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Glasses-free 3D coming to new Android phone

The Nintendo 3DS isn't the only portable gaming device that can produce 3D graphics without the need for special glasses. LG's upcoming Optimus 3D phone will achieve a similar effect and has already secured a game publishing partner in Gameloft.

The Optimus 3D will be one of the first smartphones to incorporate the technology, which is known as autostereoscopic 3D. Instead of presenting two side-by-side images on the screen and relying on special glasses lenses to merge those images together, the technology uses tiny mirrors to make it appear as though the flat display has depth.

Gameloft, a prolific mobile gaming publisher, will be releasing special 3D versions of some of its existing mobile games for the Optimus device: N.O.V.A., Asphalt 6, and Let's Golf 2.

The games will be pre-installed on the phone so you'll be able to game in 3D right away. And while the Optimus 3D itself doesn't have a toggle to change the graphical effects, the games will have 3D tuners built into their respective menus.

LG also has a glasses-free 3D tablet on the way, the G-Slate. Since these games will come pre-installed on the Optimus 3D, it's not clear yet if they'll be available in the Android Market and/or if the G-Slate will have them pre-installed as well.

According to retailer eXpansys, The Optimus 3D will be released in the UK on April 25th for £514.99 (sans-contract). Sharp Japan has also produced a phone with similar technology.

Feb 18, 2011

9 comments

  • AlpineGuy - February 22, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    I think it works out to be around $835 USD, not including the contract. SCREW THAT.
  • Timos - February 22, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    @xxbrothawizxx It's £514.99 because it's also a phone you dumbass. Nintendo's 3DS doesn't let you call people, or play GOOD games, that's why it's so much more expensive.
  • majorianmask - February 21, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    I've seen some 3D cameras with glasses free 3D screens at electronic stores nearby, I probably won't buy this but its always fun to look at.
  • BurntToShreds - February 20, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    People payed around 600 USD for the iPhone, so maybe people in the UK would be able to shell out for this. However, maybe it was only because of the Apple nametag on the thing...
  • santaclouse37 - February 20, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    Goddammit. I JUST bought the Vortex (Verizon's equivalent of the Optimus), and now they announce it's gonna be this. This feels exactly like buying a console right before the slim version is announced.
  • xxbrothawizxx - February 19, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Nintendo will always be king because it can deliver this and better for a way cheaper price.£514.99? That is a shit load of money
  • oryandymackie - February 19, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    £514.99. With no contract. I'm sure people will be lining up in the streets to get a hold of the Optimus 3D.
  • Shagnasty - February 19, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    Actually the tablet will require glasses.
  • mackshizzle - February 19, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    I fucking hate Gameloft.

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