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Dual Play - Full Screen 2 Player Gaming from LG
Split screen gaming on consoles has been around for donkeys years, even the very early console games had the ability for more than one player to play the same game at the same time on a single console. This proved popular with families and also with more serious gamers who liked to compete with each other. This of course was a time when multiplayer online gaming hadn't really taken off. These days of course playing with your friends is more about playing online and talking to each other over headsets. So is the split screen gaming dead? Of course not playing a game with a mate in the same room is still what people would like to do it has a more personal touch.
So if this is the case then why is it more popular to play games over the internet than on the same console? One of the main reasons is the fact that while you are sharing the console you are also sharing the TV screen. You get to see half of the screen for your character and half of it will be for your mates. This has a couple of problems, firstly depending on the size of your TV it can be difficult to see what your ding on your game if you can only use half of the screen. Another would be that the aspect ratio of the picture will be altered which can be slightly off putting, especially if you play the game in single player full screen mode as well. A third reason which only happens on some games but the fact that you can see the other persons half of the screen can lead to a certain amount of cheating. First Person Shooters were particularly at risk from cheating as you would not be able to hide from your opponent or creep up on them because they would obviously see you.
It would be great if you could both have a TV back to back so you couldn't see each others screen. This of course requires you to have a room that can have that amount of space as well as two TV's and two games consoles set up. Not many people can really have this set up or even want this setup in there house. We needed a new solution to this problem and fortunately for us the people at LG took a unique look at the issue and came up with something quite special. They came up with what they call Dual Play. This new technology makes use of the range of 3D TV's that LG manufacture, but they are not used to show a 3D picture in this mode they are used to allow 2 different players to see a full screen image that is different to the others. This is achieved in the same way that a 3D image is shown. When a 3DTV is two show a 3D image it quickly shows 2 different images that are slightly different, the glasses you wear are designed to filter out one of those images. Each eye sees a different image and the brain process a 3D image. in the case of Dual Play the glasses that you use are not left and right eye on each set, the polarization is set so that one pair of glasses sees what the left eye would see and the other will see the right eye image. So instead of a 3D image two people can see 2 completely different images on the TV.
Both players are effectively playing on a full screen TV. You are basically sitting there with the output of two TV's. The technology works with most split screen games, all you have to do is set the TV in Dual Play mode and the TV takes care of the rest. Check out this video below to see how it works.
Many of LG's 3DTV's feature the Dual Play function now so if your picking up a new TV from LG there is a good chance it will have this function built in, but of course if your buying it with this feature in mind then do make sure you check that the model you are buying does indeed have the function and that it includes the Dual Play glasses. Remember normal 3D glasses will not work in this mode they have to be correctly polarized dual play play glasses to take advantage of this split but full screen gaming mode.
List of LG TV's with Dual Play
A list of LG TV's which feature Dual Play Technology are listed below, Check them out to experience multiplayer gaming on a single TV set today. Note : All Dual Play TV's are 3D Televisions
LG LA860W - Sizes below
LG LA790W - Sizes below
LG LA690V - Sizes below
LG LA740V - Sizes below
LG LA660V - Sizes Below
LG LA620V - Sizes below
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