With the recent announcement that massively successful game Batman, Arkham Asylum which sold over 2 million copies in the first three weeks after releasing on consoles, is going to offer a 3D option in a Game of the Year Edition to be released March 26th (only available in Europe, Asia, and Australia), I decided to did a little deeper. What is this “Trioviz 3D” option? It sounds a lot like stone-age anaglyph (red/green cardboard glasses), but on the Trioviz website they have a fancy skull with the text, “say no to anaglyph”….
So what’s the story? If Trioviz works with regular TV’s, and isn’t anaglyph, what is it, and how does it work?
Apart from the log and “say no to anaglyph” skull, the actual website gives very little away, apart from saying that Trioviz 3D is a patented 3D process that uses the Z buffer information of your game of film to create more depth and volume in a scene”.
OK, that sounds like Nvidia’s 3D vision system, which uses the inherent Z-axis information to present a 3D image… but the Nvidia solution also uses screens which refresh at over 120Hz and send sequential frame information to alternate eyes, using active-shutter glasses. How does Trioviz use the same z-axis information to create a 3D effect without the rest of the Nvidia system?
Interestingly, the trioviz.com homepage asks you to email them, or visit games.trioviz.com. When you get to the sub-domain, they say to email them. Like I said, not a lot of information. BUT, if you search Google for Trioviz, you find other pages from their site, including /aboutus.html which says that the new system uses magenta and green filters.
Ahh, now I think I get it. It’s like anaglyph.
As Wikipedia say, “Anaglyph images are used to provide a stereoscopic 3D effect, when viewed with 2 color glasses (each lens a chromatically opposite color, usually red and cyan).” So, does magenta and green count? What do you think?