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Windows 10's new insider build has mixed reality support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 6:01 am

Inside the latest Windows 10 build, we are starting to see Microsoft provide mixed reality developers with support for MR headsets, inside of Windows 10 build 15048.

 

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The latest build provides Mixed Reality developer kit owners to check out a simulation of the demo, but not an actual mixed reality experience. It's also not available easily, as you'll need to enable "Developers Mode" on Windows 10 that will enabled the "Mixed Reality Portal" that includes the demo.

 

If you've got the latest Windows 10 build, you can run the simulation - but without a mixed reality headset, it's kind of useless right now. Interestingly enough, the new "Windows Mixed Reality" portal app removes any reference to HoloLens.

NVIDIA's GTC 2017 will have $30K prizes for VR content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 4:43 am

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference is always a massive technology overload, something I love more and more every year - but at GTC 2017, the company will be awarding $30,000 in cash and prizes for the winners of its VR Content Showcase.

 

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NVIDIA's upcoming VR Content Showcase will see submissions of VR content that isn't gaming, and either has plans to - or already uses NVIDIA GPU technology, including GameWorks, DesignWorks, or VRWorks. Submissions will be accepted for another week, ending on March 15.

 

There will be 10 teams participating in NVIDIA's VR Content Showcase, with each developer receiving space on the show floor to show off their VR content at GTC 2017 - not only that, but they will need to make a presentation in front of a set of judges, for the consideration to win the prizes on offer.

GALAX's upcoming GTX 1080 Ti looks GREAT #dowant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 3:14 am

GALAX is yet another AIB board partner showing off its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, with a custom look - which should arrive as the EXOC Black Edition cooler, and overclocked GPU and hopefully 11GB of GDDR5X.

 

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GALAX will accompany the EXOC Black Edition cooler, with a dual fan - rocking RGB LEDs of course, but the company will be also unleashing its HOF versions somewhere around Computex 2017.

 

Inside, the GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti EXOC will feature 3584 CUDA cores, a GPU that should hit 2GHz easily, and the super-fast 11GB of GDDR5X at 11Gbps offering 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

GTX 1080 Ti overclocked: 63C, Titan X level performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 1:42 am

NVIDIA is about to have yet another high-end/enthusiast graphics card, all the while AMD sits on its hands over Radeon RX Vega - and now we're seeing leaked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti overclocked performance.

 

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This is why I enjoy Chinese forums, as they leak out everything - and now we're seeing the GTX 1080 Ti being overclocked to 2062MHz - while the 11GB of GDDR5X is clocked at 5702MHz (404MHz above the 11Gbps stock speeds of GDDR5X on the GTX 1080 Ti).

 

Running 3DMark, the overclocked GTX 1080 Ti was running at a maximum of just 63C - which is surprisingly cool. The power limit on the GTX 1080 Ti that was tested was hitting 122%, and yet - just 63C load temps.

ZOTAC teases 'the fastest' GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 1:30 am

NVIDIA unveiled its super-fast GeForce GTX 1080 Ti last week, and now all of the AIB partners are coming out swinging their tweaked GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, with today seeing ZOTAC tease the world.

 

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ZOTAC has a simple image teasing a slick new logo for its GTX 1080 Ti, teasing 'The Fastest Is Coming'. It's all we know, but we can see a triple-fan cooler and huge heat sink, so we should see this turning into ZOTAC's infamous GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme graphics card.

Jared Leto for a 'Tron' reboot? That's what the MCP says

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 12:27 am

Fresh from last week's announcement from 'Tron Legacy' director Joseph Kosinski that the plans for a third sequel were in "cryogenic freeze" comes a report that the wheels are back in motion for more 'Tron' adventures.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, it seems that Jared Leto has been offered an unspecified role in a new film, as well as an executive producer title. The report's sources say this film isn't a direct sequel to 'Tron Legacy', but it being sculpted from the aborted 'Tron 3' script. There's currently no word on whether 'Tron Legacy' actors Garret Hedland and Olivia Wilde will join the project, or director Joesph Kosinski.

How to hold the Nintendo Switch handheld properly

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 12:15 am

Nintendo's new handheld Switch hybrid does feel awkward at first, and I've seen lots of people not sure how to actually hold it while they play. So we fired up this quick guide to help everyone out.

 

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When you first slap in the JoyCons into the Switch and play a game, things feel weird. Since the joysticks are aligned on a non-linear axis like an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, and the back is flat instead of contoured, gamers will try to hold it like they would a Wii U. Remember the JoyCons detach into two separate controllers that can be used by two people, and if the joysticks were on the same axis, one player would have the joystick and face buttons on the wrong side.

 

Now I have to say that the Wii U's linear joystick axes combined with a contoured backing made a quite comfortable tablet-controller. The Switch, however, might not be so user friendly to everyone at first. But there's a trick to the Switch handheld: your hands aren't meant to be equally placed.

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Switch JoyCon specs reveal exact Bluetooth range

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2017 10:32 pm

While scouting the Nintendo's European website for Switch manuals I noticed something interesting: a spec sheet that identifies the maximum radio frequency power of the system's JoyCon controllers.

 

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A bunch of Nintendo Switch owners are having problems with their left JoyCons disconnecting. Luckily we don't have that problem. As reported in our JoyCon distance evaluation test, our JoyCons can stretch to an impressive 37 feet away from the system while docked or in handheld mode before disconnecting. Now we know why.

 

As per the Nintendo Switch operating manual on the Nintendo UK site, the Switch's left and right JoyCons both operate at a max Bluetooth 3.0 radio frequency of 6dBm (decibel-milliwats), which equates to 3.98 milliwatts, putting it in the Class 2 range category. According to the SANS Technology Institute, Bluetooth devices are designated Class 2 when they have at least 2.5mW of power, and have an intended range of 10 meters or 33 feet. Our tests coincide with this data, and it's worth noting that Joycons' 3.98 mW is more than the standard 2.5mW so that could account for the extra 7 feet we recorded during the test.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ release pushed back

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2017 9:32 pm

Samsung has announced that they will unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on March 29th at 11:00 AM EDT in New York. There are a lot of rumors about the upcoming phones floating around, and we pretty much know what to expect.

 

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Earlier rumors suggested that the devices will be available on April 21st. However, it now appears that the Korean giant has postponed that date for a week.

 

Evan Blass tweeted that the new date for the release of the S8 duo is April 28th.

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New Halo game in the works, story not written yet

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2017 9:19 pm

343 Industries is making a new Halo game, and they're hiring a narrative director to help pen it's story. Let's just hope it's a lot (lot!) better than Halo 5: Guardian's lackluster story.

 

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I recently predicted that 343i has been working on Halo 6 for quite some time, and that it'd release on Microsoft's new "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console. Alas I was proven wrong, as Phil Spencer recently confirmed that Halo 6 won't be a Scorpio launch game, and based on a new job listing at 343i, it appears they might not have started Halo 6 just yet. Or it could be another Halo game entirely.

 

"343 Industries is looking for an experienced, passionate and highly creative Narrative Director to create engaging, compelling narrative content combined with thrilling gameplay experiences in Halo's epic environments and universe," the job listing states. "The Narrative Director is responsible for developing and overseeing all Narrative content including primary path, cinematic/mission dialogue and much of the fiction related to the game. A Narrative Director is expected to span disciplines, not only crafting story to fit a wide variety of game scenarios and writing the bulk of the game, but also working closely with multiple departments ensuring the success of the overall narrative vision."

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