TriOviz(R) for Games Adds 3D TV Support for Console Titles

Darkworks Joining the Official PlayStation(R)3 Tools & Middleware Licensee Program; Demos New 3D TV Capabilities at E3 Expo

Jul 22, 2010, 15:06 ET from Darkworks

PARIS and SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Darkworks, the Paris-based Action-Adventure developer, and TriOviz today announced their TriOviz(R) for Games SDK now supports 3D TV, enabling AAA console games on these new sets for an even better immersive experience. The same post-process that facilitates 3D games on regular 2D displays works with 3D TVs using either active shutter or polarized stereoscopic technologies. The result is one easy-to-implement 3D solution for games across all TVs, removing confusion over conflicting 3D technologies for developers and consumers.

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"Launching with little support for console games, 3D TVs present a chicken-and-egg dilemma; consumers are waiting for a critical mass of 3D content to justify the purchase while developers are waiting for an installed base of 3D TVs that justifies the development investment," said graphics technology expert Jon Peddie, president of the Peddie Research Group. "The TriOviz technology serves as an excellent bridging solution. Developers and publishers don't have to invest in multiple 3D solutions for multiple platforms, and consumers can play the same 3D console title on their existing HDTVs and then on their new 3D TVs."

TriOviz for Games leverages existing three dimensional graphics information within each game to greatly enhance the depth-of-field. Unlike other 3D solutions, frames in the game are only rendered once, so there is no notable performance hit on even the most demanding console games. The SDK works as a shader in the game engine - supporting popular and proprietary engines, requiring as little as a couple of days or weeks to implement.

The new 3D TV SDK delivers seamless integration, faster GPU performance and up to 1080p full HD resolution for console games.

Darkworks announces that it has completed the Tools & Middleware License Agreement for PlayStation(R)3 with SCEI. An evaluation package of the TriOviz for Games SDK is now available to registered PlayStation(R)3 developers via the DevNet website.

"Darkworks is the logical 3D partner for console games publishers, given its two years of R&D commitment to making quality 3D easy and performance-effective to adopt across titles and franchises," commented Alexis Arragon, Product Manager at Darkworks. "Game development and production budgets are big investments and, with the current lack of comprehensive 3D standards, it is daunting for top publishers to think about teams developing support for a all 3D formats. TriOviz for Games SDK offers one solution for consoles, PC, and 100 percent of consumer television formats. Teams focused on their milestones can count on the Darkworks team's support for the 3D implementation, even though QA testing and promotion of TriOviz-enabled titles."

    Key Features of TriOviz for Games SDK

    - One 3D Software Solution for AAA Console Games Across All SD, HD and 3D
      TVs: TriOviz for Games works high-end platforms including
      PlayStation(R)3 ; delivering an immersive 3D experience to the most
      demanding games while maintaining performance, game play and content

    - Low-Impact Integration for High-Impact Return: TriOviz for Games
      requires minimal man-hours to implement and provides one solution for
      all consumers, removing the risk in forecasting 3D technology adoption.

The first game implementing the Darkworks 3D SDK, Batman: Arkham Aslyum Game of the Year Edition for PlayStation(R)3, shipped in May of this year to positive reviews; more TriOviz-enabled titles will be announced in the coming months.

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About Darkworks SA

Founded in 1998 by Antoine Villette and Guillaume Gouraud, Darkworks is a VC-backed original IP house based in Paris, France. In addition to game and IP development activities such as the critically-acclaimed Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare and Cold Fear, Darkworks develops future generation R&D. Darkworks SA has partnered with TriOviz SAS to deliver 3D stereoscopic game technology through its Darkworks R&D. Darkworks is an official PlayStation(R)3 Tools & Middleware provider in the Graphics technology field.

About TriOviz SAS

TriOviz is an innovative Paris-based company specialized in computer vision science and stereoscopic 3D applications. After three years of R&D, TriOviz has launched a brand new technology to display the 3D experience on regular 2D TV screens with incredible quality. Unlike the red-and-blue 3D glasses of the past, the innovative TriOviz Glasses and Image Processing allow to enjoy 3D entertainment on 2D screens with pleasant and natural colors, comfortable experience and sharp images. TriOviz allows 3D contents to be quickly released on DVD, Blu-Ray(R), Broadcast TV, IPTV, VoD and Video Games. TriOviz technology now supports HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4 output for a full 3D compatibility with new 3D TVs. TriOviz breakthrough technology is live, available today, and unique on the market. TriOviz has been awarded by the French Patent Registration Office (INPI) and received its 2009 Innovation Award. The reward acknowledges TriOviz best practice in an international industrial property and patents strategy. For more information about TriOviz, visit:

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