Dual View Gaming / Multi View on 3D HDTVs

3D viewing isn’t for everyone, but that isn’t stopping all the major TV manufacturers adding it into their newest lines of 3D TVs as standard now days.

But the technology now has a new potential of being used in a whole new way. As the 3D effect is created by showing your left and right eyes slightly different images of a different perspective, this technology can also be used to show you AND someone else entirely different independent images.

Rather than showing you different left and right images, you will for example, you only see the left hand images, while another user will only be shown the right hand images of completely different images.

Right now Philips are using this technology in their latest 2012 HDTVs and have dubbed it “Dual View” Gaming. While this feature is mostly marketed towards gamers, who are tired of sharing the screen with a second split screen player. Now enabling them to both view their player’s perspective in glorious full screen.

The best thing is that it works with any gaming console and game. It takes the top half and bottom half of the two players perspective and makes it full screen.

The Philips HDTVs come with two pairs of special dual view polarized glasses. One pair basically has two “left” lens, and the other pair two “right” lens.

Dual View HDTV

Dual View HDTV

This technology can also be used to show two entirely different inputs so two people can view two different programs. For examples, one person can be watching a football match on TV, while the other is watching a movie via blu-ray. Of course, you would only be able to hear one input, but I”m sure if you’re creative with wireless headphones and outputs, you could get around this.

Right now we have only see this technology used in Philips dual view polarized 3D technology and glasses. But I can’t see a reason why this same technology can’t be used with 3D “Active shutter” 3D glasses which are found in other brands such as Samsung. This would actually be preferred, as you wouldn’t need a special pair of “Dual view glasses” as one pair could be synchronized to show just the left frame to both eyes at the same time, and a second pair could be synchronized to the right eye.

I see this as a quite exciting and interesting way to use the 3D technology for another use. I look forward to seeing the technology develop.

Samsung Multi View

Update: Just days after writing this article, just as expected we have seen a similar technology now being shown off by another manufacturer. Samsung have just introduced a few feature to a number of their upcoming HDTVs called the Samsung Multi View.

Samsung Multi View have even taken this a step further and have included speakers (headphones) built into the glasses.

Sony SimulView

We were lucky enough to get a hands on with the 84-Inch 4K Sony XBR-84X900. Below is a clip demonstrating the very impressive Sony SimulView dual view gaming feature!

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2 Responses to “Dual View Gaming / Multi View on 3D HDTVs”

  1. This is not completely ‘new.’ Range Rover has had it on their nav screen displays for a few years now in Europe so that the driver sees only a navigation map display while the passenger can view a movie or tv on the display, which would have been illegal for the driver to watch.

    • You’re correct Mike, but this is the first time it’s been used in TVs in this way.

      I think the Range Rover sat nav screens work via permanent polarization and the view is dependent on your position.