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Stereolabs finds the holy grail of mobile VR with their ZED camera

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 4:58 pm

Mobile VR like the Samsung Gear VR or Google's Daydream has two limiting factors right now that prevent it from being as immersive as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. The first is horsepower, but that's something the mobile market makes advances in rapidly. The second is the lack of positional tracking (being able to track a person around a room). That second obstacle has already been solved by Stereolabs, and that solution -- the ZED camera -- is already shipping to developers.



The ZED is a depth sensing camera that currently attaches to any mobile VR headset. A pair of RGB cameras talk to an external GPU, and Stereolabs' custom software calculates a real-time depth map based on the disparity between the images. It's a technique called stereovision, and it actually trumps IR-based technologies like Microsoft's Kinect or Intel's RealSense because it can work outdoors, and over long distances.

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Chattanooga sees wage growth, downtown explosion from fiber access

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Networking | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 4:39 pm

Chattanooga's homeade fiber network has paid dividends and then some: unemployment has dropped to 4.1 percent from 7.8 percent in the past three years and wages are up (which mayor Andy Berke says is directly related to internet jobs and the technology sector), to name a few improvements.




"It changed our conceptions of who we are and what is possible," says Berke. "Before we had never thought of ourselves as a technology city."


The downtown area has exploded as well, with residency doubling, thanks in part to landlords offer gigabit speeds included in rent. Tech businesses and events have shown up in the area too. The revitalized core has paved the way for the success of restaurants, bars, music, and more, too, Berke notes.

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Square Enix wants to bring Star Ocean 5 to PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 3:33 pm

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness aka Star Ocean 5 producer Shuichi Kobayashi says the latest installment in the beloved JRPG series may make its way to PC. In a recent interview with FFDream, he indicated it's more a matter of when and not if, and depends mostly if not entirely on whether they can make it work on a technical level.




FFD : Do you plan to make a PC port of Star Ocean 5?


S.K. : Because it's a fast paced action title, I'm wondering what would be the best way to play it on PC... According to you, what would be the best way to play it?

FFW : With a controller?

S.K. : But in Europe, are people used to play on PC with a controller?

Together : Yes.

S.K. : I see. Of course, if you have a controller, you can play it without any trouble, but I wonder how to do for those who don't have one. That's our main worry and that's the reason why we delayed for the later release of a PC version, to think of a control scheme for players without a controller. ASKA engine, which is used by Tri-Ace to develop Star Ocean 5, allows for fairly easy PC ports, so if we find out a way to solve the control scheme issue, the port would be pretty easy for us, although I can't promise that it would be fast.

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Enter to win The PlayStation 4 & Uncharted 4 Giveaway!

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 3:30 pm



With this year's hottest games featured at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the time has never been better to pick up a gaming console to play them on. Just enter into this free giveaway, and you'll have a shot at winning a PS4 and the genre-defining Uncharted 4 for free!


The perfect addition for any home entertainment center, the PS4 lets you play the hottest games out there with stunning visual clarity and speed. You can also watch your favorite Blu Ray movies on the PS4 and access an entire world of apps, movies, music, and more on the PlayStation Store. Plus, with Uncharted 4 thrown in for free, you can enjoy one of the PS4's most famous and highly-rated exclusives, earning a perfect 10/10 by GameSpot and a MetaCritic score of 93.


Free to enter, this giveaway is too good to pass up.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will reportedly use 4K display, perfect for Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 2:22 pm

Samsung is poised to make a big splash with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, with the company reportedly set to use a 4K display, bumping the resolution up from the current-gen Galaxy S7 with its 1440p display.




If Samsung continues the size and dimensions of the Galaxy S8 close to the Galaxy S7, the S8 will have a display with a huge 806 DPI at 5.5 inches. We should also expect to see dual rear-facing cameras on the Galaxy S8, with those pictures to surely shine on that new 5.5-inch 4K display.




Remember that Samsung works directly with Oculus on the Gear VR headset, which will see the purported 4K display on the Galaxy S8 being a very big deal when it launches. VR is only continuing to grow, and Samsung is in a great position to continue its leadership with mobile VR, especially if the 4K display makes it into the Galaxy S8.

Tencent purchases Clash of Clan developer Supercell for $8.6 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 1:41 pm

It was only in December last year that Chinese giant Tencent purchased the majority stake in League of Legends, and now they're back with another acquisition - this time, it's Supercell - the developer of Clash of Clans.




Last year, Supercell was valued at $5.25 billion, so that's a nice $3 billion in value added over a year. This $8.6 billion acquisition is a big deal, and as The Wall Street Journal said, it makes Tencent the leading company in the personal computer games industry, which is - in the words of Ron Burgundy himself - 'is kind of a big deal'.


Tencent now owns the properties including League of Legends and Clash of Clans, now with Supercell, with the acquisition including Hay Day, Clash Royale and Boom Beach. League of Legends on its own has 27 million daily players, with all of them being on the PC - while Supercell's games seeing over 100 million gamers per day on mobile devices.

Survey: Gaming doesn't even crack Top 5 intended uses for VR

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 10:35 am

I'm someone who zealously champions virtual reality. I'm also a gamer who thinks gaming in VR is the best thing since the Nintendo Gameboy. But when people ask me what will propel VR into the stratosphere and get the technology into homes, I have one confident response: "I'm not sure, but it won't be video games." Today, Greenlight VR's 2016 Virtual Reality Consumer Report has been published and lends some solid data to my speculation. Interestingly, games don't even crack the intended use scenarios.




Greenlight VR polled more than 1200 random people aged 18-60 about a wide range of VR-related topics, including their personal interest in a number of use categories, their attitudes toward adult content in VR, and their purchase intent over the next 12 months. Interestingly, the results indicate that gaming is lower on the list -- not 2nd, not 3rd, but 6th.

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Unity's new 'Adam' demo teases the future of graphics, and VR games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 9:53 am

Unity has released a new real-time rendered short film known as their 'Adam' demo, teasing it during their Unity Europe conference. The company used a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 to render Adam at 2560x1440.



As you can see, it's quite the world that Unity created in a 5-minute video, with some emotive pushes during the short film. It starts off with a Matrix-style unplugging from the system, and into a very District 9, Half-Life 2, this-is-the-future-and-it-sucks feel - all within the Unity engine. What I want to see now are games built with this technology, and even better - VR games built like this.


As one of the comments from 'Jokus Art' on YouTube said: "As soon as these kinds of graphics come to VR games.. I don't think the real-world stands a chance". And yeah, I totally agree.

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GPU-Z now supports AMD's upcoming Polaris-based video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 7:57 am

The latest version of GPU-Z is here, with v0.8.9 including support for AMD's upcoming Polaris-based video cards. It also supports the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, as well as support for reading the values on your overclocked GTX 1070/1080s.




Here's the full skinny on GPU-Z v0.8.9:


  • Added AMD Polaris support
  • Added support for GeForce GTX 1070
  • Added support for reading overclock on GeForce GTX 1070/1080
  • Added BIOS reading for GeForce GTX 1070/1080
  • Added support for NVIDIA Quadro M2000
  • Added support for AMD E8860
  • Fixed memory monitoring sometimes resetting beyond 4 GB usage
  • Fixed double default memory clock on GT220/240
  • Fixed double memory clock on GTxxx cards with GDDR5X
  • Fixed typo in BIOS saving dialog
  • Fixed no GPU selected in dropdown in some rare cases

Intel's Xeon Phi 7290, their most expensive chip yet, has 72 CPU cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 6:32 am

While there might be a 1000-core processor in the wild, we won't see it in consumer or prosumer machines in that form, ever - at least not until the likes of Intel or AMD can hit 1000 processors on a single chip. Well, Intel is getting closer with its new Xeon Phi 7290 processor, which has 72 CPU cores.




Intel's new Xeon Phi 7290 is the fastest processor the company has released, and it's also their most expensive. The new Xeon Phi 7290 has 72 processing cores at 1.5GHz each, with Intel sending them out in September, with a huge price tag of $6294. Intel's next-gen Xeon Phi 7290 doesn't rely on the PCIe bus, allowing it to handle a much higher wider variety of workloads, and configurations that aren't supported by usual accelerators.


Intel has included 16GB of HBM with 490GB/sec of memory bandwidth for applications that are memory bound, while the dual-port Intel Omni-Path Fabric makes an appearance, reducing the cost of Intel's new Xeon Phi 7290, in terms of cost, power consumption and space required. The new Xeon Phi 7290 is one of four new processors, with the new chips packaged very similar to video cards, functioning as primary processors, or co-processors - depending on the use.

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