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  1. At GDC, Epic Games revealed an unprecedented demonstration alongside NVIDIA and ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm's division in charge of experimenting with experimenting with techniques for advancing digital trickery. The three companies worked together on a technique called real-time ray tracing and seem to have achieved it, demonstrating the technique on stage during Epic's "State of Unreal" session at the Game Developer's Conference. This represents the first time real-time ray tracing has been publicly displayed live. So what is real-time ray tracing? Ray tracing is basically the technology that allows digital graphics to simulate light and shadow. Real-time ray tracing represents the next step beyond the tech we have now, allowing for multiple light sources to reflect and create shadows in real-time as either they move or the objects around them move. It essentially closes the gap between the tech between what digital animators can achieve in film and what game developers can create in video games. Epic's demonstration ran on NVIDIA's tech housed in Volta GPUs while an iPad running ARKit used a virtual camera to get a close-up view of the smallest details. The assets themselves were created by Lucasfilm for use in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The demo showcased advances in textured area lights, ray-traced ambient occlusion, reflections, and shadows, and cinematic depth-of-field. Take a look at what that all looks like in action: If that doesn't get you excited and you need something a little more gaming related, NVIDIA also worked with Remedy Entertainment, the developers behind Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Max Payne, to create a tech demo showing what real-time ray tracing can do inside a video game environment. Remedy's demo could also be a small tease for their mysterious project that's currently only known by the codename "P7." This technology is just on the horizon. It's hard not to get excited over what that could mean for games coming out in the next few years that take advantage of the ability to utilize real-time ray tracing. The one hitch might be that bitcoin mining has caused a huge uptick in GPU prices, so the cost of upgrading a PC graphics card could be prohibitive for those looking to upgrade to a device capable of handling this kind of graphical horsepower. What do you think? Are you excited by these teasers? View full article
  2. At GDC, Epic Games revealed an unprecedented demonstration alongside NVIDIA and ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm's division in charge of experimenting with experimenting with techniques for advancing digital trickery. The three companies worked together on a technique called real-time ray tracing and seem to have achieved it, demonstrating the technique on stage during Epic's "State of Unreal" session at the Game Developer's Conference. This represents the first time real-time ray tracing has been publicly displayed live. So what is real-time ray tracing? Ray tracing is basically the technology that allows digital graphics to simulate light and shadow. Real-time ray tracing represents the next step beyond the tech we have now, allowing for multiple light sources to reflect and create shadows in real-time as either they move or the objects around them move. It essentially closes the gap between the tech between what digital animators can achieve in film and what game developers can create in video games. Epic's demonstration ran on NVIDIA's tech housed in Volta GPUs while an iPad running ARKit used a virtual camera to get a close-up view of the smallest details. The assets themselves were created by Lucasfilm for use in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The demo showcased advances in textured area lights, ray-traced ambient occlusion, reflections, and shadows, and cinematic depth-of-field. Take a look at what that all looks like in action: If that doesn't get you excited and you need something a little more gaming related, NVIDIA also worked with Remedy Entertainment, the developers behind Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Max Payne, to create a tech demo showing what real-time ray tracing can do inside a video game environment. Remedy's demo could also be a small tease for their mysterious project that's currently only known by the codename "P7." This technology is just on the horizon. It's hard not to get excited over what that could mean for games coming out in the next few years that take advantage of the ability to utilize real-time ray tracing. The one hitch might be that bitcoin mining has caused a huge uptick in GPU prices, so the cost of upgrading a PC graphics card could be prohibitive for those looking to upgrade to a device capable of handling this kind of graphical horsepower. What do you think? Are you excited by these teasers?
  3. NVIDIA has released a new mod for Fallout 4 called Vault 1080. The mod alters the pre-existing lighting systems of the base game with vastly improved volumetric lighting and shadows that NVIDIA describes as being "more velvety than ever." Vault 1080 achieves this visual bump by providing greater ambient oclusion control than found in unmodded Fallout 4. The mod also introduces godrays from sunlight, weapon debris, and new textures with updated meshes. To show off the graphical overhaul, NVIDIA put together a new section of the game world with its own questline. Players will be able to travel to a seemingly abandoned church in the middle of an ominous swamp. Fog and darkness reign supreme in the heart of the marshland, serving to both show off the lighting and set the tone for the story. The residents of the titular vault have formed a cult-like society that embrace the disease and darkness of their living situation. However, the foundation of their philosophy might be more fiction than fact. It's up to the player to dig into the vault's secrets. NVIDIA promises that "it’s a Fallout vault like you’ve never seen before." The mod can supposedly be downloaded for PC from Bethesda.net beginning today, though the page currently appears to be unavailable or removed from Bethesda's site for the time being.
  4. NVIDIA has released a new mod for Fallout 4 called Vault 1080. The mod alters the pre-existing lighting systems of the base game with vastly improved volumetric lighting and shadows that NVIDIA describes as being "more velvety than ever." Vault 1080 achieves this visual bump by providing greater ambient oclusion control than found in unmodded Fallout 4. The mod also introduces godrays from sunlight, weapon debris, and new textures with updated meshes. To show off the graphical overhaul, NVIDIA put together a new section of the game world with its own questline. Players will be able to travel to a seemingly abandoned church in the middle of an ominous swamp. Fog and darkness reign supreme in the heart of the marshland, serving to both show off the lighting and set the tone for the story. The residents of the titular vault have formed a cult-like society that embrace the disease and darkness of their living situation. However, the foundation of their philosophy might be more fiction than fact. It's up to the player to dig into the vault's secrets. NVIDIA promises that "it’s a Fallout vault like you’ve never seen before." The mod can supposedly be downloaded for PC from Bethesda.net beginning today, though the page currently appears to be unavailable or removed from Bethesda's site for the time being. View full article
  5. Vault Hunters and lovers of swag rejoice! Borderlands 2's contest with $100,000 worth of prizes is now in progress. From now until November 7, players who have purchased the Borderlands 2 Game of the Year edition or who have purchased the DLC can register a SHiFT account. SHiFT will track the participant's in-game stats, automatically entering into the contest upon completing the daily challenges. Each entry increases the likelihood of winning the prizes, and oh, what prizes there are! According to the loot hunt website: In addition to the many weekly sponsored prizes, one lucky loot hunter will win a grand prize of $50,000, and four others will win varying amounts of cash totaling another $50,000 along with other great prizes including: PlayStation Vitas with copies of Borderlands 2 for the PS Vita once it's out Custom Borderlands 2 Turtle Beach headsets An Nvidia Shield PC Streaming set-up with a Tiki PC by Falcon Northwest Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti GFX cards Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition Strategy Guides by BradyGames Lifetime supplies to all 2K titles on Steam – past, present, and future To clarify that last bullet point: YOU CAN WIN A LIFETIME OF FREE 2K TITLES. In addition to all of that, each target of the daily challenges will drop loot that can be used to earn community-wide prizes. Finally, significant stat boosts to existing weapons are expected in the near future. For more information or to register your SHiFT account, head over to borderlands2loothunt.com and get shooting. View full article
  6. Vault Hunters and lovers of swag rejoice! Borderlands 2's contest with $100,000 worth of prizes is now in progress. From now until November 7, players who have purchased the Borderlands 2 Game of the Year edition or who have purchased the DLC can register a SHiFT account. SHiFT will track the participant's in-game stats, automatically entering into the contest upon completing the daily challenges. Each entry increases the likelihood of winning the prizes, and oh, what prizes there are! According to the loot hunt website: In addition to the many weekly sponsored prizes, one lucky loot hunter will win a grand prize of $50,000, and four others will win varying amounts of cash totaling another $50,000 along with other great prizes including: PlayStation Vitas with copies of Borderlands 2 for the PS Vita once it's out Custom Borderlands 2 Turtle Beach headsets An Nvidia Shield PC Streaming set-up with a Tiki PC by Falcon Northwest Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti GFX cards Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition Strategy Guides by BradyGames Lifetime supplies to all 2K titles on Steam – past, present, and future To clarify that last bullet point: YOU CAN WIN A LIFETIME OF FREE 2K TITLES. In addition to all of that, each target of the daily challenges will drop loot that can be used to earn community-wide prizes. Finally, significant stat boosts to existing weapons are expected in the near future. For more information or to register your SHiFT account, head over to borderlands2loothunt.com and get shooting.
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