K content is also available on SHIELD through YouTube 4K.
  • Sling TV — Now you can watch live TV over the internet. Watch ESPN, your favorite shows, breaking news, big games, new movies and more. This app allows you to watch the best live TV instantly on NVIDIA SHIELD.
  • Live Channels Google’s Live Channels app is for watching live TV. Watch your favorite news, sports, movies and TV shows from various channel sources such as built-in tuner, IP-based tuners and more — and show them instantly on NVIDIA SHIELD.1
  • New TV apps on Android TV — Major broadcasters are bringing their video and viewing apps to Android TV, including HBO Now, HBO Go, CBS News, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, FX Now, Fox Now, Fox News, EPIX, WWE, UFC, USA Today, Vimeo, Qello, Vudu and Twitch.
Apps like Sling TV will put SHIELD users in command of their content.

Always Game

Mobile games. Casual games. Adventure games. Family games. Everyone enjoys games now, and there are games for everyone. So no entertainment device is complete without games.

The latest game in the free-wheeling Borderlands franchise is coming to SHIELD.

NVIDIA SHIELD makes a new class of Android games possible. There are over 200 games on Android TV, and almost 20 titles are coming only to SHIELD. Want more? We’ve also just launched our 1080p worldwide GRID game-streaming service. Try out these great new games, only available on your NVIDIA SHIELD:

    • AAA games — Enjoy games like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!,2 the latest role-playing shooter in the critically acclaimed Borderlands series. Or War Thunder, a next-generation massively-multiplayer online (MMO) combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles and fleets.
    • Remastered classics — Dive into Half-Life 2: Episode Two, where you battle mysterious aliens from another dimension. Or gear up for DOOM 3: BFG Edition, developed by id Software — the original team responsible for the classic franchise — featuring an all-new chapter in the DOOM 3 experience with eight heart-pounding single-player levels and a completely new storyline.
    • Indie hits — Love puzzles? Fire up The Talos Principle, a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam games. Or immerse yourself in Never Alone, the first game developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people, where you play as a young Iñupiat girl and an arctic fox as they set out to find the source of the eternal blizzard.
    • Retro-inspired titles — Get your old school gaming fix with Hotline Miami, which combines 2D gaming action and a sophisticated, noir storyline set in 1989 Miami.
    • Family games — JUJU takes you on a journey with a panda, Juju, and his lizard sidekick as they embark upon a dangerous and mystical journey to save Juju’s father and the world from an ancient evil.

Order NVIDIA SHIELD today at http://shield.nvidia.com/, Amazon and Bestbuy.com.

For a limited time, when you purchase either NVIDIA SHIELD or NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, you’ll receive $60 worth of Google Play credit and services.3

More on SHIELD: This is How You Play TV: NVIDIA SHIELD Now Available, Ready to Redefine Your TV Experience | The Battle for Your Living Room Has Begun

1 Live Channels requires the HDHomerun tuner box and antenna.

2 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is planned to release on SHIELD on July 1, 2015. Date is subject to change by the game publisher.

3 Limited time only. Total of $60 in value includes $30 Google Play store credit, along with a 90-day subscription ($30 value) to Google Play Music All Access.

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