Items tagged with gdc2016

The folks at Unity this week at GDC 2016 revealed its stable release of the Unity 5.3.4 game engine along with a beta of Unity 5.4 (you can download it here). Unity is releasing Unity 5.4 as a public beta in the hopes that valuable user feedback will leader to less buggy software for everyone in future releases. There are a number of upgrades included with Unity 5.4 including in-editor artist workflow improvements, VR rendering pipeline optimizations, improved multithreaded rendering, Retina display support, customizable particles which can use Light Probe Proxy Volumes (LPPV) to add more realistic lighting models (this is useful not just for particles, but also dynamic objects), and the ability... Read more...
Steam took the wraps off their new SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode technology late last week, as a tease leading into the Game Developer’s Conference for 2016 being held this week in San Francisco. SteamVR allows gamers to have VR-like experiences in traditional non-VR titles. Today, live at GDC, we got to see first-hand what the new technology was capable of, as well as see what Valve Software is cooking up for full-fledged VR experiences powered by HTC’s Vive. Diving into the true-VR experiences Valve was showing in booths powered by HTC’s Vive VR headset and VR ready systems, HotHardware’s Editor in Chief Dave Altavilla strapped into what he describes as the best VR gaming... Read more...
It's fair to say we're at the early stage of the modern virtual reality and augmented reality movement that's poised to transform the industry. That's evidenced by first generation consumer headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which are promising but also expensive and require a relatively powerful PC to run. The VR/AR category will evolve, though a Canadian startup is taking a stab at what a second generation head mounted display (HMD) might be like and it has the backing of AMD. The startup is Sulon and it's built what it claims is the "first and only all-in-one, tether free, 'wear and play' spatially-aware headset for VR and AR." Called Sulon Q, the Canadian outfit unveiled... Read more...
Today, AMD is holding its “Capsaicin” webcast in which it is talking about all of its latest initiatives in the graphics realm, including virtual reality (VR) and a powerful graphics card that we’ve been talking about for months. On the topic of VR, we all know that it has a huge potential to make waves in the gaming space. High-end VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, both of which are due out shortly, will change the way we interact with media content and the way we play current and future games. But what about the potential for VR outside the gaming space? One potential is in the education sector, so AMD has partnered up with powerhouse developer Crytek.... Read more...