Acer’s new 4K gaming monitor has a seriously cool trick: glasses-free 3D

Acer’due south new 4K gaming monitor has a seriously absurd pull a fast one on: glasses-free 3D

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Acer has unveiled a pair of new 4K monitors which offer glasses-free stereoscopic 3D at its next@acer issue.

The Acer SpatialLabs View monitor is aimed at gamers, and volition be arriving this summertime, whereas the SpatialLabs View Pro is targeted instead at a professional person audience (creatives), though it won’t debut until afterwards.

Both of these monitors are 15.half-dozen-inch screens with a 4K resolution and a 3D fashion (too as a 2D mode for normal usage when yous don’t want a 3-dimensional upshot). The stereoscopic 3D event itself is realized courtesy of a liquid crystal lenticular lens optically bonded on height of the actual 4K display, used in combination with an center-tracking solution.

The gaming monitor volition drop first, although Acer hasn’t provided us with any spec details yet, across information technology having a 4K resolution and a effulgence of 400 nits.

Acer Spatial Labs monitor gaming in 3D

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The benefit of stereoscopic 3D can exist enjoyed on games which are supported past the SpatialLabs TrueGame app, which uses pre-configured 3D profiles to create a fine-tuned 3-dimensional effect.

Over 50 games will be supported at launch – patently that’ll be a mix of both gimmicky PC games and older titles – with more set to be brought into the fold as time rolls on.

Acer boasts of the 3D effect: “Rooms appear more than spacious, objects appear genuinely layered, and adventures become more heady – all smooth, in real-fourth dimension, and without the need for special glasses.”

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As well as games, the screens can also give you a 3D viewing experience for media content, thanks to SpatialLabs Go, AI-powered tech that takes, say, a 2nd video and gives information technology a 3D-like appearance. Whatsoever full-screen content, even your own photos, can exist viewed in this manner.

An example of how the Acer 3D monitor can be used

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Pro version

Acer’s SpatialLabs View Pro monitor is the other product here which will again accept a 4K screen, as mentioned, but this model will likewise sport 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB colour gamut (and comes with a VESA mountain, in case it’s required for a kiosk display, for case).

The Pro model leverages the ability of the SpatialLabs Model Viewer app for 3D content creators, and Acer has just incorporated support for Datasmith, allowing creatives to use software like Revit, Solidworks, or Movie house 4D via Datasmith export plugins.

Creators can import their projects into the Model Viewer to bank check out 3D designs in all their glory, and information technology’s expressionless piece of cake to practise so (but requiring a single click, in fact).

Other workflow benefits with the SpatialLabs View Pro include allowing Blender and Maya users to edit on a normal 2d panel, while connecting the Acer monitor and seeing those changes in 2d happening in real-fourth dimension to the model on the 3D display. Slap-up.

In terms of release schedules, the Acer SpatialLabs View (ASV15-1B) monitor is due out this summertime with the price pitched at $ane,099 (around £880, AU$1,560) in the Us, just the View Pro monitor hasn’t had a launch date confirmed nonetheless (or a price for that matter).

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Analysis: 3D on the move – a lite and portable 4K monitor

While the small size of this monitor is unusual – being a 4K panel, crammed into 15.6-inches of real-estate, which truly seems like overkill – it’s presumably using the same panel equally the new Asus gaming laptop (which is a xv.6-inch model) also revealed at the company’southward event. And that compact nature does confer other benefits in terms of portability.

Equally the SpatialLabs View monitors are as well light (weighing in at 1.5kg), this makes them easy to cart around if you want to accept a gaming screen to a LAN party, maybe, or in the case of the Pro version, to some kind of meeting or pitch. The size besides fits with the idea of using the SpatialLabs View every bit a 2d screen, as mentioned with the 3D rendering scenario above.

At that place may be limitations regarding the potential size of the console given its glasses-gratis 3D tech in terms of physical aspects or price issues (though surely dropping to a more sensible sounding 1440p resolution would’ve helped on the latter front anyway).

Whatever the case, we can vouch for the 3D effect being impressive, as we’ve seen these stereoscopic 3D panels in activeness (Acer was busy demoing the technology last twelvemonth, you may recall). Professionals and gamers alike may well be tempted by these screens, given the diverse and useful applications outlined above for work and entertainment alike (existence able to view your own snaps or videos in 3D, and running sure games this style is surely going to be a compelling draw, fifty-fifty if the monitor isn’t cheap for its size).

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