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Row Interleaved Stereo

Row-interleaved stereo, also referred to as scanline-interleaved, or line blanking stereo, works by interleaving the left and right eye views every other scanline in the display. The stereo hardware then decodes the interlaced signal and either separates them into two separate displays or blanks the even or odd scanlines to display only the left or right eye image at the same time that shutter glasses are polarized in the appropriate way. The only special requirements for the graphics accelerator are that it provide a stencil buffer which is used to generate the alternating scanlines in the final image. This mode is generally supported by low-cost gaming GPUs.