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LG Optimus 3D receives 3D game converter

Going 3D (stereoscopic 3D, that is) seems to be the in thing these days – first we have 3D TVs to help usher in 3D movies to the living room, nearly every other movie that appears on the silver screen today also sports a 3D version in order to rake in more moolah, and even gaming has taken the 3D route – see the Nintendo 3DS as well as 3D-capable titles on a PC and the console platform? Heck, even stereoscopic 3D has arrived on the world of smartphones now, with the LG Optimus 3D being one of them. I’ve tried out some native 3D games on the LG Optimus 3D recently, and they do look good although my eyes tend to get tired after a while since it requires no glasses to wear, and when you move the handset around during the more frantic moments of gameplay, the viewing angle gets skewed – which is why my eyes need to constantly readjust themselves. Definitely far different from viewing 3D photos on the smartphone, that works brilliantly, but for now we’re talking 3D games on the LG Optimus 3D. If you have some 2D games on it and wondered how it will work in 3D, LG has released a 3D Game Converter app. This exclusive 3D Game Converter recently received plenty of interest at IFA 2011 in Germany, and is already available for download for LG Optimus 3D smartphone owners. It is part of the first Maintenance Release (MR), and the software will have hit Europe alraedy, while rolling out in other regions over the course of the next few weeks. Touted to be the first software engine which enables smartphone users to transform Open GL-based 2D games into 3D, while boasting the option to switch back to 2D again at any time, can you say, “How cool is that”? It would definitely be fun to see how older 2D games are converted – will the software be smart enough to be able to figure out what to put “behind” in terms of depth, and which sprite should be up in front? As long as your 2D game is based on Open GL and runs in landscape mode, the 3D Game Converter app will play nice to it – changing modes between 3D and 2D is just a flick of the 3D Hot Key away. You can install the 3D Game Converter automatically via WiFi by checking for software updates directly on the phone’s settings menu. ]]>