By Mark Kaelin
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
Update: We have resolved Mark's issues with the Vista Drivers. It turned out to be the Anti-virus software "AVG" that was not allowing our drivers to run properly. Last I heard from Mark, everything was working fine. I will let him fill you in on how it works.
How well does it work the monocular user? I have a heck of a time getting those 3D classes to work right in movies and such. (hehe.. ok, I thought that was funny. Maybe the other readers down an eye will see the humour.)
3-D Gaming and Vista? I have worked with both in over 10 games, Vista has serious performance issues, and whether the IZ3D has Vista drivers or not, if being used in true Gaming?....I wouldn't worry about the Vista drivers. XP has 6 years left of support, and I would stick with that irregardless of how cool it looks. My 2 cents.
come on stop teasing us and let us know if it works or not! i check this post every day hoping for an update. i want to know how well it works and if WoW looks good on it.
What's with the STUPID comment about this being some kind of projection system with a small LCD and the image projected onto a screen?? Come on - get a tech guy to look at the hardware, not some incompetent who is writing a review specifically for the purpose of slamming a piece of hardware without actually bothering to test it. This entire review was totally unprofessional!
I have tested Dungeons and Dragons Online with Vista and was very unpleased with the incredible reduction in performance. Tested Oblivion, Counter Strike Source, Neverwinter Nights 2, STALKER, Battlefield 2142 and about 7 others and 90% of them had significant performance reduction compared to XP Pro. I have removed the hard drive and have placed it on the desk until some major improvements to vista are made. And if nothing is done...oh well, XP will be supported for 6 more years by Microsoft. And another Microsoft OS is scheduled for release in 09. Hope it gets off to a better start than vista.
First I have to agree with Tryten, who cares if it's Vista compatible. Most games take to much of a performance hit in Vista and true gamers out there won't use it. I find it interesting that the only people who really talk about this subject are the gamers and everyone else seems to look the other way. Ahhhhh well, it's Microsoft so what are you going to do. OH, and about the monitor, why the article at all? I think another poster mentioned it must be a slow news day. Personally I think eye fatigue would become a big issue with a monitor like this but I suppose I would have to try it myself.
Of course gaming on Vista is slower than XP but it does look better w/ games running DirectX10. I rather have quality. My rig can play Bioshock at 1920x1200, DirectX10 on Vista and doesn't drop below 30 FPS that often. Just every once in a while I can TELL that game is running slow. Anything over 40 FPS looks fluid to me. I am not losing anything by having 40 FPS instead of 50 FPS for example.
I find it a little confusing that in one of the pictures, the box said that the monitor was fully compatible with Halo 2, the PC release of which is a Windows Vista only game, and yet the monitor turned out to be incompatible (at least for now) with that operating system. It kind of makes me wonder if they really tested that game, or some of the other games the list boasts with their monitor. Goes to show you can't trust what you read on packaging I suppose.
No Offence but from what you have shown its just a monitor with some crappy free glasses. Couldnt you find an XP box just to at least prove its functionality? if not why bother running the article or is this a slow news day so to speak?
The guy said he stumbled upon a 3D monitor, not like he was looking into it for months just to review. This report was meant to bring forth the jolly good news of telling gamers, "Hey! I came across a 3D monitor!". This site isn't CNN, why bash the guy on his article...
I thank you for your comments, but I think you missed a critical point. The only PC in this office capable of running games is the Alienware Area-51 7500 we received for review a few months ago. It runs Windows Vista and I told the people at iZ3D about that fact ahead of time. They expected the drivers to work just fine but they didn't. They have been working very hard to get the monitor working with this Vista machine sense then. Another thing you missed, is that this is not a full review, this is just a preliminary report on what we have found so far. There is more to come.
Back off the guy. At least he's writing stuff that is interesting to read. BTW, the very first thing I noticed was "Worlds" was spelled wrong on the box... it lacked an apostophe to make it possessive.
Why would any self-professed gamer be running Vista on a top of the line PC when every bit of tech data so far shows that Vista is slower than XP for all applications that aren't re-written specifically for Vista? And... As was already mentioned, why "Test" a product specifically against a known incompatibility just so you can slam it. This review is very bad journalism - as a former journalist the word that immediately comes to mind is UNPROFESSIONAL Saying the monitor doesn't have Vista drivers is a perfectly valid point, but "testing" it ONLY on a Vista machine is a farce... And an insult to Tech Republic subscribers.
If you check the list of supported games at their site, they only list Halo, not Halo 2. Someone make a typo?
Hi All, To clarify about Vista and Halo2 support, iZ3D drivers support Vista, it has been tested in several configurations in our offices, and works flawlessely. However, not all configurations were tested, and seems that Mark's config was one of them. Vista has not been around for such a long time for extensive testing first, and no serious gamers migrated to Vista yet. As you all well know there are number of issues with Vista including performance issues, and since our target market is gaming, we have to follow their preferences. Until more gamers will migrate to Vista, XP will be priority, however that does not mean we are not continuing testing iZ3D drivers with other configurations. We are working with Mark to make sure that the drivers run on his Alienware. About Halo2: it works with iz3D drivers in our office on several configurations. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Best Regards, David