Can I watch 3D movies on my Dell XPS laptop?

ashutosh July 30, 2011

Can I watch 3D movies on my laptop? I have a Dell XPS L502X ND, 3D glasses also.

  1. Fuhrer
    September 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Anaglyph is red and cyan + most games already contain the option to do so, ie Minecraft.

  2. Fuhrer
    September 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Anaglyph is red and cyan + most games already contain the option to do so, ie Minecraft.

    • James Bruce
      September 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Most games do not contain the option to do so - very few do in fact. NVidia drivers however do contain the option to play any direct-3D game in such a mode. 

      Also, analglyph is not *just* red/cyan. There are any number of possible color combinations that can successfully be used, as MoonRabbit already posted.

  3. Zead_tariq2000
    August 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Please James Bruce can u answer my question,I have a laptop MSI GT680r It doesn't support 3d ,If i add a 3d monitor and connect through HDMI, can I watch 3D Movies and play 3d Games???,Pls Help me .

    • James Bruce
      August 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Short answer - yes. You'll need to purchase additional drivers from nvidia though called 3dtv play if you want to use a 3dTV though. 

      If you go with a 3d computer monitor, it depends upon the technology being used. Zalman monitors are designed for nvidia, passive 3d and come with glasses. Other monitors are for active shutter lcd glasses and therefore require to purchase suitable glasses from nvidia. 

      For movies, unless you have a blueray drive you wont be able to view blueray discs, obviously. However, you can play downloaded 3d-sbs blueray rips just fine through vlc or whatever. 

      Unfortunately, there's no set in stone answer here. Laptops aren't designed to be run with 3d monitors, but there's no real reason why they can't be. Mostly, performance issues are the limiting factor, as most laptops are too underpowered to drive good 3d graphics. 

      Hope that helps. 

  4. A_hazarat
    August 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    can i watch 3d in my Acer extensa 4630z.which equipment are needed?

    • Tina
      August 13, 2011 at 5:21 am


      this is a slightly different question from the above and I'm afraid I don't know the answer. To get an individual answer I recommend that ask a new question via the respective button in the top left on MakeUseOf Answers.

  5. Jay
    July 31, 2011 at 8:01 am

     youtube has 3d videos..which can be seen in 3d by just wearing basic 3d depends..which 3d technology is used in the movie u want to watch...
    else you dont need anything extra...

  6. James Bruce
    July 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Just to add, your laptop itself doesn't support 3D output with the built-in LCD screen, so the only way you could do this is with an external 3d monitor or 3DTV. 

    July 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Hello, what graphics card does your laptop have?  If it is the Nvidia
    GT 540M video card, it can stream three-dimensional video to a 3D-enabled
    television using Nvidia's 3DTV Play software and the system's HDMI 1.4
    port. 3DTV Play will display photos or videos you capture with a 3D
    camera or camcorder, as well as content from the web. To take full
    advantage of this software, though, you should equip the XPS 15 with a
    Blu-ray drive that can play 3D Blu-ray movies.

    • Tubai
      May 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      If i use Cyberlink power dvd with 3d enable,can i watch 3d In my 3dtv from asus k53sv 521v 2gb with GT540

      • FIDELIS
        May 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Hello, as long as your laptop has the necessary drivers and hardware to output 3d, I do not see why not.

  8. Jeffery Fabish
    July 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    You will need a 3D Vision compatible card. If your video card is not capable of outputting in 3D, having the glasses won't help. 

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