by Matthew Elliott
Gaming will drive 3D PC adoption, which is set to explode over the next five years, says Jon Peddie Research (JPR). JPR released a report recently that looked at the stereoscopic 3D PC market. The research firm predicts that after less than a million 3D PCs are sold this year, that number will skyrocket to 75 million in 2014. The key components to a 3D PC won’t be its graphics subsystem but its monitor and glasses, along with 3D content in the form of games, movies, and TV programming.
JPR identifies seven major applications that will lead to this rapid growth of 3D PCs. After gaming, the applications are Blu-ray movies, streaming video or IPTV, photo and video editing, YouTube and other online video sources and then professional graphics such as CAD and virtualization.
In related news, Nvidia announced at Computex that it has partnered with system builders, including Asus, Acer, Dell, LG, Toshiba, ViewSonic, to get complete 3D PC systems into the market, giving consumers a route other than the DIY route to the 3D experience. Nvidia estimates that a complete 3D PC–with a 120Hz display, shutter glasses, and pre-installed drivers–will start as low as $1,500, which Nvidia happily points out is about half the price of a 3D TV.
Let us all thank Jame Cameron for making this upcoming holiday season merry, 3D, and bright.