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Valve Has Cracked VR's Motion Sickness Problem - briefly
(hx) 07:13 PM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment / read (4)
Gabe Newell told the New York Times "Zero percent of people get motion sick" when they use SteamVR tech.
In his frank speech at the conference, Mr. Carmack did not sugarcoat his explanation for why Oculus has moved slowly to ship a public version of its virtual reality technology. It is well known that virtual reality headsets can cause motion sickness and eyestrain in people who use them, though the severity varies by person, the type of game being played and the length of time a game is played.

Oculus and other companies are still making technical modifications to their products to avoid those effects. They are encouraging game developers to avoid creating virtual environments that tend to cause nausea, like roller coaster rides. Mr. Carmack said Oculus would still allow virtual reality games that could make people uncomfortable into the online store for its headset, but it will label them as such.

In the meantime, they are keeping access to the products limited. Oculus has released a version of its headset that connects to PCs for developers only. Gear VR, the mobile phone headset Samsung makes, has been on sale since late last year, but only in limited quantities and without broad distribution in wireless stores and other retail locations.

In explaining why Oculus has gone slow, Mr. Carmack described what he called a "nightmare scenario" that has worried him and other Oculus executives. "People like the demo, they take it home, and they start throwing up," he said.

At least one company, Valve, believes it has solved the discomfort problem with headsets. In an interview at the developer conference, Gabe Newell, the president and co-founder of Valve, said he, too, had reacted badly to most headset demonstrations, describing them as the "world's best motion sickness inducers."

Mr. Newell said the company had worked hard on its virtual reality technology to eliminate the discomfort, saying that "zero percent of people get motion sick" when they try its system. Part of its solution is a motion tracking system that uses lasers to accurately reproduce a person’s real-world movements in the virtual world. Mr. Newell said Valve would offer the tracking system, called Lighthouse, free to hardware manufacturers.

During a 15-minute demonstration of the Valve headset, it caused no discomfort for a reporter. In one segment of the demonstration, a colossal whale comes precariously close to the viewer, who is standing on the prow of a wrecked ship.
Alien: Isolation's original 3rd-person build video - movie
(hx) 05:29 PM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Is Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation made more scary with its switch to first-person?

Worlds of Magic - Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 12:31 PM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Worlds of Magic - a 4X turn based fantasy, strategy game - will be released on March 19th 2015.

Dying Light - Ultimate Survivor Bundle Trailer - movie
(hx) 12:29 PM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game-s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will otherwise run you $4.99. Ultimate Survivor Bundle comes with blueprints for four new weapons: the Constable, the Night Club, Lacerator, and Buzz Killer. Three new character outfits are also included: the Ninja, Urban Explorer, and Special Agent.

Homeworld Remastered-Graphics&CPU Performance - tech
(hx) 12:25 PM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
The chaps over at TechSpot have posted Homeworld Remastered Collection Graphics & CPU Performance. Here's an excerpt:
If you're happy to play with acceptable frames most of the time but can tolerate a slideshow of a battle, then you should be fine to run Homeworld Remastered with relatively low-end hardware such as the GTX 750 Ti or HD 7850. However, if you want smooth performance through sizeable battles, we recommend a R9 280X or GTX 770.

Ideally, you'll want a processor with four threads. It was interesting to see the Core i7-5960X, 4960X and 3930K perform so well. These processors feature a 20MB, 15MB and 12MB L3 cache, so perhaps this was the key to the extra performance over the 8MB L3 cache i7-4770K. Unsurprisngly, we also recommend Intel over AMD here.

Unfortunately, the FX range took a beating in Homeworld Remastered, though we think this is because the game doesn't heavily utilize more than two cores. This is an old game that hasn't been designed or optimized for more than four threads and that's bad news for AMD gamers. A Core i3 or i5 will deliver the best bang for your buck.
Magicka 2 - Release Date Reveal Trailer - movie
(hx) 11:56 AM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a singer/songwriter of ice and fire, today published a completely fair-use trailer for Magicka 2, the forthcoming magick-mixing game for PC and the PS4. The trailer, containing all-new gameplay and allegedly new ideas, celebrates the upcoming launch of Magicka 2, which will arrive on PC and PS4® on May 26, 2015. The game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders starting soon, according to the alarm Paradox has set on its Night Watch. Magicka 2 will be available for $14.99 on both platforms.

Stardock Announces Ashes of the Singularity - movie
(hx) 11:54 AM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Stardock has announced a new real-time strategy game, Ashes of the Singularity.
Stardock is proud to announce Ashes of the Singularity. A new real-time strategy game from the team that helped bring you Sins of a Solar Empire, Civilization IV, Civilization V and Galactic Civilizations.

Take command of the vast forces of the Post-Humans or the sentient AI substrate in a conflict that spans the galaxy. Control massive armies across entire worlds presented with epic fidelity and scale unlike anything that has ever been attempted in a real-time strategy game previously.
Double Fine Adventure Documentary - briefly
(hx) 01:10 AM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Tim Schafer and the crew at Double Fine have put their three part documentary on YouTube for all to see. Enjoy!

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CRYENGINE - GDC 2015 Shots + video - tech
(hx) 02:57 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
Crytek has just released a new set of GDC 2015 screenshots for its video-game engine, CRYENGINE. The images appear to be taken from a variety of games ranging from the beautiful open-world RPG, Kingdom Come Deliverance from Warhorse Studios, Monster Hunter Online and UMBRA a new hack & slash game from Solarfall Games. Crytek also released two new trailers showing off the versatility and power of CRYENGINE.

The first trailer details the specific features of CRYENGINE, and how the accessibility of the engine enables developers of variable sizes and budgets, to create amazingly detailed projects. Some features include Physically Based Rendering, 3D HDR Lens Flares, and multiple other features, that can bring stunning game worlds to life from CRYENGINE licensees and EaaS subscribers.

The second one demonstrates work From CRYENGINE licensees, form well known studios, to smaller independent developers, working with CRYENGINE as a service (EaaS) subscription model. Featuring footage from both Monster Hunter Online and Evolve, it demonstrates the immense potential of the CRYENGINE in creating beautiful gaming experiences.



Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Announced - briefly
(hx) 02:43 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Bethesda has announced a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jager and the Den of Wolves, finds Blazkowicz is up against a "maniacal prison warden" as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein. His mission is to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead's compound. In part two, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs, while searching for the coordinates Blazkowicz ventures to the city of Wulfburg. Here, an "obsessed" Nazi archaeologist is exhuming artifacts which are poised to release a dark and ancient power.

In development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally and at retail for $19.99/£14.99/€19.99/AUS$39.95 on PC and PlayStation 4. It will be a digital-only title for Xbox One and is set for a May 5 release. Additional gameplay will be revealed during PAX East at 3.30pm GMT on both Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 on Twitch

RISE Oculus DK2 Tech Demo Trailer - tech
(hx) 02:24 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Nurulize has released a 4K GDC 2015 trailer for RISE Oculus DK2 tech demo, powered by Unreal Engine 4. RISE is a fully immersive virtual reality experience that tells the story of a robot uprising from the perspective of a sentient robot agitator who's been captured. This tech demo features real-time display of VFX assets, dynamic physical camera simulation for accurate depth of field, as well as a full 16-bit float scene for dynamic, accurate exposure adjustment.

Quixel's Megascans GDC 2015 Demo Reel - tech
(hx) 02:22 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Quixel, an industry leader in high-end texturing solutions, specializing in art tools for the games and VFX industries, has released a new GDC 2015 trailer. This demo reel features content textured using Quixel Megascans and Quixel SUITE in V-Ray 3.0, Unreal Engine 4, Frostbite, Unity 5, Redshift, CryEngine, Marmoset Toolbag 2 and Octane Render.

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:53 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (2)
Fatshark Games has released a gameplay teaser trailer from the pre-alpha version of its upcoming Warhammer title, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is described as a co-operative action first person shooter and melee combat adventure set in the End Times of the iconic Warhammer Fantasy universe.

The game is planned for release in the second half of 2015.
Nvidia Shield 4K console announced - console
(hx) 01:34 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
At GDC 2015 in San Francisco, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the chip vendor's latest hardware effort, the Shield, which is the world's first 4K Android TV that also doubles up as a game console. The Shield comes with an H.265 decoder that can handle 4K at 60Hz with 10-bit video processing. Another highlight is the ability to search for content on the Play Store using voice. Made of one-piece diecast aluminium, the Shield is ultrathin and features Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi ac connectivity as well as USB connectors. Under the hood, the console is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 chip that is claimed to be 35 times faster than Apple TV.

NVIDIA has also announced a Bluetooth-enabled Shield Remote that features an iPod-like spin button. There's also a Shield game controller that is good for 40 hours of gaming on a single charge. Each SHIELD Android TV will come bundled with a Shield game controller for free. NVIDIA is making a content-curated store that features the "best of the best" games tailored for the Shield game console. At the time of launch, over 50 games will be available, including titles like Half Life: 2, Contrast, and Borderlands. The price for all these features? $199. As for a launch date, Huang mentioned that the Shield console will launch in May.

Unity 5 - The Blacksmith - GDC 2015 - movie
(hx) 12:45 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Rendered in real-time in Unity 5, The Blacksmith is a really impressive narrative focused tech demo shown today at GDC.

Witcher 3 Gameplay from GDC 2015 - movie
(hx) 12:18 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Witcher 3 will be releasing on 19th May, 2015, for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Valve Announces Source 2, Steam Link, Steam VR - briefly
(hx) 12:13 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
Valve has revealed Steam VR, Source 2 and Steam Link at the Game Developers Conference today. Steam Link will enable game streaming from Steam Machines, PC, Mac, and Linux PC within a network. It will support 1080p gaming at 60Hz . Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and users can add $49.99 on top for a Steam Controller. Valve will announce worldwide pricing closer to launch date. Valve also detailed two new technologies which will be part of its virtual reality headset, Vive; a "room scale tracking system" called Lighthouse, and a VR input system. Simply put, Lighthouse will help Valve's VR achieve higher resolution and higher speed tracking for a lower hardware cost. It will be available for free to hardware manufacturers who are interested. Vive will ship this year in April for developers, and November for consumers.

In addition, Valve revealed the Source 2 engine, a successor to the Source engine which powered games such as Counter-Strike and Half Life 2. Source 2 has been made with a focus on "increasing creator productivity." Source 2 will be free to content developers, allowing "gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games." It will be compatible with Vulkan, the name of the graphics API Valve teased earlier this month.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Release Dates - briefly
(hx) 12:06 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Konami has announced that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released worldwide starting on September 1st, 2015. The Steam version will be released on September 15th.
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the highly anticipated conclusion to the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, will be released worldwide starting September 1, 2015.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN is the series’ largest and most ambitious edition to date, expanding upon themes and content seen in the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience prologue: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. Set within huge open-world environments, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day/night cycles. Thus, players can adapt their tactics to match the changing environment, creating an intuitive and non-linear gameplay experience. Similarly, a host of acclaimed METAL GEAR SOLID troops return in hugely advanced forms, including expanded CQC (Close-Quarter Combat) skills, vastly improved enemy AI, online elements that complement the single player campaign, and an all-new version of METAL GEAR ONLINE, a competitive multiplayer mode, included within the main game.
PS Plus: Free Games for March 2015 - console
(hx) 12:05 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
The PlayStation.Blog has been updated with the list of PS Plus free games for March 2015.

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Bombshell Official Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 07:26 PM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms have released a new gameplay trailer for Bombshell, an isometric action role-playing game set for release on the PC.

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