Earlier this month we shared the news about a 2D-to-3D converter box from Viewsonic. This 2D/3D converter from PrimeDTV is a bit different. It doesn’t change your 2D display into a 3D, it takes 2D content and converts it to 3D.
The PrimeDTV’s PHD-3DX is said to take 2D content and convert it to 3D at 1080p/60Hz. The company recommends that the converter be paired with its PHD-8VX Media Center, which includes an HD tuner and 1080p scaler.
I’ve tried the 2D/3D converters built into some 3D TVs, mostly recently in the LG 55LW5600. I found the results interesting, but hardly comparable to actual 3D content (either shot in 3D or converted in post production). In my experience, 3D conversion in the home can add some depth, but depending on the technology, can make the image worse. It might be best suited for gamers where an immersive experience it sometimes more important than a pristine image.
In any case, PrimeDTV says the 3DX will be available on its web site ePVision.com in August. No word on what the system will cost. You’ll still need your own 3D TV and glasses.