It turns out that 3D is not dead yet, it just feels bad. Maybe the release of Avatar: The Way of Water will start a new 3D boom, as it was with the first part, and so far companies seem to be starting to prepare for it. For example, Acer, which in this year’s update of its lines demonstrated several devices that can reproduce 3D, without the need for special glasses.
The technology used by Acer is called SpatialLabs, and was announced a year ago, and at the end of 2021 appeared in the first device – a professional laptop ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition. Initially, the technology focused mainly on creating content (for example, to facilitate 3D modeling), but now it is also used in games. The developer promises that SpatialLabs TrueGame is already running in 3D over 50 AAA-class games.
So it is quite natural that now the company has announced additional innovations that support SpatialLabs, already outside the professional brand ConceptD.
First, it’s an updated gaming laptop Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition. It can be equipped with a 12-generation Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, 32 GB of RAM and a PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. The 15.6-inch 4K display has an integrated lenticular lens, which in combination with a front stereo camera monitors the position of the user’s head and eyes behind the screen, and special software creates a 3D effect. The Predator Helios 300 should go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2022 at a suggested retail price of $3,400.
In addition to the laptop, this technology will also appear in two portable monitors – Acer SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro. Both monitors have the same characteristics – 15.6” 4K@60 Hz (seems to be the same as in the Predator Helios 300), they differ in that the regular SpatialLabs View is aimed at the average user interested in games and movies while SpatialLabs View Pro is for professional creators. Both screens have 100% sRGB color coverage, a maximum brightness of 323 nits, built-in batteries and USB and HDMI 2.0 ports. To play a 3D image, you need to install special software on the laptop or desktop to which the monitor is connected. These models are expected to go on sale in the summer, starting at $1,100.