I've heard H3D just replaced the
GL-Quake patch with a newer bug-fixed version.
Does anyone have experiences with shutterglasses and the new Rendition
V2x00 chips yet? The V1000 wasn't capable of interlace and page-flipping
was limited. It also seem to have problems in transforming an interleaved
image into two page-flipped images, as required for 3D-BIOS-compatibility
mode in LCD-BIOS or in DOS-Quake. Please contact
thoughts on the homebrew voltage question.
and VRSurfer pages opened, but they're
Descent to Undermountain from Interplay
should be out for month now. Doesn't anyone own this game? Please contact
Up to now, nobody seems to get anything useful
out of the "stereo" shell commands in Quake
2. Looks like we have to wait for the
Screenshots added to the announced
All hopeful stereo contenders on the announced
games page are now marked by a Red
X. No X,
no hope. (Not much at least.)
There are stereo-functions in the 'out of
the box' version of Quake2! The shell commands are: cl_stereo and cl_stereo_separation.
(Thanks to Armand W. Bastien of Computers
and More - worldwide VR Gear distributor.)
Shutterglasses again: Maxim-Eyes 3D PC by
"The Paragon Quest Ltd."
They use the usual Max-style glasses and an external box. The system is
compatible to Linux, DOS and all Win versions including NT. Paragon is
also preparing HyPerception, a stereo3D movie player, for presentation
on E3 in May, 98. It might complement Nuvision's
upcoming Handy-Cam adapter.
* * FROHE
* * *
I got second thoughts on the voltage of some
homebrew circuits. Please read my warning.
I set up a chart
for H3D-Quake shell commands. Please fill
in the gaps!
Does anyone have experience with 3D-Max and
the Tseng ET6000 chip? It's officially supported by 3D-BIOS 3.0beta, but
I've heard of problems. Please report.
page updated! There seems to be a new version of BoyQuake for hi-res. There're
also so called "patches" for ZAR and Madspace.
The ZAR "patch" contains a little executable which might "patch" something.
(I haven't tested this since my version of ZAR seems to be the wrong one.)
The Madspace "patch" only contains LCD-BIOS and a batch-file. I can't see
any patch here. It's possible that Woobo modified the LCD-BIOS files
for each game, since they differ in size. The split-screen problem on my
device brings Pseudo-3D to the PC. Please refer to my earlier comments
on Pseudo-3D for television.
works on the Canopus Total 3D.
The stereo orientation might be reversed. Try negative values of H3D_PSEP
in the shell! (Thanks to Alexander
Kirk for testing.)
Cyberspace , specialist in location based VR-entertainment, is
looking for programmers for a 1/2 million $$$ Quake VR dream project. They're
located in Hawaii. Read the original message here.
On his Colorogram
page Florian (you might know him from his homebrew shutterglasses controller
tips n' tricks) describes a way to produce Stereo-Holographic-Images using
a humble color ink printer and transparencies. No glasses required. NO
pseudo-3D alert! This stuff is for real! The technique reminds me of the
way a monitor-tube creates a color image using a raster-mask. Very clever.
The images are viewed with a strong light source behind (!) them, should
look cool. Hi-Res Demo pics available!
Hot-Games and Technology
pages updated. (No new software titles though.)
The Heaven and the
Hell of H3D - preliminary info
to calm down about this H3D stuff in the last 20 or so hours, but wasn't
able to. My heart rate, blood pressure, adrenaline and stuff still skyrockets.
So what's the story? I got some more mail from H3D
and Brightland and see clearer
got a H3D-system yet, but I will hopefully soon. Therefore what
I have to say is preliminary, but I just can't
hold my horses now. After I got it I'll put up a dedicated H3D page with
the real facts.
in my (preliminary) opinion the H3D is an absolute wonderful, revolutionary
product and a disappointment at the same time.
of all the H3D got a VGA-pass-through controller which syncs to anything
(very good, but we saw that in other products before) and in addition a
built in Sync-Doubler.
This helps VGA-chipsets which doesn't support either page-flipping or interlace
of this unique (in the consumer market) feature the H3D is AFAIK the only
consumer 3D-shutterglasses system which work for 3DFX Voodoo Graphics add-on
boards (Voodoo2 and Rush do support page-flipping and will not need this).
theory the H3D controller would be able to run almost any Stereo3D-software
imaginable. It would run almost all titles you find on my software lists,
including almost everything on the Games-Hotlist.
H3D decided otherwise. They decided to abandon all existing Stereo3D-software
and allow the H3D controller to activate the glasses only in case "H3D-Certified"
software is started. There is a "line pattern" shortly displayed at program
startup which tells the controller to activate the glasses, it tells the
left/right orientation and what stereo mode (page-flipped, sync doubled
or other) is to be used. The H3D controller has, as far as I know, no buttons
or software tools for on/off (force3D), stereo-mode-select or stereo-reverse.
prevents H3D to run old interleaved, old split screen, old page-flipped,
HMD, LCD-BIOS or 3D-BIOS software, in other words any software which existed
before the H3D.
doesn't seem to prevent other VGA-pass-through devices to run H3D software
however, as long as Sync Doubling isn't required.
wants to maintain a high quality standard for 3D software. Only new, tested,
flawless, hassle free stereo-software-titles, which are pleasing to the
eyes, are allowed to run on the H3D hardware, to secure the good reputation
of the product.
was some damage done by other products in the past, which led to bad press
and to resentments in the software industry against Stereo3D.
H3D-certified software the system will run perfectly on ANY graphics-hardware
- that's the revolution!!! It will be incredibly easy to setup and
will give the user a perfect 3D-experience from the first minute (some
-not all- of the older systems were a bit tricky here). The H3D will be
available in the shops all over the world, no more searching the web for
those rare mail-order items. They might have real strong distribution (through
Electronic Arts) and advertising - that's the second revolution!!!
And for the first time there is real hope for strong hi-class consumer
software support. The team-up of H3D with id-software and Electronic Arts
is an incredible achievement - that's the third revolution!!! And
I'm quite certain the H3D glasses itself will be the lightest, most comfortable
wireless glasses, with some of the best optical quality ever - that
would be the fourth revolution - but that remains to be seen in a hands-on
test. And last but not least, the price ist right. (Those
are my words, no marketing stuff, the H3D guys said nothing close to this.)
the H3D is a wonderful dream OR a nightmare, that's just a matter of perspective.
the real freaks and hackers and the lovers of classic software (like Duke3D,
Magic Carpet, MDK, Nascar, Hi-Octane, Whiplash, Terminal Velocity, Descent
1+2 and more...) among us it's a bit
sad, because we were incredibly close to the PERFECT system. And this perfect
system seems to really exist! It exists in the shape of the H3D-developer-version.
This developer box got buttons and can do anything. It's the best of both
worlds. The consumer version can do anything too, but H3D seems to have
done something to it which I would describe as crippling.
certain there will be pattern-hacks for older software titles, just like
the Quake-White-Line-Code hack. I also believe there will be people (I
already know their names <G>) who will open the consumer H3D-controller-box
and try to find out how to equip it with force3D-, mode-select- and stereo-reverse
buttons to gear it up for LCD-BIOS, 3D-BIOS, split screen (i.e. Duke3D,
prof. software, etc.... ) and whatever stuff you like (guess were you'll
find the links to the circuits <g>).
future of 3D looks brighter than ever now, maybe just not as bright as
I hoped for.
I'd like to thank the H3D and
the Brightland teams for their
H3D - THEY BLEW IT
message of today:
>>>He (John of Brightland Corp.) also told
me that "A lined pattern enables and disables each mode type. This pattern
only goes up briefly, when stereo is to be enabled/disabled, then goes
reminds me a bit of the dreadful white line code of the Stereographics
which gives me the gripes.
happens if the pattern isn't there? Is there a manual override for the
Victor of H3D: >>>No
starting pattern... No stereo...<<<
very much hope and expect that the H3D syncs to any page-flipping or interlace
screen and is compatible to almost any earlier LCD-BIOS and 3D-BIOS software,
i.e. Descent 2, Magic Carpet, Nascar....and the rest of the bunch. (Complete
list on my webpage.)<<<
Victor of H3D: >>>Should
work if you can hack in the pattern... The developer box has buttons
I was right afterall. The
H3D controller is a SYNC DOUBLER device, it
supports page-flipping and supposedly interlace format as well. This gives
H3D unprecedented soft- and hardware compatibility in the consumer market.
(Correct me if there's another consumer product featuring sync-doubling.)
Thanks to John Schultz of Brightland
Corp. for confirmation. Here's a part of the original message:
H3D has a hardware sync doubler as an optional method of supporting stereo
hardware that does not have page flipping (included in the $99 price).
and GLQuakeII will support 3Dfx sync-doubled on Voodoo cards, and
and line doubled (very high quality) on Voodoo Rush cards. Once
releases their OpenGL drivers, the V2200 should be able to do page-flipped,
stereo. Permedia2 based cards should also be able to support page-flipped
stereo (but not
We hear the Riva128 can also do page-flipped, but have not seen this."
Jörg Fischer and Michael Bosch did a
nice new rendering of the homebrew VGA-pass-through-controller,
complete with part-list and game-compatibility list. Visit
their page. Do a favor to your poor ole glasses and surprise them with
a new shiny controller this christmas.
Got the first bunch of 3D-photos from my new
Loreo-Stereo-camera. This baby needs
lots and lots of light, even with a 400 ASA Kodak film. Don't expect this
baby to work on rainy days. The close-up shots using the built-in flash
are better than I thought.
The H3D-GL-Quake version (patch
now available) shows a nice standard page-flipping image. That's a deadly
blow to my wild theories of yesterday. H3D-GL-Quake should work on any
VGA-pass-through controlled device (not on the SimulEyes/miro of course).
I was assured again by H3D that their
ship very soon. Let's see who gets the glasses first. I hope I'm on top
of the list. Have fun and someone tell
me about the V-version please. Still don't know what driver is required
for the DOS-version!!! (Thanks to Denis
for the GL-testing.)
I sent "urgent" mail to H3D, Brightland and
some other people, but I still don't know exactly what "animal" H3D really
is. The tech specs on the H3D page are inconclusive. I should have cleared
this up month ago, but I thought I know what the H3D controller does and
has put up a Quake II page. The H3D GL-Q2 patch link is inactive though.
This is slightly off-topic, but Quake
II is on sale in Germany. Uncut, uncensored.
The voluntary ratings board (an organisation constituted by the gaming
industry itself), whose rating led to the nonsense reports of "Q2 banned
in germany" has no power. It is unwilling and unable to ban anything. Sometimes
in 1998 the "Bundesprüfstelle" (that's the real authority in charge)
will wake up and will most likely put Quake2 on the index. From that day
on the game will get an adult status, comparable to a XXX-rated movie.
This status forbids public advertising and the sale to minors. That's why
the heavy advertising takes place now <g>! BUT, it will not be
banned and it will not vanish from the german shops. It will vanish visually,
but not physically. The only title I know of which is really banned in
germany is "Wolfenstein". There are some more, but I don't know their names
(mainly cheap, dumb NAZI and rasist stuff, who needs that anyway?).
only one problem. Due to the no-advertising policy for "indexed" games
companies suffer an economical damage. Hardware manufacturers are not able
to bundle titles like Quake 1/2. For products like H3D eyewear, with a
whole marketing strategy based on Quake, this is an obstacle. They have
to change marketing, bundling, packaging, everything.
don't think it's that unfair though. Why treat violence better than sex?
Or have you seen advertising for porn on broadcast TV, or in magazines
for kids in any country of the world?
I installed the official
H3D Dos-Quake patch...
and ... it produces a nice split screen image (that's not unusual), no
page-flipping, no interlace (that's also O.K. since I didn't loaded a TSR
for that) ... and there's a strange up/down calibration screen, which doesn't
make any sense to me... wait a moment... wait a moment... does this mean
.... Ohhhhhh myyyyyyyy goooooooshh...
does this mean the H3Deee controller is in fact a (PROFESSIONAL) SYNC DOUBLER
DEVICE????? For 99 bucks????? AAAAHHH! Well I don't know. I can't
tell because I don't know if there's any driver software for the H3D. H3D-Quake
is reminiscent of the CrystalEyes mode of Duke3D.
the past I wondered why the H3D controller box is so big and why it works
with 3DFX Voodoo. If H3D really is a Sync Doubler that means H3D-software
and patches will not work on ANY OTHER consumer shutterglasses (not without
a little modification/driver). It means H3D would work with ANY graphics
hardware and in ANY OS-environment, there would be no VGA-compatibility
issues and no drivers whatsoever!!! BUT, I guess that the H3D controller
can do all the page-flipping and interlace stuff of the other glasses too.
Well, I might be wrong with my whole theory
here to find out what Sync Doubling is all about.
Official H3D GL-, V- and DOS-Quake patches
OUT !!!!! Get 'em at H3D.
Funny, the Announced
Games List is getting longer and longer, but I couldn't add a game
to the Hotlist in ages. It seems those
"announcements" are just wishful thinking. Nothing happens in the real
is working on some wireless glasses.
On the APEC,
Taiwan page you'll find the stereo-photo manager PhotoEZ 1.1 and some
windows driver software for the VR97 (VGA-pass-through). You can try the
drivers with your VGA and monitor before you buy any glasses. The highest
refresh rate the driver allows is 120 Hz (interlaced). They could have
gone higher, but they just stopped there. What are they afraid of? The
monitor catching fire? The driver supports common chipsets (S3, Tseng,
etc...) and seems to have no problems with any resolution or color depth.
no hotkey so it's a bit tricky to get full-screen windows software to work.
(Read my comment on the Quake page).
their own Quake patch for the Cyberboy (serial port): BOYQUAKE. (I don't
know how long it's up there already.) It's supposed to work with Quake
Shareware 1.06, since it contains the Quake 1.08 executable.
Specs of the Cyberstuff Cyber3DVisor added
to the Shutterglasses page. Cyberstuff
provided me with some additional infos.
New Shutterglasses & New company in town! Cyber3DVisor from Cyberstuff.
The Cyber3DVisor features stereo headphones and seems to be wired. I guess
the Visor is based on a VGA-pass-through controller. Cyberstuff
also offers a Stereoscopic Home Interior Design software called CyberDesigner.
(Thanks to Martin for the hint.)
Controller Comparison Chart
added to Driver & Tech page.
Uhhh - that's gonna hurt.
website updated! Stereo OpenGL and Rendition demos available (general gfx
demos, no Quake).
I've heard the H3D eyewear should
start shipping now. Remember that the H3D will become a mail order item
first and will be available in shops later.
added a Game List
to their website. The titles are Quake (including all id Software approved
mission packs), Quake II
(GL Version), Malice (Quake Total Conversion), X-Men (Quake Total Conversion),
NHL98, Nuclear Strike, US Navy Fighters, Triple Play Baseball, Mario Andretti
H3D promises support for Voodoo 2. The
same source indicates that Quake 2 retail will support H3D out of the box.
Check the Operation 3DFX news of Dec.
7. (Thanks to Marc.)
The Kasan, Korea web-address changed from
"pcvr.kasan.co.kr" to www.kasan.co.kr.
It seems they removed the 3D-Max section. The FTP server is also unreachable.
What's left is a 3D-Max
download page. It contains 3D-BIOS 3.0beta and 3D-Image for DOS 2.60.
Kasan still produces the glasses, but seems to leave marketing and support
to the distributors, especially Kasan, Sweden.
German 3D-TV-Set. Remember the C-3D
and 3DTV-Magician "Pseudo-3D-TV"
boxes? A german TV-manufacturer (located in Bayreuth) integrated the technology
into a luxury TV-Set. The "TMP/S3R Live-Eyes-3D-TV-Set" got a large 82cm
screen, digital technology for what I call "Pseudo-3D", a Shutterglasses-IR-emitter
and all the features you expect from a top of the line TV. The glasses?
Kasan 3D-Max wireless!!! The advantage
compared to external digital-boxes for standard TV-sets? The increased
refresh rate of 100 Hz (PAL)! The price? DM 9000,- = $ 5000. I think there
are alternate uses for that amount of dough. (Source: DM
magazine 12/97, page 98.)
Cool, german authorities already "indexed" 57 Internet-Websites (porn and
stuff) this year. Great! Just 99.999.943 to go !!! Smart
people those german officials. They know how to spent tax-payers money.
I'm proud. Maybe I should try to get this site on the german index. I guess
the hit-count would sky-rocket <g>. My chances aren't bad, because on
one of my pages I said the forbidden word: "Wolfenst....". BTW they put
17 computer games on the index too. (Indexed doesn't neccessarily mean
You got to read the CGW
Magazine article about Stereo3D-Devices. They cover Shutterglasses
as well as Polarization Screens and talk about professional applications.
There's also a nice Gamecenter
Review of the VRSurfer.
Nov. 26: SciTech
Display Doctor 6.0 released. The documentation
contains some info on hardware stereo support.
Nov. 25: Got my Loreo
Stereo Cam today.
Nov. 23: There's another product
which claims to be able to get Stereo3D out of any normal video signal.
The Ideatech IT-328 3DTV
Magician. Well, stereoscopy is like resolution or color all about information.
A normal movie or TV broadcast doesn't contain this information, apart
from maybe a bit of time-parallax in moving objects. Needless to say, that
this nonsense makes me sick. As usual the system can be used to watch real
stereoscopic video material, but you might get this ability cheaper somewhere
else. (Thanks to Ignatius
Lam for the hint.)
Nov. 23: Here are two interesting
book titles, thanks to Benoit Olivier
"Virtual reality creations",
The Waite Group; contains the layout for a (the) serial shutterglasses
"Steps into virtual reality"
by John Fovine , Mc graw Hill, ISBN-0-07-911906-9, contains a VGA shutterglasses
Nov. 21: H3D
teamed up with Electronic Arts, the entertainment
software world market leader. That means worldwide distribution and software,
software, software... Read
the press release. (Thanks to Marc
for the hint.)
Nov. 20: Added several Shutterglasses
to the comparison chart. Mainly
3DTV products. I could have done
this a long time ago. I didn't because the 3DTV webpages and vast collection
of products confused me. They still do. Go there and tell me you're not
confused. Some products not discussed on the pages appear in the price
list and vice versa. Some products got no or a bad photo. I tried to integrate
their products into the scheme. I had to split up the comparison
chart in the process.
Nov. 20: According to Björns
presented the stereo capabilities of the Thriller (VESA-DIN3 port) at Comdex.
Don't know what software they used, though.
Nov. 19: The adress of the Virtual
Vernisage has changed.
Nov. 18: Stereo
Screen Format Table with graphical examples added to the Driver &
Nov. 17: SciTech
Display Doctor 6.0 including support for VESA-3 and "for 3D
stereo glasses to reduce flickering" coming
Nov. 17: SciTech
MGL 4.0 graphics library for developers released.
Free of charge, with full source code. Features include VESA-3 and
"transparent support for stereo glasses".
Nov. 17: Loreo Stereo Camera
added to the German page.
Nov. 17: Remember the Dynovisor?
Philips now offers this product of
Retinal Displays on the US
market. They call it Scuba. For $ 299 you
get: no stereo, no headtracking and no connection
to your PC, unless you got a "TV-out" jack. (Philips says there
might be a headtracking add-on in the future.)
there and laugh (or cry) at some press and consumer comments.
Philips has even put up
a game list. For what? There is no stereo,
no headtracking, nothing. There are NO compatibility issues. Any video
game works. It's just a low-res, 2D, strap-on, portable TV-monitor. But,
hey, maybe it's a real good low-res, 2D, strap-on, portable monitor.
Nov. 17: I just received the
new PEARL catalogue. Here are some news.
PC/Video version for DM 498,80 (=$ 285), i-glasses
Video version DM 348,- (=$ 200). Pearl
is talking about 3D-simulation for standard TV/Video sources - Pseudo-3D-Alert
- bring in the tar and feathers!
It seems Pearl bought all
remainders of the german i-glasses packages. They're also offering spare
The Shattered Steel version
Pearl offers for DM 19,80 is a
15 level OEM version opposed to the real 50 level retail version.
It's presented in their full-retail-product line however - bring
more tar, more feathers... .
Hi-Octane is available separately
now for DM 18.80.
VFX-1 is still priced at
DM 888,80 (= $ 500).
3D-Max isn't listed anymore.
Nov. 15: Added a new line to
the shutterglasses comparison chart:
"Stereo Reverse Button". Quite important feature. Usually the Stereo Reverse
can be done by software, but with a real button in hardware you're
on the save side. The SimulEyes don't need it, because the White Line Code
takes care of that. This is AFAIK the only advantage of the WLC, but in
case the WLC is set wrong (reversed) you're in trouble.
Nov. 14: H3D
webpage extensively updated !!!. There's a download section now prepared
for free V-, GL-, DOS- and Win-Holographic-Quake
patches. The patches are not up yet, but it seems they will be sooner
Nov. 14: It's clear now that
the APEC VR97 shutterglasses
controller synchronizes to any video signal. Thus it should be compatible
to almost any page-flipping or interlace stereo software.
Nov. 14: HMD
and Shutterglasses comparison charts
slightly modified for your comfort. A 1024er resolution or higher is still
Nov. 14: The host of the Virtual
Vernisage just announced a new stereo page: The
Nov. 14: I've heard the DSystems
GLadiator board will arrive in a bussiness edition first, with no additional
connectors appart from the VGA-out. The consumer edition complete with
all video and stereo connectors is scheduled for February '98. Oh Dear,
the stereo-enabled Hercules Thriller might be 3 month old by then. Yeah,
the Germans got a little slow lately (for the last 50 years).
Nov. 13: I added some game announcements
from the APEC pages to the announcement
page. Not very believable though.
Nov. 13: I received a few complaints
about ET6000 and the 3D-BIOS v3.0beta driver which is supposed to support
this chipset. Please report your experiences with 3D-Max and ET6000. Thanks.
Nov. 13: The APEC
VR97 shutterglasses are available now. They use a VGA-dongle controller
and synchronize to any interlace mode screen. Problem is to get into interlace.
There are (windows only?) drivers for ati mach 64, cirrus 5446, s3
virge, et6000 and some others. Other chipsets work too if you manage to
get them into interlace. Usually this isn't possible for lower resolutions.
I don't know yet if the controller synchronizes to a page-flipping screen
too. Thanks to Denis Bolic
for the info.
Nov. 13: My link to the "Quake
1.0x to 1.08"- patch lead to an inofficial, inlegitimate patch file. I
was told this weeks ago, I just forgot to change the link. Get the new
official patch directly from id.
Nov. 13: Would some gifted programmer
please write a LCD-BIOS to VESA-3 tweak? Don "Mr. LCD-BIOS" Sawdai
has no time left and I'm just to stupid. Well, neither of us has got his
hands on a VESA-3 card yet, which is another obstacle. BTW, Don puts all
his time into the "Big Daddy" - SDDI.
If he does a good job there most of the compatibility issues should vanish
Nov. 13: There is hope among
some people, even people in the industry, that the official H3D Stereo
Quake versions (especially V-Quake) will be available as patches
as soon as H3D delivers it's hardwae. I'm sceptical about this. One is
certain: H3D has an exclusive contract for Quake1. According to John Romero
Daikatana will also support H3D only. That's no problem as long as the
stereo version is available for everybody. As long as there is ANY stereo
mode it can be used for a variety of devices.
Nov. 13: Thomas Schuhmann updated
his "Do it yourself - LCD controller" page. He included some photos. Get
Nov. 13: I've received some
hints that id is actually working on a stereo mode for Quake2 right NOW.