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Nvidia drops 3D Vision support in GeForce Game Ready Drivers

Nvidia revealed in March 2019 that future GeForce Game Ready drivers will drop support for 3D Vision, a technology that enables stereoscopic vision for Direct3D video games.

Nvidia plans to release the last version of the GeForce Game Reader driver 418 in April 2019. Release 418 drivers will be the last release to support 3D Vision. Future drivers, release 419 and newer, won't release the technology and software anymore.

The company will support release 418 until April 2020 but only to address critical driver issues according to a new support page on the official Nvidia support website.

Nvidia plans to include the 3D gaming software 3DTV Play with the driver release and to remove the standalone download of 3DTV from its website following the release.  3DTV is used for 3D gaming on 3D capable TVs. The previously commercial software will be offered for free with the release of driver 418 in Apirl 2019.  The 3D Vision Video Player software remains available as a standalone download throughout 2019.

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Nvidia customers who use 3D Vision should stay on Release 418 to use the technology until 2020.

Support will be dropped completely in April 2020 by Nvidia. While it is still possible to stay on the then-outdated and unsupported driver to continue using 3D Vision, it is not recommended to do so because of the lack of support.

Nvidia did not mention why it decided to end support for 3D Vision. The most likely explanation is that 3D never caught on in home entertainment let alone in gaming, and that demand likely dropped even further with the release of the first Virtual Reality headsets. While VR technology is facing an uphill battle to win over gamers and consumers in general as well, it has better chances than 3D technology especially since it is possible to use the technology to watch movies in 3D.

Gamers who use the default installation profile when they install Nvidia drivers will notice that 3D Vision won't be installed anymore once releases reach version 419. Less bloat for users who use the default installation profile.

Experienced users customize Nvidia driver installations or use third-party software like NVSlimmer to block any component that they don't require from installing on their devices to remove Nvidia Telemetry and other components that may start with Windows or run in the background.

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Nvidia revealed that future GeForce Game Ready drivers will drop support for 3D Vision, a technology that enables stereoscopic vision in games.
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  1. Harro Glööckler said on March 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    FINALLY! I’ve been sick of always unchecking those when installing new drivers…totally useless for us stereoblind people.

  2. cool said on March 11, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Sweet, one less box to un-tick every time I update the drivers. As far as the disabling telemetry app: every time I did that it broke Geforce Experience somehow, and it was a huge rigamarole to re-enable it and get the latest drivers.

    Also, when done installing the latest drivers and rebooting, you can use Dism++ to remove the installer packages and old Nvidia drivers from your system, freeing a good chunk of your system SSD for other things. And it doesn’t break anything (but be very careful with Dism++ and don’t mess with the WinSxS option…

    1. Weilan said on March 12, 2019 at 8:41 am
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      I found how to disable it.

      When you download the driver, it’s usually one .exe that installs all kind of garbage, like GeForce experience. So I figured if I change .exe to .7z, I can extract only the installer for the driver.

      But there is usually a folder called “nvTelemetry”. I tried deleting it, but that resulted in the installer giving me an error that it’s broken.

      So I created a blank folder called “nvTelemetry” with nothing inside just to sit there and trick the installer to think that the integrity of everything is intact.

      And it works – I delete the telemetry and install the driver and when I search the computer with Everything for “nvtelemetry” there are no results.

  3. koel said on March 12, 2019 at 11:14 am
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    “Experienced users customize Nvidia driver installations or use third-party software like NVSlimmer to block any component that they don’t require from installing on their devices to remove Nvidia Telemetry and other components that may start with Windows or run in the background.”

    Nvidia is a very shitty company for never themselves providing a simple, silent means to update the drivers. They can easily do it but choose not to.

  4. Ray said on March 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    Will the drivers really slim down in size? It takes half a gig to update the drivers these days!

  5. Constantin J. said on March 20, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    Why am I sad/dazed because of NVidia’s decision to stop the support for 3D Vision

    If you have had the chance to see how any game looks in real 3D, I’m pretty sure you will find really difficult… no, impossible to go back to playing in flat 2D (not even if that 2D is 4K, 8K or even 180K).

    I bought my first gaming 3D device sometime around 2000.

    I remember the glasses looking very bulky. It didn’t matter.

    It was a revelation!

    For the first time, I was able to understand how lucky we are to have two eyes. With the help of the new 3D technology, I was inside the virtual worlds created by the game developers. I wasn’t anymore just looking at some moving flat images.

    As games evolved and became nicer and nicer, the stereoscopic 3D made more and more sense. Volumetric fog, rain, snow, lights, shadows, transparency, all became worthy of being introduced in the games.

    I bought my first Play Station 3 only because I was keen to play Avatar in 3D…

    As for the VR, I pre-ordered my Oculus Rift when the commercial version was first available. Yes, it was cool in the beginning. But, the inferior resolution, the bulkiness of the heavily wired headset and the lack of full experiences made me use it less and less.

    In its current state, the VR can’t yet beat the 3D Vision experience.

    The enjoyment of playing games like the Witcher 2 and 3, Madmax, Fallout, Skyrim, Tomb Raider etc, etc, on a big screen 3D tv (together with a friend/friends, partner/wife) cannot be currently surpassed.

    For this, I’m grateful to NVidia for making this possible.

    I’m even more grateful to the guys at Helix Mod:http://helixmod.blogspot.com/
    During many years, they have passionately used their own time and energy to keep the 3D alive. All this for free!

    Dear NVidia,

    Please, please don’t kill your most gorgeous child!

    https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/1102231/geforce-drivers/nvidia-please-don-t-kill-3d-vision-/

    https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/1101775/3d-vision/future-of-3d-vision-support-official-announcement-from-nvidia-/

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