My experiences with 3DTV so far. Perhaps of use to any forum dolts thinking about it in the near future.
So, moving into a new house very shortly. As such have decided to splash out on a nice new TV. In the end I got myself a Samsung 46" with 3D since it was on special offer and only slightly more expensive than a standard TV of the same size.
So yes. Without having really intended to get 3D first of all the feature was really just a bonus. I didn't buy any extra 3D blu rays or starter kits with the screen and after hooking up the X-box, PC and TV I only really started playing around with the 3D feature when the house move got delayed again.
Thus started the quest for content.
Number one: Blu ray movies.
Here comes the first problem. At the moment you can play pretty much any 3D content you like on any of the 3 major manufacturers screens. The 3D glasses for each screen only work with that specific manufacturer. The way that each company keeps exclusive blu ray titles for it's screen is to bundle it with glasses you do not need.
Even with the movie you want being an exclusive on the screen you own this is a major pain in the ass. Samsung have two exclusives, 'Monsters Vs. Aliens' and 'How to train your Dragon'. They come bundled with two extra pairs of glasses, so if you wanted to have both movies right now you'd have to get 4 sets of glasses.
Since the screen comes bundled with 1 pair, you get another by registering the TV online and I got 2 extra pairs (delivery guy put his foot through the screen on the first delivery, so I registered that serial and got those glasses too while I waited for the replacement to turn up) Due to this happen-stance I already have all the glasses I could ever need. So would single folks or couples.
Second problem is that pretty much other than those movies, and Avatar coming out as a Sony exclusive in the near future there's nothing decent out. The current catalogue of non exclusive 3D blu rays is a list of semi-documentary IMAX content built more to show off 3D rather than to be watchable in their own right. The other three available are 'monster house' 'Step up' and 'rainy with a chance of meatballs'. While the two Samsung movies mentioned before were both family films, they were at least watch-able as an adult. These 3? I have no intention of ever seeing.
So, if you're looking for movies for 3D blu ray at the moment. It's going to be several months before there's anything out to actually watch.
Number 2: The PC
Having checked out the nVidia website, it turned out my PC was in fact 3D capable. So I hooked it up to the screen and looked for the settings to get everything running... only to find they weren't there.
Looking up on the web I found a few blogs showing that the current nVidia 3D vision system worked by using it's own set of USB IR glasses combined with a special monitor, but they were releasing updated drivers with 3D Play. A system to connect to any 3D TV without them. Downloading these drivers as they were released I then discovered that they're still preventing them from being used by requiring you to have the 3D Vision IR emitter installed even if you are not using it.
Yes, in order to use nVidia 3D on my TV. I need to buy another set of glasses I do not need.
Supposedly nVidia is releasing standalone software for 3D play sometime in November. So, another month of waiting if you want to get decent PC content.
There was another way to get my PC running some 3D games though. There are additional drivers online from IZ3d. They will allow you to run pretty much any game in stereographic 3D. Trouble here is that they're pretty buggy, the mouse pointer doesn't work correctly as splitting the screen into left eye/right eye messes up it's positioning in relation to the objects you are trying to click on. This makes navigating menus a nightmare and RTS/RPG games a complete nightmare. Dawn of War 2 didn't even work.
Getting it running on L4D2 where I didn't need to click on stuff was pretty nice. Especially when zombie tongues lash you in the face and you can see them sticking out of the screen at you. Enough for me to actually recommend getting 3D in the future when it's more properly available.
Number 3: TV
At the moment the only 3D service I know of it Sky: 3D. Now I could hook my screen up to it at the current place if we upgrade the Sky HD package we use there but there's very little point in convincing my folks splash out on something they wont be using in a week or two after I pull the big TV out of the house.
Is it good, is it bad? Who knows. Will I be buying it for the new place I move to? Probably not. Sky on It's own is too damned expensive.
Number 4: Consoles
I've got my X-Box and Wii. Mostly just the X-box, the Wii likes to collect dust.
Now technically it's 3D ready, and should be. Frankly if you have a console that can run split screen it can run a 3D stereoscopic game. Avatar the game has a native 3D side by side mode that a screen can be configured to use for 3D. So too does Call of Duty black ops.
( Little more info available here: http://3dvision-blog.com/tag/xbox-360-3d/ )
Unlike the PC there's currently no backwards compatibility. So though there is actual content to use, it's unlikely you'll see a great deal of it until more games are released with native support or some official 3D system is released.
The PS3 however has a firmware update ( 3.50 ) which make all 3D games compatible with 3DTV.
Number 5: 2D to 3D conversion
Last of all there's actually a feature in the Samsung TV to convert 2D images into 3D planes. How it does this I have no idea, and it can be a little freaky. It even turned my desktop background into a 3D image fairly well. With fast moving images or shaky-cam it gets mixed up. Even when not it has an uncanny valley style problem: TV where the world looks is a series of flat paper cutouts where perspective doesn't match up with depth. (screwing your eyes after a while) It's not bad, but not something really to watch regular TV with.
Unless you currently own a PS3 or a Sky HD setup pretty much any 3D content is still at least a month or two away. Even then it's still reasonably sparse and content not originally created for 3D (such as aforementioned 3D games) will be variable in how much use they make use of the feature. Left 4 Dead 2 was pretty good, other games set with the perspective set back and not much change in the field of depth will barely be noticeable.
If you're looking for 3D movies on Blu ray. You want to wait at least another 4-5 months until there's a decent catalogue of films and exclusives are released from the tyranny of glasses you don't need.