Sorry for being so late to the party. The MTBS team was traveling and getting set to make some announcements. In the meantime, here are some of the big stories which are very popular in our forums right now.
The first bit of news (or belated news) is that Doom 3 is NOT getting included with the Oculus Rift SDK. MTBS actually knew about this some time ago, but we wanted to leave it to Oculus to announce and make preparations for. They obviously did a great job because Rift owners are getting a choice of either Steam or Oculus Store credits in the place of Doom 3. Given the immersive nature of the Rift, and the scariness of Doom 3 in 3D, there were fears that early VR coronaries could stifle Oculus' sales in the near future. Half kidding, of course. Don't panic! MTBS members already got the source code on Github and are working on getting a community version working.
If there is one thing we could say about the 3D industry, it's that the politics always manage to keep it interesting! Most recently, Nintendo got charged with a $30.2 million dollar judgement in damages for infringing on a display patent by Seijiro Tomita, inventor of the technique used to display glasses free 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo claimed that their technology is significantly different from what Tomita shared, and that there were several companies presenting glasses free 3D options to Nintendo, but the courts sided with Tomita in the end.
What hasn't been revealed in the press is that John Merritt, one of the foremost experts in stereoscopic 3D technology, was a non-partial expert witness in the case.
While VR and the Oculus Rift are all the rage, the 3D market is still alive and kicking. Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) has renewed their license agreements with Lenovo, and are the driver of choice for their upcoming round of Windows 8 all-in-one PCs (B & K Series) and 3D desktop monitors (X & K series). While not pictured, these units are all based on polarized technology.
Nvidia is still around too, and we are pleased to see that 3DVision-Blog has a review of BenQ's XL2411T 3D Vision (Ready) monitor.