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I've said it before, and I'll say it again, 2014 is going to be the start of virtual reality moving out from the shadow of being a gimmick, to being the next big leap in gaming and technology.
Now we have Valve scheduling two sessions during its upcoming Developers Day conference in January 2014: What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years, and Virtual Reality and Steam. Valve has effectively teased the world by revealing its VR prototype, and what a great experience it thinks "affordable" VR hardware will be capable of in the near future.
The developer is also working on "the Steam Overlay in VR, Steam store changes for VR, and our VR plan for Steamworks." It looks like we might see the mashup of the Oculus Rift and Steam worlds, with an interesting VR interface. Maybe this is why the Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controllers and most of all, Half-Life 3, have been delayed this far.
If there's one show to kick off 2014 in the world of technology and gaming, it would be Valve's Steam Developer Days, which happens in Seattle, Washington on January 15-16, 2014.
Valve has confirmed that Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Unity will all be there to talk during the two-day conference for developers and publishers working with Steam, and/or the upcoming Steam Machines. Better yet, attendees will have the chance to share industry expertise, take part in a roundtable discussion, and play with, and provide feedback on Steam OS, prototype Steam Machines and Stream Controllers.
The event is open, and is on a first-come, first-served basis, which sets you back just $95.
On Wednesday, November 13th AMD will host a "Fan Day" at the San Jose Convention Center that will be open to the public and will include what they claim to be the worlds first Battlefield 4 Tournament. The Tournament will feature 16 teams of five players each that will be pitted against each other with the ultimate prize being five high-end AMD based PCs.
Additionally, AMD will have 100 machines set up for attendees to play Battlefield 4 in free tournaments and singleplayer modes. AMD says that it will have partners onsite as well that will be giving away more than $50k in prizes via contest and raffles. Early birds who arrive at the event could also score a "Never Settle" voucher that will land them two free games. The event is free to all, and only those participating in the tournament need to register. Doors open at 9AM and close at 8PM.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA had quite the amount of announcements today, but bringing the three top game developers of all time under the single roof? That's how you impress the media and the world, guys.
So, the GPU maker had the infamous Tim Sweeney of Epic Games fame, Johan Anderson from DICE and the brainiac himself John Carmack of id Software fame and now Oculus VR's CTO. They've been talking on stage for over an hour now, and we'll have an hour-long video that will be uploaded in the near future that you can check out. Until then, enjoy the 9-minute flick, above.
Apple is preparing to hold what many expect to be its final launch event for 2013 in just a few days. Today the Cupertino based company began sending out invitations to press and partners for a launch event being held on October 25th in San Francisco.
The invitations read "We still have a lot to cover," leading us to believe that we will see the rest of Apple's refreshed products launched including the iPad 5, new MacBook Pro's and even the all new Mac Pro. OS X Mavricks should finally be released as well, with some insiders speculating that a new Apple TV, and a smartwatch may be unveiled as well.
You can expect more Oculus Rift content in the coming weeks, now that two TweakTown staff have the virtual reality headsets, but next month the VR outfit will be hosting a virtual reality conference to talk about all things VR.
The event will be housed in the Microsoft Nerd Center in Cambridge, Mass., with entrance being free. But, they will be accepting donations to the Boston Children's Hospital, which is a nice touch. Oculus COO, Laird Malamed will provide a day-long symposium of debates and demonstrations of virtual reality and game development.
Scheduled sessions at the Future of Virtual Reality with Oculus VR will include technical Q&As, developer and employment workshops, as well as glorious hands- or eyes-on time with the Oculus Rift headset.
Today Samsung announced that Dr. Steven Chu, the former US Secretary of Energy, CGO of Cisco Wim Elfrink and author Guy Kawasaki will each head up keynote addresses at the 2013 Samsung Memory Solutions Forum. The event will be held on October 22nd, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
- Dr. Chu will speak on "Energy Use in Information Technologies," highlighting the impact that technology can have on the environment. He'll discuss the potential consequences of excessive power use, including a possible slowdown in the growth in IT capabilities. Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics. As United States Secretary of Energy, he was charged with helping implement President Obama's ongoing agenda to invest in clean energy and address the global climate crisis.
- Wim Elfrink in a presentation entitled "The Internet of Everything - The Next Disruption" will explore the metamorphosis of the Internet and how it will bring together people, processes, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable. . Elfrink will discuss how turning information into actions will create new opportunities, richer experiences and, unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals and countries.
One of the most anticipated games of next year is coming from Chris Roberts, the man behind Wing Commander. Star Citizen has raised over $20 million through Kickstarter and its own crowdfunding, with the creator set to talk at GDC Next 2013.
Roberts will discuss the community-building lessons learned while crowdfunding for Star Citizen. GDC Next is a developer conference that focuses on the future of gaming, which is definitely looking bright. GDC Next 2013 will happen in LA, California from November 5-6.
It's no secret that AMD will launch its new 28nm Hawaii architecture based GPUs next week on the 25. The event will be held in Hawaii with AMD flying out tech media partners from all over the globe. Today, the company began sending out its official press invitations, which you can see below.
Not much else is known about the event other than AMD is expected to push Battlefield 4 pretty heavily as it is expected to be the bundled game with the company's flagship Hawaii based GPU. We have heard rumors that an actual Aircraft carrier will be part of the event and that there could be another big announcement as well.
Our own Shawn Baker will be on hand for the event and will be feeding us tons of content, photos, and videos from AMD's Hawaii launch event, so tune in to TweakTown for the most comprehensive coverage of the event on the net. I want to know what you think about the rumored upcoming GPUs? Can AMD release a single card solution that can compete with NVIDIA's Titan? Let me know in the comments.
IDF 2013 - This morning during the keynote at Intel's Developer Forum 2013, CEO Brian Krzanich took some time to discuss the future of Intel as well as the future of the PC. He noted that the forward-looking landscape of the PC is a drastically different one than we've seen in the past and that manufacturers are focusing more on form factor to attract new customers.
He went on to introduce the world's first 14nm architecture-based pc running a Broadwell SoC. No other information was given about the PC, and we never got a really good look at his exterior, but Krzanich did say that we would see Broadwell chips shipping by the end of the year. Additionally he announced that we will see new tablets sporting Intel's silicon being sold for less than $100 this holiday season.