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Valve and HTC might release a next-gen Vive 2.0 headset by early 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 11:25 am

Valve and HTC released the Vive headset just a few months ago, and have quickly become the favorite VR headset amongst VR enthusiasts and gamers. To add fuel to the fire, rumors are suggesting Valve and HTC are getting ready to announce a next-gen Vive headset, with an updated "HTC Vive 2.0" in the works.

 

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It would be foolish to think HTC and Valve aren't working on a successor to the Vive, but another generation ahead of Oculus before Oculus has its Touch controllers in consumers' hands? That's a new reality, and according to suppliers of HTC, it's going to happen in the next 6-8 months with a new sleeker design, and upgraded components.

 

Reports are suggesting a new Vive 2.0 headset will be released late this year, or early 2017. If the rumors are true, HTC and Valve could really begin to dominate the VR market since the Oculus Rift isn't room scale, and the Touch controllers aren't out yet. The company has been facing consumer backlash over its various DRM efforts, with the company rewinding on promises it made before the Rift manifested into reality.

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NVIDIA's new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers released, supports Raw Data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 7:27 am

NVIDIA has just released its new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers, which are Game Ready for a bunch of new VR titles that NVIDIA has just released - including VR Funhouse. You can download the new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers here.

 

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There's also support for Everest VR, Obduction (from the makers of Myst), Raw Data, and The Assembly. As for the changelog on NVIDIA's new GeForce 368.81 WHQL drivers, here's what you'll need to know:

 

Game Ready

  • Provides the optimal experience for new and upcoming Virtual Reality titles including NVIDIA VR Funhouse, Everest VR, Obduction, Raw Data, and The Assembly.

 

New Features

 

Ansel Support

  • Supports the new Ansel technology now available in Mirror's Edge Catalyst, which allows you to compose your shots from any angle, capture in 2D, 360°, and adjust with post-process filters.

 

Virtual Reality

  • VR Ready GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 980 Ti customers can download NVIDIA VR Funhouse from Steam today.

 

Application SLI Profiles

  • Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
  • -Obduction - disabled SLI

 

3D Vision Profiles

  • Added or updated the following 3DV profiles:
  • -Obduction - not recommended

 

Windows 10 Fixed Issues

 

GPU Boost not applied to VR games. [1778552]

  • Vive does not work with mini-DisplayPort on the Link Box. [200217901]
  • [ArcheAge] The GameGuard module crashes in nvinit.dll when CreateProcess() is called with parameters greater than 260 bytes. [200210594]
  • [GeForce GTX 970M] NVIDIA reference driver support requested for GIGABYTE P55Wv5. [1783058]
  • [GP104] Corruption seen when booting on DVI at or above a 330 MHz pixel clock and an 80 Hz refresh rate. [1782521]
  • [365.10] Tearing occurs in windowed applications after an update to Release 364.xx drivers. [1763731]

 

Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7 Fixed Issues

  • [ArcheAge] The GameGuard module crashes in nvinit.dll when CreateProcess() is called with parameters greater than 260 bytes. [200210594]

Battlefield 1 looks incredible with color correction, and in 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 6:36 am

Battlefield 1 is already looking like one of the best-looking games to be released in 2016, but it looks washed out - unfortunately, that's what war probably looked like back 100 years ago, and that's the look DICE went for.

 

 

YouTuber 'jackfrags' has released a new video from the Battlefield 1 closed alpha phase, with some color correction applied using the BF1 Cinematic Tools released by Hatti Watti. Color correction was used, and the HUD was completely removed - providing an amazing look at a custom Battlefield 1.

 

Let's hope that DICE have seen this, and provide an option for the more colorful, HUD-less Battlefield 1 when it launches later this year. Remember to watch the video in 4K 60FPS, as it's truly glorious.

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 for notebooks should be as fast as desktop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 5:05 am

We're not far away from the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060, and we're already hearing about the mobile variant, which is reportedly not going to have much of a performance difference between the desktop and notebook parts.

 

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Polish website Purepc is reporting that the only difference between the GeForce GTX 1060 on the notebook and desktop is the clock speeds, where they said: "The only difference between the GeForce GTX 1060, for laptops and desktop version, will be reduced core speed. 1405 MHz instead of 1506 MHz in the basic mode, and 1671 MHz instead of 1709 MHz GPU Boost 3.0".

 

If this turns out to be true, the GTX 1060 will usher in a new performance standard for gaming notebooks, where 1080p 60FPS shouldn't a problem. Now we need to know the pricing on GTX 1060-powered gaming notebooks, which should be revealed in the very near future.

AMD's next-gen Vega 10, Vega 11 GPUs spotted in recent OpenCL driver

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 4:27 am

AMD has released its Polaris 10-based Radeon RX 480 into the wild, with the next-gen Vega architecture in the oven, and ready for early 2017. But now we're hearing rumors of the Vega 10 and Vega 11 GPUs, in the middle of 2016.

 

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In the new OpenCL driver, a few new chips were discovered under 'GFX9': Greenland, Raven1X, Vega10 and Vega 11. Greenland is something that has been swinging around the rumor mill for a while now, a new GPU that will reportedly rock 4096 stream processors, and a new SOC v15 architecture.

 

Vega on the other hand is a "high-end architecture for high-end gamers" according to AMD, and has an early 2017 release window. Vega will be the first GPU to utilize the faster HBM2 memory standard, which is something NVIDIA is using on its professional side of things on the Tesla P100 graphics card. Vega will be the first GPU to utilize the faster HBM2 memory standard, which is something NVIDIA is using on its professional side of things on the Tesla P100 graphics card.

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Microsoft is serious about 'ushering true 4K gaming' with Xbox Scorpio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 3:29 am

Microsoft could be ready to fight in a new way with its upcoming Xbox Scorpio console, which will be powered by a new semi-custom design from AMD, where we should see it featuring Polaris-based GPU cores. This power will unleash 4K gaming in the console space, which hasn't been done before - at least not by Sony or Microsoft.

 

 

Aaron Greenberg, the Head of Xbox Games Marketing has talked about Project Scorpio in his latest podcast, where he said that it's a really exciting project that has huge support from Microsoft partners like DICE and Bethesda, as well as Microsoft's own internal studios. Greenberg didn't say much that is new, but he did reiterate that Microsoft is serious about ushering in true 4K gaming.

 

I don't think we're going to see full 4K gaming on the new Xbox, but rather 1080p 60FPS gaming that is upscaled in a way that is better than anything we've seen previously. I wrote a report about AMD acquiring HiAlgo, a firm that works on upscaling technology that is actually very impressive.

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Watch Dogs 2 has 'significantly' better graphics, is also twice as big

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 2:12 am

Ubisoft found itself in hot water over the downgraded graphics in Watch Dogs, and it looks like the publisher has learnt its lesson for its sequel, which is due out very soon.

 

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During an interview with The Evening Standard, Ubisoft Montreal's Dominic Guay - Senior Producer on the Watch Dogs franchise said that the world of Watch Dogs 2 has much bigger than the original. Guay added: "Watch Dogs 2 uses an evolved version of the first opus technology. With many years passing doing R&D on this hardware generation, we were able to expend the game's graphics significantly".

 

Guay also said: "The San Francisco Bay area is a great place to have long view distances with high detail and atmospheric effects. The lighting and effects are more realistic and the world much more detailed and dynamic. The game world is more than twice as big as the open world in Watch Dogs. But beyond size, it is much more of a varied, dynamic, and flavourful setting. It encompasses San Francisco, Oakland, part of Marine county, and a scaled down version of Silicon Valley".

 

Watch Dogs 2 is due out on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 15.

Behind the scenes 'Star Wars: Rogue One' reel hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 16, 2016 1:36 am

With the annual 'Star Wars' celebration currently underway in England, Lucasfilm and Disney turn fans attention to this year's release of the anthology film 'Rogue One' in an attempt to convince fans all is OK with the project after unsettling talk of extensive reshoots broke out last month. By the looks of the stunning three minute behind the scenes reel released this morning, they won't have to much work on their hands.

 

 

Set just before the events of 'A New Hope', 'Rogue One' is set to follow the band of courageous Rebel troops who stole the plans for the first Death Star, which allowed the alliance to pinpoint its weakness. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn and Donnie Yen, the film will serve as the first film outside of the numbered episodes which make up the Skywalker saga.

 

'Rogue One' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on December 16th.

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Google launches Fiber sign-ups in Charlotte, North Carolina

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 15, 2016 11:42 pm

Last year, Google announced Fiber was making its way to another American city in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today, sign-ups for residents and businesses begin: anyone living in Highland Creek can put their name in for Fiber 1000 + TV, Fiber 1000, or Fiber 100 plans ($130, $70, and $50/mo, respectively), with a Fiber phone option for all plans. Meanwhile, eligible small businesses can benefit from one of three new business plans, each debuting in Charlotte.

 

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Google says it will of course expand coverage to more neighbourhoods in the city, but it will take time.

 

The company is also working on bringing a budget 25mbps service for just $15/mo to financially challenged citizens in Charlotte, as well as gigabit internet free of charge to select public and affordable housing buildings. Google says this venture will "build on existing investments, like our support of digital inclusion fellows at the Urban League, Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library."

Homeade Iron Man glove can light things on fire

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Jul 15, 2016 7:09 pm

An Iron Man glove created by laser gadget maker Patrick Priebe is 3,000 times more powerful than a typical laser pointer. As shown by Wired in the demo video below, that's enough to let you indulge your inner pyromaniac a little by igniting cigarettes, ping pong balls, and matches. You can also show up to children's birthday parties and make them cry by popping balloons with it (that's a win my book).

 

 

If you want to get your hands-on one, contract Priebe through his official website. Although after the press he's been getting, you may have to wait awhile for a response.

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