Viewsonic VPD31 3D box

3D is a subject that splits opinion more so than the shady goings on in Roswell, New Mexico in the 50s. When viewed at a cinema, and most importantly, on an iMax there’s no doubt about the merits of the tech, when we laid eye’s on Tron Legacy at our local iMax we were blown away – but where are all the 3D projectors? Well ViewSonic is now has just announced its latest foray into the world of 3D.


Many consumers probably don’t realize that you’ll need an after market solution to get you PS3, Blu-ray and 3D Sky or Virgin to work with a 3D ready projector. In order to connect a 3D source directly to a projector, the content must be in a frame-sequential format. The leading types of 3D are not in this format. So you can get 3D projectors, but they are only really work when connected through a PC. Not an ideal solution, but the ViewSonic’s new box converts 3D signals to work on their DLP projectors.

Their latest box of tricks is designed to convert 3D video content including 3D TV, Blu-Rays and 3D Playstation 3 gaming to work with their impressive range of Home Cinema DLP 3D-ready projectors.

After an impressive unveiling at CES, where it was given the thumbs up from the gaming community, it has quickly become one of the most sought after 3D solutions on the market.

The combined black magic of the VPD31 processor box and some very lightweight PDG-250 3D glasses gives the viewer a super sized 3D experience that only projectors can achieve.

The VPD31 is compatible with ViewSonic’s range of 3D ready DLP Link 3D/120Hz projectors and features dual HDMI v1.4a inputs and one HDMI v1.3 output to enable a scalable 3D projection without losing visual quality.

To further enhance this 3D experience, ViewSonic’s second-generation PGD-250 3D glasses have been designed to be a hell of a lot more stylish, although were not sure who they are kidding, it’s like making shell suits stylish – a complete waste of time. But at least they’re foldable and lightweight compared to other options on the market.

With impressive resistance against ambient light interference and a long effective distance of 12 meters, the glasses also feature an impressive 44 hours of continuous use battery life and are rechargeable via mini USB port on the arm of the glasses

Trevor Holt, European Product Manager – Projectors, ViewSonic Europe, commented: “After a slow start in 2010, Ovum has predicted that 2011 will see sales of 3D hardware rapidly grow as prices drop due to increased competition.”

So there you have a 3D projector experience that won’t set you back a year’s wage – the box comes in a very reasonable £299 and you can get a Viewsonic 3D 1080p ready projector for as little as £700.

Bought a 3D TV recently? Wished you hadn’t? The ViewSonic VPD31 is available now.