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

Acer has unveiled a pair of new 4K monitors that deliver glasses-free stereoscopic 3D at its upcoming @acer event.

The Acer SpatialLabs View monitor is aimed at gamers and will arrive this summer, while the SpatialLabs View Pro is more aimed at a professional (creative) audience, although it won’t debut until later.

Both of these monitors are 15.6-inch screens with 4K resolution and 3D mode (as well as a 2D mode for normal use when you don’t want a three-dimensional effect). The stereoscopic 3D effect itself is achieved through a liquid crystal lenticular lens optically bonded above the actual 4K screen, used in combination with an eye tracking solution.

The gaming monitor will drop first, although Acer hasn’t given us spec details yet, beyond 4K resolution and 400 nits brightness.

Acer Spatial Labs monitors 3D games

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The benefits of stereoscopic 3D can be enjoyed on games supported by the SpatialLabs TrueGame app, which uses preconfigured 3D profiles to create a fine-tuned three-dimensional effect.

Over 50 games will be supported at launch – apparently it’ll be a mix of contemporary PC games and older titles – with more games to be added over time.

Acer boasts about the 3D effect: “Rooms feel more spacious, objects appear truly layered, and adventures become more exciting – all smoothly, in real time, and without the need for special glasses.”

In addition to games, displays can also give you a 3D viewing experience for media content, thanks to SpatialLabs Go, an AI-powered technology that takes, say, 2D video and makes it look 3D-like. . Any full-screen content, even your own photos, can be viewed this way.

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An example of using the Acer 3D monitor

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Pro Version

Acer’s SpatialLabs View Pro monitor is the other product here that will again have a 4K display, as mentioned, but this model will also offer 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut (and comes with VESA support , in case it is needed for a kiosk, for example).

Model Pro harnesses the power of the SpatialLabs Model Viewer application for 3D content creators, and Acer has just integrated support for Datasmith, allowing creatives to use software like Revit, Solidworks or Cinema 4D via the Datasmith export plugins.

Creators can import their projects into the model viewer to check out 3D designs in all their glory, and it’s very easy to do (requiring just one click, in fact).

Other workflow benefits with SpatialLabs View Pro include the ability for Blender and Maya users to edit on a normal 2D panel, while connecting the Acer monitor and seeing those 2D changes happen in real time on the model on the 3D screen. Clever.

In terms of release schedules, the Acer SpatialLabs View monitor (ASV15-1B) is due out this summer with a price tag set at $1,099 (about £880, AU$1,560) in the US, but the View Pro monitor isn’t There hasn’t been a confirmed launch date (or price for that matter) yet.

Analysis: 3D in motion – a lightweight and portable 4K monitor

While this monitor’s small size is unusual – being a 4K panel, crammed into 15.6 inches of space, which seems really overkill – it likely uses the same panel as the new Asus gaming laptop (which is a 15.6-inch model) also revealed at the company’s event. And this compact nature confers other advantages in terms of portability.

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As the SpatialLabs View monitors are also lightweight (weighing in at 1.5kg), this makes them easy to transport if you want to bring a gaming display to a LAN party, perhaps, or in the case of the Pro version, to a kind of meeting or pitch. The size also matches the idea of ​​using the SpatialLabs view as a second screen, as mentioned with the 3D rendering scenario above.

There may be limits to the panel’s potential size given its glassesless 3D technology in terms of physical aspects or cost concerns (although going to a more sensible 1440p resolution would have helped on that latter front anyway). ).

Either way, we can guarantee the 3D effect is awesome, as we’ve seen these stereoscopic 3D panels in action (Acer was busy demoing the tech last year, you might recall- be). Professionals and gamers alike might be tempted by these screens, given the diverse and useful applications described above for work and entertainment (being able to view your own snaps or videos in 3D, and running certain games this way will surely be a compelling draw, even if the monitor isn’t cheap for its size).

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