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The Game Developers Conference is really beginning to pick up steam, with virtual reality headset makers using the conference to catapult their new VR headsets into the eyes of consumers.
The company behind GDC, UBM Tech, has announced a new standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) that will be held alongside GDC 2016. VRDC will take place during the first two days of GDC 2016, on March 14-15, with UBM Tech saying that the event will include augmented reality, VR headsets, gaming and much more.
UBM Tech said: "Programming for the conference will include valuable content for the burgeoning masses of VR game developers, storytellers, and creators looking to harness the uncharted potential of VR technology for 3D games, CG movies, actual filmed experiences and beyond".
E3 2015 - Attendance at E3 this year saw over 50,000 attendees, which is a first since 2006. Attendance numbers slumped in 2007 and 2008, right down to less than 6,000 - but don't worry, things started swinging up in 2009 right up to over 40,000.
The Entertainment Software Association, the people behind E3, has already announced that E3 2016 will take place between June 14 and 16 in 2016, as well as saying that this year's E3 was a record-breaker. Twitch was the official livestreaming partner of E3 this year, with over 500,000 peak concurrent viewers.
274 exhibitors were at E3 this year, up from just 187 in 2015, too.
Computex 2015 - Yes, they really did call it LEET and it features "Dragon gaming Ethernet" as pointed out in a recently issued press release.
The new LIVA mini PC is coupled with an Intel Core M 14nm chip and featured an Intel 802.11 ac Wi-Fi card, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of M.2 SSD storage and more.
Wrapping up the feature list for the LIVA is Windows 10 Cortana support and voice assistance provided through two inbuilt microphones.
But wait, there's more! ADATA has also announced a series of USB Type-C ready and Apple related products for promotion at the yearly COMPUTEX trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. in a recently issued press release.
Featuring products such as the UE710 Lighting OTG flash drive, an external HD710A Apple HDD, card readers for iPad and iPhones plus a battery pack for the iPhone 6, ADATA really has the Mac market in its sights.
As for USB Type-C, there will be a bunch of flash drives on offer and cables to promote convenience of sharing. There will also be the HD720 waterproof, dust proof and shock-resistant external hard drives on offer.
If gaming isn't quite your thing, ADATA has announced in a recent press release that it will be showcasing some Marvell controller-laden PCIe SSDs and DDR4 RAM for those looking to run Cloud / IoT services.
Boasting speeds of up to 3000MB/s, these new PCIe SSDs claim an improved lifetime due to advanced LDPC technology and further feature Power Loss Protection (PLP) services.
The consumer series' on display will be that of the SP560 and SP550, said to help offer a pathway for regular users to become PC enthusiasts.
Featuring a slew of SSDs and DDR4 memory modules, ADATA announced in its recent press release that we are all in for a treat next week when Computex 2015 kicks off in Taipei, Taiwan.
Company representatives from all over the globe have started arriving in the Taiwan capital in preparation for this yearly trade show, with ADATA announcing one of its main focuses will be that of gaming-driven components.
On the show floor will be the new XPG Z1 DDR4 gaming DRAM, XPG Z2 overclocking gaming memory and SX930 SSDs featuring SLC cache technology and more.
One of the more exciting parts of E3 2015 will be the PC Gaming Show at E3 2015, with AMD teaming up with PC Gamer, with big names like Twitch, Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire and Digital Storm to be participating.
But, there have been a few new developers joining the event, with ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software and Splash Damage joining in the fun. The PC Gaming Show will take place during E3 2015, where Sean 'Day' Plott will be hosting the event at the Belasco Theater in LA on June 16, 2015.
We are expecting to see AMD unveil the Radeon R9 390X at the event, as well as a big concentration on PC gaming and everything that surrounds it.
Tesoro is becoming known as a major player in the wide world of gaming and eSports peripherals, sponsoring numerous teams, tournaments and social media campaigns, they are gaining ground on the long-time players in the industry.
Not only is this company showcasing five new mice, two lightweight headsets, an RGB mechanical keyboard and more at Computex, Tesoro announced that there will be moving in to the PC DIY field of technology.
With a teased release of a new PC chassis coming to market, Tesoro announced in its latest press release that it will "preview concepts for its upcoming line of mini cases" at Computex this year, further commenting that "its initial series of PC chassis that will premiere later this year."
Oculus has just announced the new Mobile VR Jam 2015 event, where the Facebook-owned VR giant wants to see the best new games, apps, and experiences for the Gear VR Innovator Edition.
Strangely, you might have noticed this isn't for its own VR headset, the Rift. This is a mobile event, so the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is at the center of this event. Oculus is putting up a huge $1 million prize pool that will be split in two: one for VR games, and the other for VR experiences and apps. Oculus says: "The Mobile VR Jam is an opportunity to build groundbreaking new experiences in collaboration with other passionate VR pioneers, and win cash prizes for innovative uses of VR-specific interactions and pushing the medium forward".
The Mobile VR Jam 2015 takes place between April 13 and May 11 with the winners announced on June 4. Interesting timing, as it is just ahead of E3 2015, where I expect we can see some very big things for the world of VR, that is, after GDC 2015 comes and goes which is going to be big for VR as it is.
First released as a teaser trailer on YouTube in late 2014 - The Gadget Expo 2015 sets out to plug the gap as seen in the Australian tech calendar. Aussies often have EA Games press events, EB Games running their massive gaming exhibition and PAX Australia with two years of gaming pop culture success - but what about the lovers of straight up technology?
There were a few main points covered in this trailer. Some of the most interesting inclusions include: the announcement that it will contain an emphasis on it being more of an 'event show' rather than a 'trade show', the event will contain a 'Gamers Bubble' - functioning as a sort of mini-PAX or mini-EB Expo, alongside a Home Tech Zone and an Innovation Zone.
As a whole this show is setting out to be somewhat of an Australian CES 2015, in which companies will come and showcase their latest and greatest technology - alongside various big-name tech heads sharing their thoughts and knowledge to thousands of seated fans. The Gadget Expo does promise "world renowned" tech experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and more at the event - here's hoping that all of these big claims can be pulled off.