AMD, Gaming, VR World

AMD Gaming Evolved Gets Updated

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It seems that streaming is ‘all the rage’ right now. Showcasing your skills, giving fans across the world access to your gaming and showing your neat tricks. This is basically what’s it all about. Thanks to AMD’s Gaming Evolved this is now even simpler and even more easy to use. We’ve talked a lot about the future of streaming/showcases of gameplay in recent months. For certain games, giving the individuals a first eye witness into the world of pro’s and other popular players is the way to go. Simply put, it increases the popularity and allows gamers, specially with certain titles, to earn more money than ever

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Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

New Unity Beta Released with Enhanced VR

Unity Engine

Unity Technology’s Alex Lian announced during GDC 2016 that the latest public beta of the Unity engine is now available to download. Listed as version 5.4, the updated platform is now available to all developers, even those who are using Unity Personal Edition. The beta promises updated graphics, better performance, a tighter Unity IAP integration, and a “major” upgrade to VR rendering. “We listened to what you had to say about the quality of final releases, so in order to get more feedback on real life use before we push anything to final, we’ve decided to release Unity 5.4 as a beta,” Lian said in

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Breaking, Business, Gaming, News

JPR: No more Nintendo Consoles?

On a morning brief about the state of gaming industry, analyst firm Jon Peddie Research gave out details on the size of overall gaming market, focusing on the hardware aspect. In the slide detailing the console wars, we saw that SONY shipped 36 million PlayStation 4 consoles, taking 55% of the overall console market. Microsoft is stuck firm in the second spot with 39%, while Nintendo is dead last with 6%. Which prompted Jon Peddie to say “I don’t believe we will see the next generation console from Nintendo.” The story is different when it comes to the handheld gaming market, where Nintendo occupies 83% of the market, with Sony

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Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Manus VR Glove Dev Kit Pre-Orders to Open for $250

Manus VR gloves

On Thursday, Manus VR said that pre-orders for the first Manus glove developer kit (DK1) will open its doors in Q2 2016. For $250, the kit will contain one pair of VR gloves, two wrist-mounted holders for the HTC Vive controller, various cables, plug-ins for the Unity and Unreal engines, an open-source SDK for five operating systems, and a demo game for each of those platforms. The kit will ship out to customers in Q3 2016. Currently compatible with only the HTC Vive VR headset, the Magus gloves will work on Android, Windows 7 and newer, Linux, Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X platforms. According

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Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

HTC Working on VR Headset For Smartphones, Tablets

HTC Vive

The HTC Vive VR headset is slated to go retail on April 5. Based on Valve Software’s SteamVR platform, the Virtual Reality device packs OLED screens with a resolution of 1080×1200 per eye, and more than seventy sensors. Unlike the upcoming Oculus Rift, the Vive can work in a space of 15 feet by 15 feet, allowing users to move around the virtual world. However, the headset will cost a meaty $799 and require a somewhat beefy PC to support it. So what if you don’t have an extra $799 to spend on VR? There’s always the Samsung Gear VR for $99, but that requires a

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Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Zotac Uses GeForce GPU for VR-Ready Mini-PC

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Looking for a PC ready for virtual reality? If you’re not looking to build a Virtual Reality Computer, Zotac may have what you’re looking for with the upcoming launch of its MAGNUS EN980. It’s actually a ZBOX mini-PC that not only packs a VR punch, but presumably saves space on your desktop or living room tabletop. It also sports a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU (mobile version?) and a sixth-generation Intel Skylake processor, making this unit a possible candidate for the upcoming Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset. The company says the MAGNUS EN980 is its most powerful ZBOX unit to date that “goes beyond

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Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

OTOY Ported CUDA to Non-NVIDIA Hardware

OTOY Render CUDA code running on AMD FirePro

VentureBeat reports that Los Angeles-based OTOY managed to reverse engineer Nvidia’s CUDA language to run on chips other than Nvidia’s own GPUs. That means programs written in the CUDA language can now run on GPUs provided by Intel, AMD, and ARM. Thus, software built for NVIDIA GPUs will work on a multitude of devices ranging from an AMD-based console (PlayStaton 4, Xbox One) to an Apple iPad or iPhone. The cloud rendering company launched in January 2009, and has developed a technology that uses “clusters of GPUs” in the cloud to render cinema-quality graphics that’s streamed to a client within a web browser. The company also provides

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Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Apple iPhone VR Headsets Arriving This Fall?

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Last month, Mark Zuckerberg said that since the launch of Samsung’s Gear VR back in November 2015, more than a million hours of video have been consumed using the device. He said the response to Gear VR has been “incredibly strong,” and creates the best mainstream VR experience by combining Facebook’s Oculus-based technology and Samsung hardware. The drawback to Gear VR is that it’s compatible with only a few select Samsung phones. Google Cardboard VR, on the other hand, is a cheaper alternative that has the same basic principle: slide the phone in and load up a special app. The good thing with Cardboard is that

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News, VR World

Fantasy Sports Games are Gambling & Legal in Virginia

HBO dedicated a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver show to the problem of online gambling.

Ever since the ‘fantasy sports’ entertainment genre appeared on sites like Yahoo!, it was clear that sooner or later, the monetization craze will start. Today, we have two fantasy gambling websites, Draft Kings and FanDuel – fighting to become a legal form of spending your real money on betting. Perhaps the best explanation about ‘fantasy betting’ was done by John Oliver from HBO. If you’re unaware of what’s going on with fantasy gaming / gambling, please check the video below: In Virginia, they got just that. While the Fantasy Sports Act doesn’t exactly qualify Fantasy Sports as gambling per se (and would face scrutiny of Federal agencies), the

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Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Developers Says PlayStation VR is The Best

Sony PlayStation VR

WCCFTech recently spoke with developer Alfonso del Cerro, the founder of Pentadimensional Games, in a short interview about creating the upcoming first-person superhero game, Megaton Rainfall. This will be one of the first titles on Sony’s highly-anticipated PlayStation VR headset and is also slated to arrive on the PC. He said Sony first showed interest in the game when the company played it last year at GDC 2015. “They were looking for projects for PSVR and I was showcasing MR at the Indie Megabooth,” he told the site. “Since then, they have been very friendly, they helped us with the visibility, showing the game in videos,

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Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Valve Releases Session 1, 2 of SteamVR Dev Roundtable

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Last week, Valve Software published the first session of its SteamVR Developer Roundtable, featuring VR developers Justin Liebregts (Cloudlands Minigolf), Andy Moore (Fantastic Contraption), Dylan Fitterer (Audioshield), Richard Stitselaar (Arizona Sunshine), Dave Walsh (Elite Dangerous), and Joachim Holmér (Budget Cuts). These “pioneers” spent just over 26 minutes talking about their experience developing virtual reality games for the SteamVR platform and the upcoming HTC Vive. The video opens up with Andy Moore talking about Fantastic Contraption, a building game for VR. He says most people don’t know how mind-blowing VR can be because they mostly see screenshots. He makes a valid point: after jumping into a

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Breaking, Gaming, News, press releases, Virtual Reality (VR)

Valve Announces The Lab, New VR Experience

Valve Corporation sent out a short press release citing that SteamVR Benchmark is not the only piece of VR software the company is working on. During the next week’s Game Developer’s Conference, the company plans to introduce a compilation of different VR demos, targeting their SteamVR platform (read: HTC Vive). Without further adue, this is the press release in its entirety: “VALVE ANNOUNCES THE LAB March 7, 2016 — Valve has announced plans to debut “The Lab,” a compilation of new VR experiments, at next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. Set in a pocket universe of Aperture Science, “The Lab” offers multiple ways

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3D, Gaming, Graphics, News, Nvidia, Software Programs

NVIDIA Releases First WHQL-Certified Vulkan Driver

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UPDATE March 8, 02:32AM GMT – We learned from NVIDIA that customers might experience issues when installing the drivers. Use ‘clean’ install option, rather than ‘Express’ one. Just a few weeks ago, The Khronos Group released Vulkan API. When the API (Application Program Interface) launched, leading hardware vendors released their beta versions of drivers which support Vulkan API. NVIDIA is first out the door with the WHQL-certified driver. We received word from Brian Burke (Senior PR Manager, NVIDIA) that new GeForce driver v364.47 passed Microsoft validation and is available for download. The driver brings the following features: Game Ready – built in game profiles for ideal performance on

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Analysis, Breaking, Business, Gaming, Microsoft, Windows

Tim Sweeney Rightfully Attacks Microsoft over Windows Store

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‘Poor’ Microsoft. The company simply doesn’t know how to do a right move without offending, or simply infringing the rights of its consumers. First Microsoft shoveled Windows 10 Upgrade down everyone’s throats (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 all push Windows 10 upgrade as almost-mandatory), and then started doing potentially anti-trust acts. Windows 10 Store lacks any serious AAA titles – be that gaming or an applications, and it is not getting better with titles that are being released now. The list of AAA gaming titles that experienced severe user-friendly failure test over the past couple of weeks is astounding: Gears of War 10th Anniversary – performance on AMD is

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Gaming, Videos

Video: 5 Reasons Valve Should Make Half-Life 3

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Half Life 2 is still holding its own in terms of play-ability and graphics. The game may be a bit dated, that is true, but it is still looking good in many different areas. On the other hand, we are all eagerly awaiting the sequel for the past few years – with nothing but rumors floating around for the past few years. Half Life 3 is on the top of gaming discussions for a few years now, yielding plenty of possible outcomes, ideas and different scenarios on its story, graphics and release date – above all other. This fan made video showcases five reasons why Valve should make

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Breaking, Gaming, Microsoft, News, VR World

Free Forza Motorsport 6 to arrive in Windows 10 Store

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Windows 10 Store was recently exposed to a healthy dose of criticism showing the issues customers face if they purchase games inside Microsoft’s e-tail platform. Titles such as ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ and ‘Quantum Break’ come with a list of incredible limitations that software developers will really have to remove if Windows Store is to become anything else but “Games for Windows 2”. In order to bring the platform to the level of experience delivered by Valve’s Steam or EA’s Origin, Microsoft prepared a flagship title. This game will utilize all the latest technologies offered by Windows 10. We’re talking about DirectX 12 API, high-resolution textures and support

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AMD, Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Nvidia

DOOM Alpha Benchmark: AMD Dominates over NVIDIA

DOOM Multiplayer Alpha Map

When AMD introduced its Fiji GPU family, the company said that the innovations put into the GPU will give solid performance in applications of today, but that they will ‘kick ass’ as soon as future applications begin to appear. Precisely, two high ranked AMD executives we talked to openly discussed their focus on DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality. As Fiji approached the launch date, NVIDIA countered by launching GeForce GTX 980 Ti, i.e. a $1000 Titan X card with half the memory – for 35% less. Overall winners were gamers, who got an incredible choice, high performing parts for (more) affordable prices. Depending on who you like, you could build

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Breaking, Gaming, Hardware, News

Killer Networking Gains Traction

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Couple of weeks ago we interviewed Michael “Mike” Cubbage, who is working hard on getting that ‘second act’ for the Killer networking technology. This small, but growing company is finding itself in the thick of action, where a often neglected part of our ‘always connected’ life is becoming more important than ever. We’re talking about networking, of course. Since becoming independent of Qualcomm, Killer networking tech really began to take off, and they’re now present in more systems than they were during their time as Bigfoot Networks, and later inside Atheros / Qualcomm Atheros. You can now experience Killer networking technology inside numerous motherboards from ASRock, GigaByte and MSI, both

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Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, News, , Virtual Reality (VR)

The Three Games I Want to Play in VR This Year

Virtual Reality Content around Female Head. Credit: Amelia Rose

Virtual Reality (VR) has undergone an amazing evolution in the last two decades. Can anyone recall the bulky headsets I’ve seen in the 1990s, which offered a less than ideal experience. I’ve tried Fortix VFX-1, which was a capable device, released well ahead of its time, which could have started a VR revolution back then – but failed to become a mainstream technology. But today VR is living its renaissance, with headsets like Oculus Rift and its likes, and can bring on a new revolution. Especially in gaming. The problem with the headset above was the fact that it asked a very steep price, but those were

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Breaking, Gaming, News

King Activision Blizzard is World’s Ninth Country

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Activision Blizzard completed the acquisition of King Digital Entertainment PLC, a game developer mostly known for a viral game hit Candy Crush Saga. The deal is worth $5.9 billion, and the bean counters at Activision Blizzard stated that they expect cumulative effect of $6.25 billion in annual revenue, and approximately $2 billion in operating income. Given that the company achieved $4.65 billion in revenue and $892 million in post-tax profit, this acquisition could pay off in a few years. Overall, the company is hoping to break into the $25+ billion market cap, which should not be too difficult. What makes this deal important is the fact that the number of

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