Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Comic-Con, Entertainment, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Star Wars Chess is Becoming a (Virtual) Reality

One of ways how the new technologies will enable future realities is through entertainment. After all, Six Flags is putting VR experiences on its roller coaster rides. Now, what if experiences from the past come to life? Especially if we are talking about movie effects. One such movie effect is coming to life thanks to Phil Tippet, movie magician that worked on dozens of AAA movie titles, including legendary Star Wars. The “Let the Wookie Win” scene from Star Wars IV: A New Hope with holographic chess long belonged to the Hollywood prop magic. In the scene, Luke Skywalker is getting acquainted with the light saber, while Chewbacca and

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Breaking, Computex Taipei, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia

Tune in to Nvidia Pascal Livestream on May 6th, 6PM Pacific

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Nvidia Pascal Editor’s Day is taking shape as select group of press, analysts and gaming VIPs are flying to Austin, the capitol of Texas, and then being driven to a W Hotel where the festivities will take place. We already know that Electronic Arts will reveal next installation of Battlefield franchise at 1PM Pacific, 10PM Central European Time while we can now deliver the news that the public part of Pascal Editor’s Day will take place at 6PM Pacific, Midnight Zulu i.e. GMT, and 2AM in Europe. Conveniently for Asian markets, the stream will take place in the morning hours on Saturday, i.e. weekend. Previous launches almost

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AMD, Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia

Leslie Pirritano Joins AMD, Builds a Furyosa Gaming PC

Leslie Pirritano, Your Best Friend, AMD

If you are in the game development community, one of best kept secrets in the industry is Leslie Pirritano. A person whose interests include priesthood (she did marry two of my friends) is not exactly who you would expect handling game developers. Then again, people like her were the ones that enabled the gaming industry as we know it today, crossing the (corporate) boundaries in order to create best possible experiences. Leslie worked on orchestrating one of best Back to School campaigns for Apple Computer in the post-and-pre Jobs era, and then switched to a new cool kid on the block, Nvidia Corporation, where she spent 13 years working

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Breaking, Gaming, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Is WEVR’s theBlu the Ultimate VR Experience?

WEVR theBlu VR Experience: Luminous Abyss

In 1980s, a breakthrough movie came out that influenced a whole generation of film makers. This is a movie where Luc Besson started to make its mark on filmography, with legendary producers like James Cameron saying they were influenced by it, creating Abyss and search for the Titanic. When it comes to Virtual Reality, this young industry just encountered The Big Blue moment with a similar name. Prospective VR startup WEVR gathered almost $40 million through five funding rounds, focusing on delivering “high performance VR playback software for VR producers.”  While mainstream media called them ‘YouTube for VR’, WEVR is not focusing on content distribution but rather enabling VRproducers – should we call

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Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Rumors

Battlefield 5 and GeForce GTX 1080 Reveal on the Same Date

Battlefield V Premiere Landing Page

EA today launched a landing page for the World Premiere of next generation of Battlefield. On May 6th, 2016 at 1 PM Pacific, 4PM Eastern and 9PM British Summer Time, Electronic Arts will hold a live stream announcing the Battlefield 5. This will be the 11th title since this franchise launched in 2002, and probably the most expected one. Star Wars: Battlefront was quite a disappointment and not a single Battlefield title managed to beat Call of Duty from the throne of annual-to-bi-annual franchises that storm the bestselling charts. At the same time, Nvidia is hosting its secretive meeting where the selected invitees will be introduced to GP104 and GP106,

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3D, Breaking, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Best VR Experience? Crytek’s The Climb will Give You Vertigo

Crytek's The Climb, a VR experience

During the E3 2015 show, we managed to play a beta version of Crytek’s “The Cliff”, a Virtual Reality experience that will play tricks with your senses. This ‘game’ can serve either as a cure of fear of heights, or make you scared of heights to the point where you will no longer look down. 10 months later, Crytek released the final version of the game. The Climb places you in a role of an extreme free solo rock climber, taking on some of most difficult climbs you can imagine. All the in-game locations are inspired by the real world, and they will make you feel like when Tom Cruise climbed the Dead

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AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

REVIEW: AMD Radeon Pro Duo Launch

AMD Radeon Pro Duo

After a 10 month journey, the Capsaicin board is (finally) among us. The birth of Radeon Pro Duo was a long one, and we detailed the journey from a product that was supposed to come to market as an R9 Fury X2 to one that AMD launched at the Capsaicin event on the first day of Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. In a way, this is one of first product launches created by the Radeon Technologies Group. Following up on the excellent Wraith heatsink, Radeon Pro Duo shows AMD / RTG will leave no stone unturned to revamp their product line-up and offer more to their customers.

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Breaking, Computex Taipei, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Rumors

16nm MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Leak Ahead of Computex Taipei 2016

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING 8G

Given that we won’t be seeing any high end GPU hardware until the first quarter 2017 (HBM2-powered AMD Vega 10, Nvidia Pascal GP100), the focus for 2016 will be on the mainstream cards. The shift from 28nm to 16nm (Nvidia) and 14nm (AMD) forced the companies to adopt a conservative approach and focus on entry-level and mainstream silicon, rather than the “highest of all ends”. While Nvidia did launch its 15 billion transistor silicon named GP100 i.e. Tesla P100 at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Jen-Hsun Huang did state that real volume shipments will only start in the first quarter of 2017, roughly the same time

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AMD, Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR)

Sony PlayStation NEO Console for VR Revealed?

Sony PlayStation 4 - PS4

According to multiple sources we managed to talk to during the last couple of industry conferences, and the story that just break today, Sony is rushing ahead towards introduction of “Playstation 4.5”, codenamed NEO. The company decided to update the console rather than performing a ‘simple’ die shrink, a tactic both Microsoft and Sony utilized over the lifetime of their Playstation 2 and 3, Xbox and 360 consoles. The original plan for NEO was to introduce a 14nm die-shrink of 8-core Jaguar processor and an update of a GCN-based graphics processor. However, a shift from 28nm to 14nm is significantly more complex due to the fact that 28nm process used

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AMD, Breaking, Computex Taipei, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News

AMD Polaris 10 GPU Specifications Revealed?

AMD Polaris 10 i.e. 67DF:C4

A technology rumor website recently published a story detailing the upcoming AMD Polaris 10 GPU, allegedly named “67DF:C4”. As it turns out, a bird sent us screenshots showing the details of the card. While we cannot go into more details in order to protect the source, we can confirm that AMD Polaris 10 engineering samples are varying in clock between 800 and 1050 MHz, depending on the partner. Our original Polaris 10 story is here. What we know so far is that Polaris 10 used to be known as Ellesmere, Baffin is Polaris 11 and Greenland is Vega 10. Apparently, the numbers 10, 11, 12 will not co-relate

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News, press releases, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

CryTek’s VR First Initiative Forms a Partnership with IEEE

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Crytek’s VR First initiative officially launched during the 2016 Game Developers Conference, and this non-profit academic movement is starting to gather steam. After forming the partnerships with initial companies, VR First initiative is expanding with industrial associations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). “Providing laboratories at Universities and Colleges where students can learn and create using state-of-the-art VR tools will be important to prepare the next generation of innovators who will make these technologies a part of our daily lives.” said Tom Coughlin, Director of the IEEE Region 6 and Chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Future Directions Committee. Earlier this year, Frankfurt

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Valve Discuses eSports and Virtual Reality

Fans are watching an eSports tournament live... in quite the substantial numbers, like the recently sold-out Madison Square Garden.

Valve Corporation is an organization responsible for not one, but two of the most popular and influential eSports franchises: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (aka CS:GO) and Dota 2. Given that Virtual Reality (VR) titles debuted strongly, and there are two VR titles in Steam’s Top 10 “Popular New Releases” category, it was a question of time before the potential of a tie-up between eSports and VR  appears. Not surprisingly, VR has that potential to become the social tool like Nintendo Wii once was. In an article on Fortune, Chet Faliszek, game developer and Valve’s VR evangelist talked about the appeal of VR: “While we have The International and events where

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News

Formula 1 Attacks Game Modding Community

F1 Official Logo

The crown organization of Formula 1 is preparing for a sale. The pricing of the deal have been agreed with the majority owner, but the legal team decided to further alienate itself from the increasingly reducing fan base. After Romain Grosjean and the Hass F1 team had to remove their videos – a move that generated over a million views in just 24 hours – faces behind FOM (Formula One Management) and FOWC (Formula One World Championship Limited) are now starting to crack down on game modding community. If you loved to race modified vehicles, or vehicles with their original liveries – that option is all but gone now. News broke that Race

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Auto, Companies, Gaming, Hardware, Nvidia, Space and Science, VR World

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX Gets ATTT Award of Excellence

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The NVIDIA PX autonomous car development platform recently received the Award of Excellence in the Autonomous Driving/AI division. The accolades were handed earlier this week at the 7th Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo exhibition, marking another achievement. It also showcases how the car industry is taking bigger and bigger steps towards autonomous driving. The award is the latest recognition of the key role GPUs – and the AI renaissance sparked by GPU-powered deep learning techniques – are playing as automakers race to offer more sophisticated capabilities. “With NVIDIA’s chips coming into the car industry, autonomous driving has suddenly become a reality,” said Takeshi Natsuno, head of the awards committee

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3D, AMD, Companies, Gaming, Hardware, VR World

Radeon Graphics: The Intersection of Speed and Sophistication in the DirectX 12 Era

AMD Radeon Pro Duo in MAINGEAR System

AMD announced their impressive roster of state-of-the-art DirectX 12 games and engines, each with extensive tuning for the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture at the heart of modern Radeon GPUs. This marks another milestone in the quest to adhere to newer game/application requests, creating a great showcase of performance and visual appeal. This also provides owners of the newest AMD Radeon graphic cards a chance to fully utilize all the advancements of DirectX 12 games, engines and design. This news comes in mid of recent talk and rumors about potential developments by AMD in the field of processors and graphics, giving the fans of the brand

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Exclusive, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia

AMD VR Ready Premium Program Collides with Nvidia VR Ready

Sulon Q VR Headset Inside

It looks like we are heading for a return to brick and mortar stores. After years of online shopping, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality demand to be experienced in the real world, and that’s where the battle will be lead. Who will buy what computer will strongly depend on level of fidelity and immersion. This is inevitably leading to a situation where AMD / RTG will square off versus an old ‘nemesis’, Nvidia. Strong competition between these two vendors led to better performance, better experience and most importantly, price wars. Back on E3 of 2015, AMD announced the R9 Fury X at $650 price point. AMD’s “Launch

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AMD, Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Hardware, Intel, News, VR World

Intel’s Skull Canyon Micro Gaming PC Supports AMD XConnect

Intel Skull Canyon

Intel hosted its GDC media conference at The Box meeting venue in San Francisco, and the company demonstrated its commitment to the gaming community. Intel sees gaming market as a leading entertainment revenue driver by 2019-2021 (in alignment with predictions by Jon Peddie Research, Gartner, Gaming Business Review, DBI Intelligence etc.), and is making steps to make gaming pervasive entertainment experience. The company reorganized its desktop division last year and instituted new executive team that focuses on improving the gaming experience. One of results of those moves were focusing on human resources and bringing talented engineers back from mobile and other business divisions. We discussed this newly found focus with key

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Gaming, VR World

Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim DLC To Launch Next Week

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Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim DLC is coming next week! Gamers worldwide will be happy to know it’s been confirmed that the additional content will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 22nd for all Season Pass owners. Everyone else, you’ll have to wait until 5th of April to purchase the DLC and play additional maps, play as new heroes, use new weapons and enjoy plenty of new features that are coming with this update. Electronic Arts is definitely making a great case for themselves and the Seasons Pass showcase. This was all revealed in an Outer Rim DLC stream made

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Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, press releases, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

10 Ways NVIDIA is Making VR a Reality

NVIDIA Virtual Reality Track

We received a news release from NVIDIA which explains the company efforts on driving the Virtual Reality. On Game Developers Conference, NVIDIA unleased VRWorks – its Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing VR experiences on GeForce and Tegra hardware. In a way, the battle will heat up between different software development packages, especially between AMD’s LiquidVR, a continuation of Mantle API development, and NVIDIA’s GameWorks / VRWorks. VRWorks is a successor to GameWorks VR, which the company debuted last year – and presents a shift in thinking from gaming titles only into wholesome experiences (VR gaming, VR education, VR experiences, VR videos). We are providing you with

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Breaking, Business, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, News, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

CryTek’s New Business Model: VR First, Pay What You Want

CryTek launches CryEngine V

A trip that every entrepreneur takes is a risky one. Some 15 years ago, a small company from Germany came up with a 3D engine that drove incredible experiences in the form of Far Cry franchise. 12 years later, CryTek has evolved from being a game developer into an engine company with the latest CryEngine release presents the next step in evolution. First and foremost, CRYENGINE V is now free. The company is adopting the “Pay What You Want” model, and shifting from today’s business model into a model that will see the company grow beyond being a game engine technology company. The new strategy started with collaboration with Amazon on

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