James Orry by on Nov 28, 2011

Stereoscopic 3D Battlefield 3 explained

The most recent update for Battlefield 3 has made it possible to play the PC version in Stereoscopic 3D on supported hardware, which EA claims “lets you experience the battlefield with added depth perception”.

EA’s David McDonagh explained how Stereoscopic 3D has been implemented in Battlefield 3.

“We have added support for Stereoscopic 3D in the Frostbite 2 engine by rendering each frame twice (once for each eye). This gives us full control of how our game looks in 3D, and lets us create an even more visceral experience for the player.”

He added: “Rendering each frame twice is quite performance heavy, though, so take that into consideration if you want to play with Stereoscopic 3D enabled. To improve performance, you may want to reduce graphics quality or resolution compared to what you normally would use when playing without Stereoscopic 3D. Using a multi GPU setup will also improve performance, as each GPU can share the work load.”

3D is supported by both Nvidia 3D Vision and AMD HD3D.

Enable 3D Vision by going to the Nvidia control panel, and in the Stereoscopic 3D tab, make sure “Enable stereoscopic 3D” is set. Adjust the amount of depth effect using the scroll wheel on the 3D Vision IR emitter or by using the keyboard shortcuts. The default shortcuts are CTRL-F4 to increase the depth, and CTRL-F3 to decrease the depth.

Enable HD3D by starting Battlefield 3 and go into the options menu. In the video options tab, change STEREOSCOPIC 3D to ON. Adjust the depth using the slider in the menu.


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Battlefield 3

on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Feel the full impact of battle like never before.

Release Date:

28 October 2011