For some companies that produce computers for gamers and graphic designers, creating a model that supports the display of three-dimensional graphics without special glasses has become one of the priorities. Back in 2021, Acer introduced SpatialLabs technology, which uses a stereo camera, special optics and real-time rendering technology to create highly realistic 3D images. This year it was ASUS’ turn to offer their own solution.
ASUS announced Spatial Vision technology, an OLED-based stereoscopic display solution. The resolution of 3D displays is 3.2K, the refresh rate is 120 Hz. The technology is in many ways similar to Acer’s solution. It uses lenticular lenses and pupil tracking to render separate images for each eye – therefore the position of the eyes and head is constantly monitored. However, ASUS technology has an important advantage over Acer’s solution. It allows two people to simultaneously view a three-dimensional image without glasses, while SpatialLabs, introduced by a competitor, offers such an experience to just one viewer.
According to The Verge, the technology worked quite well during the demonstration, and the models looked incredibly realistic, literally “flying” off the screen. At the same time, head movements didn’t really affect the image quality and it was easy to switch between 2D and 3D modes.
Technically, any three-dimensional content is compatible with spatial vision technology – games, videos, etc. However, journalists note a significant difference in the quality of content from third-party developers and materials created specifically for the system.
According to ASUS, the new OLED displays offer a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a response time of 0.2 ms and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. According to the developers, there is enormous potential for using the solution in the Metaverse. The glasses-free technology integrates with exclusive apps from the ASUS Spatial Vision Hub collection to watch 3D videos and movies, play 3D games, and create 3D content. There is great potential for developers to create their own ecosystems.
Another key benefit of spatial vision is that it looks like the technology won’t just be used in premium models. So far, one of the first laptops to use the new solution is the 16-inch Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED, designed for graphic content creation. At the same time, the VivoBook belongs to the relatively inexpensive ASUS series. So last year’s model cost from $1449.99. Perhaps using 3D technology will add a few hundred dollars more to the price.
According to ASUS, the model with 3D support received an Intel processor of the 13th generation, an NVIDIA graphics card of the 40th series and uses MUX switch technology. An updated cooling system is said to ensure safe operation at a TDP of 150 W.
For professionals on a budget, the company intends to introduce technology with the ProArt Studiobook 16 laptop, a behemoth machine that supports a pen, up to 64GB of RAM, and other graphics-friendly features. Last year’s Studiobook 16 started at $1,599, so the new variant will cost at least as much.
However, experts emphasize that 3D content is often created and viewed on desktop computers with large monitors. Whether laptops with such capabilities will gain popularity remains to be seen in the near future.