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Acer has shared a press release detailing one of its latest gaming laptops, the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. One of the major marketing points of this iteration of Helios is its 3D capabilities; users can leverage the device’s SpatialLabs True Game application to enjoy a collection of select games in glasses-free, stereoscopic 3D via the laptop’s unique 15.6-inch UHD 2D panel with liquid crystal lenticular lens. Hardware options include 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs, 32 GB of DDR5-4800 memory, and PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs with RAID 0 storage. Acer’s Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition will be available in North America in early Q4 at a starting price of $3,399.99, while gamers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa can get their hands on one in September starting at 3,299 euros.

“We’re excited to add a new dimension to gaming with the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition, enabling industry-leading glasses-free stereoscopic 3D gaming,” said Jerry Kao, Co-COO, Acer Inc. “By integrating our SpatialLabs technology with our Predator gaming laptops, we hope to create a new category of immersive gaming experiences.”

SpatialLabs TrueGame is a new application that brings stereoscopic 3D to the world of gaming, letting players enjoy their favorite titles in their true glory. This is possible because games are mostly created with three dimensions in mind: developers include information about depth into each scene and object they build. SpatialLabs leverages this already-existing information in order to present the games in stereoscopic 3D. A dedicated pre-configured profile will be available for each game title among the 50+ modern and classic titles on launch in order to offer players a seamless experience with their favorite games, and profiles for additional titles will be added on a continuous basis moving forward.

The SpatialLabs experience is created through the combination of an eye-tracking solution, a stereoscopic 3D display and real-time rendering technologies. The display of the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition gaming laptop consists of a 15.6-inch UHD 2D panel with a liquid crystal lenticular lens optically bonded on top of it, together forming an innovative module that can be switched back and forth between 2D and stereoscopic 3D views.

Source: Acer

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  1. Glasses-free 3D?! Like what the Nintendo 3DS does, but in a laptop?! I hope it works a lot better than the 3D on at least the Old 3DS, where you always had to be looking at the screen in exactly the right position (hard to do with a handheld console that isn't perfectly stationary). The New 3DS at least uses the cameras for eye-tracking, which makes the 3D work a lot better. But in the end, the 3D still causes some eye strain and eye fatigue for me (and in rare cases headaches), and also eats through remaining battery power a lot faster. It works very well in some games, but overall still a rather large gimmick. I'm curious about how well it works in monitors though.
  2. Wait.. 3400 dollar starting price? Are they apple or something?
    As a fan of 3D, I was definitely interested in it until I saw that price and literally choked while reading it. Yeah, that's guaranteed to not sell. I did a lot of 3D gaming a while back and depending on how this is implemented it will need all the power that 3080 can offer. The old stuff basically acted like double so if you gamed in 3D at 1080p it was about as GPU intensive as 4K 2D, albeit a bit less but still similar. My last setup for 3D gaming involved a 1080 Ti and a 27" 1440p/144 Hz 3D monitor. For most games, it held around 50-60 FPS in 3D.

    I'm not sure if Tsing is planning more from Acer but evidently, yesterday was a big reveal day for a lot of Spatial Lab products. I was looking at them last night. Seriously like a half dozen or more announcements. If he doesn't get to it there's one I might do tomorrow about some portable 15.6" monitors that will go for around $1K with the same glasses-free tech. They're also planning a line of desktop monitors as well. We'll see how it goes. They listed Witcher 3 as one of the compatible games and it originally had 3D support back in the day. Looked great and The Witcher 2 also did as well. TR, ROTR, and SOTR, the original Metro, and Metro Last Light were some other good ones back in the day for 3D. I've still got DOOM 3 BFG which is a lot of fun too. I'm sure I have more but those are what I can remember off the top of my head. At one point there was even a config file tweak to turn on 3D for Alien Isolation. I've no idea if any or all of these will be compatible but I am curious and will be watching out for reviews.

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