The starter's gun has fired, and Samsung have bolted out of the gates in the race for your 3D TV dollars, with official word that their new range of 3D TV sets will be available in store starting from next week.
Samsung's 3D offering has a couple of key points of difference over their competitors in the #d game. The first of which is the fact that they are offering 3D across all their lineups of TVs: plasmas, LCD and LED backlit LCDs will all have 3D compatible models. What's more, the Samsung TVs will not only play back original 3D material, but will also convert 2D content to a sort of quasi-3D on the fly. They're also confirmed to support all the nine different standards of 3D, which is great if you don't want to buy a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player.
Each of the 3DTVs will come with two pairs of active shutter glasses in the box. You can pick up an extra pair for either $99 or $129 for either a replaceable battery or a rechargeable battery model. Apparently you get about 50 hours worth of use with the replaceable battery, and about 30 with the rechargeable.
The TVs themselves will start from around the $2,500 for a 3D plasma, and around the $3,200 mark for a 3D LED backlit LCD.
And if you happen to pick up a 3D set within the first month (or before stocks run out), Samsung are throwing in a copy of Monsters Vs Aliens 3D on Blu-ray. Sure, you'll probably need to grab a new 3D capable Blu-ray player to watch it, but hey! Free stuff!