Seriously. If there is one game worth upgrading to 3D for it's Diablo 3.
- The 'blur' is much improved. Things are razor sharp in 3D.
- Many spell effects look *amazing*, almost as if they were designed more for 3D then 2D.
- Weather and the like has to be seen to be believed.
- 'Deep' landscapes like Warrior's Rest and Act 4...yeah. Wow.
After an earlier thread I've got a few ingame messages and requests on forums to help people with their 3D. Didn't expect it to be this popular - but to be fair D3 is *really* good in 3D, if you know how to set it up.
If this is better suited to the general forums, please can it be moved?
Basically, this guide will explain how to set up and tweak your Nvidia 3D vision to work well with Diablo 3.
A few things:
- This does not cover TV based 3D solutions or ATI cards.
- Nonetheless please feel free to post here if you have any questions regarding 3D in general or Diablo 3 specifically.
- Credit to a lot of these tweaks goes to Alchovich. Good on ye, mate!
The Basics: What Do You Need?
- A pair of 3D glasses, preferably 3D Vision Nvidia (which this guide is based on).
- A 3D Vision compatible screen.
- A fairly powerful graphics card.
> For those looking to purchase a setup, I would recommend the 24" BenQ 3D Vision 2 screen or the Asus 278H, both include Lightboost technology which is well worth the cost of admission.
If you tried playing Diablo 3 in 3D without tweaking any settings, this is what you are seeing:
- Text floating high above everything else.
- Certain things merging into other things, making your eyes water.
- Loot and the like 'popping out' too much.
- Everything sunken deep into the screen, giving it a 'fishbowl' look.
- Lack of awesome 3D feel.
- Crap performance.
- Horrible issues with shadows when multiple lights are present.
- Dark and/or washed out colours.
This guide should help with all of the above.
- Go to your Nvidia Control Panel and open up the Stereoscopic 3D options.
- Enable Advanced Controls.
- <Optional> If you are running at a high resolution on anything less than a GTX 480, I suggest you disable Ambient Occlusion if it is enabled. If your framerate is less than optimal, set this to Performance.
- Go to your Desktop Colour Settings.
- Check 'use Nvidia settings'.
- Turn Digital Vibrance up to between 60-70%
- <Optional> If you are running a 3D Vision 1 setup, turn Brightness to about 70%.
- In the Diablo 3 options:
- Set shadows to Off.
- Depending on performance, you may want to turn AA off too.
- Enter the game and find a safe spot, preferably by a tall tree or building.
- Enable 3D if you haven't already (Ctrl+T).
- Position the cursor above your character's head.
- Use Ctrl+F6 to 'lower' the cursor until it's floating just above your character's head. This will also apply to loot and most text.
- Use Ctrl+F5 to raise this if needed - if your cursor 'shimmers' through high objects like the buildings/trees you may want to raise this.
- Use Ctrl+F4 to add some depth. I like 10 bars personally, but I can go as high as 3/4 full without my eyeballs wanting to explode. As you get used to it, increase this number.
- Hit Ctrl+F7 when you are happy to save your settings.
Tips and Tricks
1) If you see the cursor 'shimmer' into things, it means that the convergence is too low. Turn it up with Ctrl+F5, but be aware that this is going to increase the 'text float' issue too. Find a balance that you like.
2) If you start to feel headachey or sick, lower the depth a bit. If it persists, go and take a walk outside to help your eyes relax.
3) Using 3D generally results in a loss of colour and brightness, especially on 3D Vision 1 based displays. There are a few ways to counter this.
- Use the Nvidia 'Digital Vibrance' setting. Crank it up to around 70-80% before using 3D and you will see a huge difference.
- Turning up your contrast can help with colours, but can also increase 'crosstalk' if you are playing a very bright game (see: Portal 2).
- Ingame Gamma can also help.
4) Play the game in a darkened room if you can, to maximise brightness.
5) If you want a really good test of 3D, go and play the outside area to the West of Tristram. The trees should pop out of your screen, as should the crows.
What are those weird spidery black things everywhere inside a dungeon?
Shadows. There is a horrible bug at present which stops them from rendering correctly in 3D indoors. Just turn them off for now.
Help! My framerate is crap in 3D mode!
Not a question, but yes - 3D can hurt your FPS a touch. A few things that may help you are:
- Turn off ambient occlusion.
- Turn off AA
- Download the latest Nvidia drivers.
- Lower your settings slightly.
What is Diablo 3 like in 3D?
It's not for everyone, but if you have the power to run it maxed out it is pretty damn amazing. Everything looks sharper, for starters and you can really see some nifty use of pop-out at times.
Can 3D mess up your eyes?
Maybe. Diablo 3 and other 'good' games with 3D don't seem to affect me. Extended 3D movie watching (due to lower refresh rate) and certain 'bad' 3D games (Starcraft 2 for one) definately give me eyestrain after a few hours.
Will this work for Starcraft 2?
Yes and no. Starcraft 2 uses it's own 3D support system which quite frankly...isn't very good. It's 100% fine with a bit of tweaking for regular SC2, but not custom maps.
Try using the ingame settings to reduce both Convergence and Seperation a touch from the start. Oh, and if you change your zoom you need to change your settings.