The Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D290 with the huge Nintendo 3DS display is now starting to leave store shelves, but is this the glasses-free 3D *gaming* laptop we’ve all been waiting for? Unfortunately not–at least not yet. It’s a really nice 15-inch laptop in general, with a quad-core Core i7 CPU, 6GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M, a 750GB hard drive and a Blu-ray drive.
It is also equipped with a 1920×1080 (Full HD) panel, which reverts to 1366×768 when you use the laptop in auto-stereoscopic 3D mode. There’s only one downside, and it’s a pretty big one. It can only play 3D Blu-ray disks and other movies that have been designed for the parallax barrier technology, which we assume is what this is about.
Besides the ones for the aforementioned 3DS, there are no games available today that can take advantage of this tech–so far at least. There is talk from NVIDIA and Toshiba both about making games compatible with this type of technology, which we’ll no doubt see more of in the future. Needless to say, gaming is exactly what the Qosmio F755 3D needs to become an instant smash hit.
The fact that they’re working on it is all well and good, but so far we have seen no time tables or deadlines for when we should start to see games that are compatible with this machine. It’s fairly safe to say that it will happen sooner or later. ASUS also showcased a version of the G53SX using what we assume is the exact same technology as the one used in the Qosmio, so there’s no question that it will be implemented as an option for gamers.
It should be added that the Qosmio F775 is a very attractive machine with good overall specs, and hopefully we will see functional gaming on it sooner rather than later. It certainly feels pretty futuristic to watch 3D without those accompanying goggles. For now though, the best options for laptop gaming in 3D is the 3D version of the Alieware M17x R3 or possibly the HP Envy 17 3D.
The Qosmio F775 3D can be found for $1,699 from Toshiba.