Samsung first with 3-D-ready plasma TV

Home TV is about to be turned on its head, as Samsung Electronics Australia proudly celebrates the full availability of the Samsung 450 Series Plasma. Released to the Australian market in June 2008, the 450 boldly goes where no television has gone before: bringing 3-D television and gaming into Australian lounge rooms.

Supporting Samsung’s world first 3-D ready plasma, major film studios like Pixar and Dreamworks together with video game studios are investing considerable amounts of money in the development of 3-D content for home entertainment.

The 450 Series Plasma not only supports existing 3-D content but is also able to create 3-D viewing when playing back ordinary 2-D DVDs. Using world’s first technology from DDD the Samsung 450 runs software that is able to analyse the DVD footage in real time and add a 3-D effect for a ground-breaking home viewing experience.

Adding to the impressive list of “firsts”, the 450 Plasma is also the first and only plasma television on the Australian market with Real 100Hz. The technology increases the frame rate by inserting an intelligently calculated “middle frame” to deliver smoother, more realistic display of motion.

Not stopping at what’s inside, the unit also adheres to Samsung’s ethos of design that performs – delivering a simple and stylish unit into the lounge room.

“3-D TV used to be a dream – something you’d see in futuristic film or at a theme park. The availability of 3-D content in games or movie format is growing quickly so we’re excited to plug the gap with Australia’s first 3-D Plasma TV. I was very pleasantly surprised when I first saw this 3-D big screen experience,” said Erin Anderson – Product Manager CTV, Samsung Australia.

Headquartered in Perth with offices globally, DDD (LSE:DDD.L), has won the exclusive rights to develop and produce 3-D software and content for Samsung’s 450 Plasma TVs worldwide.

“3-D is here to stay, with Hollywood studios producing hugely successful 3-D movies for cinema audiences. Right now, many of the most popular PC games can be experienced in 3-D, on Samsung’s 450 series Plasma TVs using DDD’s TriDef 3-D Experience software and available 3-D glasses. We’re excited to play a key role in Samsung’s commitment to 3-D in the home,” said Nic Beames, Director of Content, DDD.

The 450 Plasma features state-of-the-art technology to compliment its 3-D capabilities whilst remaining at an affordable price for families. The unit features 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio and Filterbright technology – to ensure the clearest picture in a wide range of lighting situations. Samsung’s DNIe+ (Digital Natural Image Engine Plus) is also featured; providing optimal picture quality and the ultimate in natural looking image reproduction.

What you need to get the 3-D effect on the Samsung P450 plasma TV

  • PC and 3-D Glasses required

And the PC spec needed is:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon X800 or better, with a DVI or HDMI output
  • 100MB free disk space
  • Windows XP, Vista (32 Bit)
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • Internet connection
  • Network card
  • DVD-ROM drive and a compatible DVD decoder (such as WinDVD)

Price and availability

The 450 Plasma is available in 42″ and 50″ and retails for $1,899 and $2,529 respectively and is available in all good electronics retailers.

Want to know about more developments in 3-D TV?

GadgetGuy recently published an article 3-D TV – coming soon? – have a read, and see what else is being worked on to get 3-D on our TV screens at home.

Source: Samsung