Dual Play is Awesome!

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One of the coolest features that I’ve been wanting to try on the LG Cinema 3D TV is the Dual Play. I’ve been playing PS3 games for years on a split screen against my two brothers and it really sucks even if you have a 60 inch TV. As much as you try not to cheat, there’s always someone eyeballing your part of the screen to check your location, specially in shooting games like Call of Duty.

Well all of that has changed with LG’s 3D Dual Play where each player sees a full-screen image simply by wearing the Special Dual Play glasses. I thought at first that the 3D glasses you get with the TV are the same ones you use for the Dual Play but as it turns out, there are different ones. I asked LG if they could provide me with the glasses and they were kind enough to do so. In order to understand why they are different and how LG’s passive Dual Play mode works, I did some research and posted below an excerpt from a website that explained it best in my opinion.

3D is achieved by tricking your brain into seeing “depth”. In order to see depth from a 3D TV, each eye has to have a slightly different image. Just like if you were to alternate closing one eye at a time, the image you see with your right eye, will be slightly different that what you saw with your left eye. This is the basis of how your brain is “tricked” into see “depth”. LG achieves this with their polarized TV panel and 3D glasses. Each lens of the polarized glasses has built-in filters that block lines of resolution; normally the left will block the even and the right the odd lines. When Dual Play is activated you’ll see two full screen images on one screen with the naked eye. While viewing through the special glasses made by LG for Dual Play (essentially two left lens in one pair and two right lens in the other pair). One of the images shown will use all even lines of resolution and the other will use all odd lines of resolution. Yielding full screen game play for everyone. All LG Cinema 3D LED with Smart TV have this feature built-in. Each player can see the full game from their own perspective. [Source] [Video]

Dual Play is very easy to set up as you can turn it on and off from the TV’s remote control. There’s one thing I noticed though is that you need to be sitting on the same level as the TV to get an optimal picture. If you are looking up or down at the screen, you might see a bit from the other player’s screen but they are not visible enough to annoy you. I uploaded a small video while playing Black Ops II to show you the different image each Dual Play glass is showing.

Last but not least, the great thing about Dual Play is that it works on any passive 3D TV, which means that you can use it with any console game that supports a split-screen mode, not just a few selected games. I think that’s pretty cool as more people will be able to enjoy this feature.

I know many of you are waiting for the competition to kick off to see who’s gonna win this awesome TV. I will be announcing it on Monday when I post the full review. Until then, I will be enjoying Dual Play Gaming and testing other features.

9 thoughts on “Dual Play is Awesome!

  1. Razmig

    Bought the 47LM6200 few weeks back and which came with the BlueRay 3D DVD player. One of the best investments I made this year. Now waiting for a discount on the LG Wireless Home Theater system.

  2. Sunny

    Hi, I am having trouble with my dual play. My Tv is LG 47LM6700 when i turn the dual play on I can see player 2 as well. I do have my full screen but it gets really annoying when you see the other player. Is it me or is this a common problem? or am I doing something wrong.

      1. Sunny

        Yes i have dual play glasses and turned on dual play as well. But still see player 2. Is it normal or something wrong with my TV perhaps?

  3. Chris

    Hi, my wife and I use dual play on an LG tv set, with the dual play glasses by LG. It works great, basically, but there is some “ghosting” when you can see the other player’s screen, especially if your own screen is very dark. I think this cannot be helped. Still, it’s far better than splitscreen.
    Unfortunately, the image is stretched, and you only see half of the cutscenes, of course. And this will be the case until game developers really start to support this feature and provide something like a “3D-Splitscreen” with pre-compressed half-images that will be stretched to the correct proportions by the dual play mode.
    I hope it will get some support. Even now I think that dual play is one of the best features of 3D TV.


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