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I've read in various places that the Xbox 360 only supports 3D through 2D-to-3D conversion technologies such as LG's 2D-to-3D conversion (not meant to be an advertisement, I swear).

I notice the back of the Gears of War 3 box says that it supports 3D. Does this mean it supports 3D through 2D-to-3D conversion using component cables (broadcasting a special signal optimized for conversion to 3D) or should I upgrade my Xbox 360 to one of the new ones that supports HDMI at the same time I pick up my new TV tomorrow?

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I can't authoritatively state this (so I'm putting it in a comment), but I'm fairly sure that 3D display is only supported via a digital connector (HDMI, DVI, Thunderbolt, etc). –  CyberSkull Sep 25 '11 at 10:30

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You can use component cables to play Gears 3 in 3D. I just did on my own HDMI-less console. You might get a better image quality with the HDMI, but the 3D affect does work with component cables.

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Yes, I noticed that Gears 3 uses a side-by-side stereoscopic picture rather than a 3D signal (like the PS3) and the TV can convert that to a 3D picture. Kinda lame on Microsoft's part not to mention that as I already bought the new console. Oh well, this one is quieter anyway (it doesn't sound like a helicopter taking off). On another note, not all 3D TVs will support a signal that large through component (I didn't even bother trying with my TV). –  KPthunder Oct 11 '11 at 16:13

I just called Microsoft at 1-800-4-MY-XBOX and they verified that I do need HDMI in order to play games in 3D.

I did not ask anything about LG's 2D-to-3D conversion. I imagine it would work the same way I used to make 3D images in Photoshop with a single camera. For the right eye you cut a little bit off the left side of the picture and for the left eye you cut a little bit off the right side of the picture. That works, but it of course doesn't match using two cameras to shoot the content.

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