How To Play Your Games In ‘Real’ 3D (Windows)

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play games 3dEvery gamer must’ve imagined it at one time or another – putting on a helmet and suit, and being in the game.  WYSIWYG-gaming. Everything really happening. Everything truly being done by you. You’ll even experience real pain when being hit or shot.

Unfortunately we haven’t progressed that far yet. We’re steadily moving in the right direction and sooner or later we’ll get there, mark my words. I can only hope my (then) ‘old bones’ will allow me to use it when the moment has arrived.

But the time isn’t there yet, and so we just have to work with the things we have. There are a lot of great things out there if you know where to look that can approach this virtual reality gaming pretty good. We’ve got the NOVINT Falcon controller, electric shock inhibitors, and of course the great graphics of the current-gen games.

Stereoscopic Gaming

Another one of those great things is the GeForce 3D Vision. This program – that runs on Windows and NVIDIA GPUs – will allow you to play your games in 3D.

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Not just the common 3D that we encounter in all games nowadays, mind. Do you remember those goofy 3D goggles with one eye blue/green and one eye red? Yeah, that 3D.

What Anaglyphs Are

For those of you who have never heard before of the concept of anaglyphs or stereoscopical vision, I’ll briefly explain it. If your interest is peaked, you can always Google for more information on this subject.

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Anaglyphs are 3D situations (defined by height, width and depth) that are put into a 2D picture (defined by height and width). They are made by merging two slightly different points of view into one image, using two superimposed color layers.

Without, they only give you headaches, but if you view these anaglyphs through anaglyph filters (a.k.a. “goofy goggles”), each eye will see only one of those layers. The brain then decodes these two separate images – like it’s doing all day long – into the 3D vision that we all know.

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How To Set Up Anaglyphic Gaming

We are going to use GeForce 3D Vision, an NVIDIA application. You’ll need Windows and an NVIDIA graphical processing unit (8000 series, or later).

There are also various ATI GPUs that support stereographic gaming by default. You can search for these on Google.

The supported operating systems are Windows XP (limited to 32bit) and Windows Vista (supported by both the 32bit and the 64bit version).

1. Update Your Current Drivers

Make sure to install the latest GeForce drivers before proceeding. At the time of writing this is version 181.22

2. Install GeForce 3D Vision and Apply Registry Patch

When you’ve got your drivers up to date, download and install NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision.

Next, we need to apply a registry patch. You can download it here (alternative link). This patch activates the output of anaglyph images.

To apply a registry patch, you just need to open the file.

3. (optional) Change The Anaglyph Filter Type

There are several different anaglyph filters. For instance, we can use the default red-cyan glasses, but also red-blue, red-green, and even yellow-blue filters exist.

To change the anaglyph filter type, we need to apply another registry patch.

To return to the default Red-Cyan filter setup, you need to download and run this registry patch (alternative link) and reinstall NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision.

4. Activate Stereoscopic Vision

Last but not least, we need to activate the stereoscopic vision. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel, and activate it in the Stereo tab.

That’s it! You’re all set up now, and ready to begin your 3D gaming session!

The Ideal Environment

It’s best to do this is a dark room, sitting right in front of your screen. If the images don’t look right, it’s probably because you’re using too light a room, looking at your screen from too big an angle, or are using the wrong color filters.

When you’ve got it set up, let us know what you think of your new 3D gaming sessions!

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Comments (57)
  • Momax

    Hello, does it work for GTX980 with Samsung (fullHD 3D LED SA950) series 9, and I do have Win 7 !!

  • Joao Carlos

    Hey Simon, i dont have red-green glasses, but i do have those new glasses that they give out on the 3D cinema sessions, they are grey, from my understanding they use a diferent tecnology, any ideas how to use that? (i heard it is way better)


    • Vladimir

      No chance, unless you have a monitor w/interlaced polarization or projector /w polarized filters and metallic screen.

  • Vladimir

    Okay, I’ve tried to install geforce driver 181.22 WHQL (from the original link) and then tried to install nVidia Windows Vista Stereo 3D Driver (despite I have Windows XP). I’ve got the following message in the end of install:

    This Stereoscopic 3D driver is not compatible with the existing graphics driver.
    Please go to and obtain a later graphics driver.

    Tried to apply patch after that and I don’t see stereo settings in the control panel :(.

    • Vladimir

      Seems like I’ll stick to iZ3D Driver… :) Lastly I’ve found more or less good way to calibrate separation/convergence correctly. Played HL2 again and enjoyed very much :). Thanks for help anyway!

    • Simon Slangen

      I wish I knew an answer to your problem. Perhaps, in time, someone else will come up with a fix. Glad to hear iZ3D did work out. :-)

  • Vladimir

    Hi! I have GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB and Windows XP 32bit. I’ve tried to setup nVidia stereo. Installed GeForce drivers v. 195.62, nVidia Stereo 91.31 and applied registry patch. Now I see 3D Stereo Properties, but I don’t see any color separation in 3d games (tried to set Stereo Mode Enabled = Enable, or to set it = Enabled By Hotkey and pressed Ctrl + T in game). Can anyone confirm that there Windows XP + nVidia stereo can work?

    Also I’ve already tried iZ3D 1.10, it works nicely, but I have trouble setting up convergence/separation in games correctly so I wanted to try nVidia still… Help please :).

    • Simon Slangen

      There’s an alternative XP install and reg patch posted at the top of the comments. Good luck!

    • Simon Slangen

      My guess would be it’s because of your newer GeForce drivers. Counter-intuitive as it may sound, I think you’d have better luck after downgrading to 181.22. They’ve been known to work on XP with those drivers.

    • Vladimir

      You mean that comment?

      “Simon Slangen

      Kudos to Emrah for pointing this out:
      The XP Stereo software can be found here
      The XP registry patch can be found here (mirror)

      Apologies for the inconvenience.”

      Actually I’ve used links from it already :). Because original link to 3D Vision Driver ( leads to Vista-only driver :(.

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