Acer has unveiled a smart new gaming laptop that features a cool 3D screen trick that doesn’t require clunky glasses, with a bunch of titles that will be supported by the hardware from the start.
The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition was showcased at the [email protected] event and features glasses-free 3D gaming using the SpatialLabs TrueGame app (the company also showed off new monitors using the same technology).
How does it work exactly? SpatialLabs uses an eye-tracking solution, along with a stereoscopic 3D display and real-time rendering technology, with preconfigured profiles for different games to help achieve the required three-dimensional experience. Over 50 PC games will be supported in 3D mode at launch – it will be a mix of contemporary and classic offerings – with more to come.
In terms of actual hardware, this display is a 15.6-inch 4K display with a lenticular liquid crystal lens optically bonded to it to create the 3D effect (you can switch back to 2D mode, with just the regular 4K panel, as had need).
The Predator Helios 300 is driven by a choice of Intel Alder Lake processors, up to Core i9 chips, backed by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU and 32GB of DDR5-4800 memory. Storage comes courtesy of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration.
It’s a Windows 11 gaming laptop with Killer Wi-Fi 6E, and wired connectivity includes a Thunderbolt 4 port, along with two USB 3.2 Gen2 connectors (and an HDMI 2.1 port).
For cooling, you get two fans (including a 5th Gen AeroBlade fan, one of Acer’s clever designs with extremely thin blades) and Acer CoolBoost technology to help control internal temperatures.
How much will this small batch cost you? The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition (model PH315-55s) is priced at $3,400 in the US (around AU$4,800) where it will debut in early Q4 (presumably October), but it will release a earlier in Europe, targeting September. out for €3,299 (about £2,800).
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We’ve tried this glasses-free 3D before here at TechRadar and it’s impressive – the tech was showcased by Acer last year (at the time it was theoretically meant to be included in a laptop for creatives using 3D rendering ) . You can think of it as a giant (15-inch) 3DS screen, which produces a pretty nifty three-dimensional effect (made even more immersive on a much bigger screen).
3D chicanery would be nothing without smooth gameplay, of course, but thankfully the Helios 300 packs a lot of power under the hood, giving buyers the option to boost frame rates with a 12th Intel Core i9 processor. generation in tandem with a speedy RTX 3080. discrete graphics card.
On top of that, there’s plenty of fast DDR5 memory, and storage will also be blazing fast given that the NVMe SSDs are arranged in RAID 0 for the fastest performance. In other words, when the full benefits of DirectStorage show up in supported games (starting with Forspoken later this year) on Windows 11, this storage configuration will really make things fly when it comes to render large open world environments.
The catch, of course, is the price, but you didn’t think a gaming laptop with a powerful combo of cutting-edge hardware and a 3D display would be affordable, did you? For those who want to experience 3D gaming (on some titles) without the need for bulky glasses, the considerable expense might be worth it to get a laptop that packs something really different in terms of features.