DirectX 12 on Xbox One now available with Unity 2018.3

DirectX 12 is the latest version of Microsoft’s graphics API designed to enable a reduction of driver overhead, allowing better use of multi-core systems. Depending on your project, you could see some great performance improvements with DirectX 12. For example, with our Book of the Dead: Environment scene we have seen a frame rate increase of over 8% running at 1440p on Xbox One X.DirectX 12 on Xbox One brings with it Unity’s new Native Graphics Jobs, which also contributes a significant CPU performance improvement. Alongside these performance benefits, DirectX 12 also brings support for new rendering techniques in Unity, starting with Async Compute, which is available with DirectX 12 on Xbox One out of the box. Async Compute provides valuable GPU performance improvements for any titles that make use of compute on Xbox One.

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Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus is a modern high-tech circus exploring the future of fun. The team of artists, inventors, educators and performers build big games, tell stories with technology, and make liberal use of lasers, fire and robots. The builds and operates Micro-Amusement Parks with a flagship in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. They’ve captured action sports content in 360 video for brands like NFL, NBA, Indy and the Olympics and then installed VR activations at the Super Bowl, All Star games and at Verizon stores. They launched a high-tech traveling carnival to inspire the world about the possibilities of STEM+Art with coverage including CNN, Fast Company, and USA Today. Many of the team created the viral This Too Shall Pass music video for OK Go that garnered 50+ million views on YouTube.

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Marketing a game? Put enough focus on Discord and TikTok

Article | July 13, 2022

TikTok and Discord are essential channels for effective gamer targeting. MIDiA’s Q1 2021 survey states that weekly active user penetration of the two services over-indexes among mobile and console gamers the most of all tracked social media. This is similar with PC gamers, with the exception of Twitter ranking slightly higher than TikTok.

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How to Watch Netflix in Virtual Reality

Article | July 27, 2022

Playing virtual reality video games is a blast—but it also takes work. If you simply want to kick back, relax, and experience some mind-bending visuals without thinking too much, why not try watching Netflix in VR? It's ridiculously easy to do, even if you don't have state-of-the-art equipment. There are three primary methods, depending on what kind of device you're working with: fire up the Netflix VR app on Android, set up mirroring with your iPhone, or simply download the Netflix app from your preferred Oculus device. Here's What You'll Need VR headset: No matter your budget, there's a virtual reality option for you. On the pricey end, there are sophisticated VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, which starts at $299, and the HTC Vive Pro Eye, which retails for $799. We've included a few other options in the gallery below, too. If you're looking for something less expensive, there's the $99 Google Daydream View system (discontinued, but you can still find them here and there), the Samsung Gear VR headset (which the manufacturer has also discontinued in the U.S., but you can find it on Amazon for $128), and the $25 Google Cardboard viewer (although you may want to purchase an additional head strap for it).

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Metaverse: Transforming B2B Businesses with Technology

Article | June 21, 2021

In the 3D interactive space of metaverse, nothing is impossible. People from various corners of the world can create, share, and explore virtual worlds in this space. They can also interact, trade, and do business. What does metaverse offer B2B businesses, though? Let us take a look. From Virtual Storefronts to Digital Employees While metaverse is still in the early stages of development, businesses can have their own virtual storefronts, digital employees, and virtual currency in a virtual reality. Business exclusive metaverse platforms like Sansar, Somnium Space, and Decentraland offer companies an option to establish their virtual presence. How is Metaverse Transforming B2B Businesses? Metaverse presents businesses with the unique opportunity to build client relationships face-to-face. Branded experiences like product announcements, product showrooms, company updates, educational sessions, conferences, and networking events can be done in metaverse. Let us explore other ways in which metaverse can enrich B2B businesses: Richer Customer Experience Immersive buyer experiences influence prospects to make purchase decisions faster. B2B sellers in metaverse can create such experiences through interactions that surpass traditional sales approaches and focus on visually attractive sales presentations to convert prospects. Effective Marketing and Advertising New marketing and advertising opportunities in metaverse are developing with every passing day. Over time, companies may be able to sponsor events or create targets ads to attract a certain demographic. The companies that establish themselves in the metaverse might have a bigger advantage in this regard compared to the companies that venture into it later. Higher ROI and Sales Increasing sales and ROI are crucial for every business. Reaching new markets and tapping into new revenue sources is easier with metaverse. It will allow salespeople to host multiple meetings with buyers living in different parts of the world without having to leave their actual office, saving multiple costs while conveniently still creating client relationships that last. Improved Workforce Efficiency Metaverse-based training simulations help employees upgrade their skills. Additionally, customer service associates can create avatars to provide business customers assistance in real-time. Metaverse encourages employees to communicate better and allows remote employees to virtually connect for projects, meetings, and feedback. Last Word B2B businesses can capitalize on the convenience of metaverse and harness this latest technology to offer their customers visually immersive experiences.

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FILM PRODUCERS FLIP BARGAINING TABLE WITH UNIONIZING EFFORT

Article | May 21, 2021

Movie producers often find themselves negotiating with talent and crew members, and/or their production union representatives, over pay and benefits. But a group of 108 producers flipped the script Thursday in announcing they were looking to form a union of their own.Higher minimum pay and health benefits were cited as the two major reasons. While the group, called the Producers Union, boasts some heavy hitters such as Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea) and Rebecca Green (It Follows), they made it clear that the traditional image of a Hollywood producer is misleading. Many are just getting by, project to project, looking for a breakout hit to up their quote. According to a survey released this year, 41% of producers made less than $25,000 in the pre-pandemic boom times of 2019. The Producers Union has developed a constitution with provisions for dues and diversity initiatives, with the aim of eventually negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with distributors and other film financiers. Previous efforts by producers to unionize have been thwarted by the courts and the National Labor Relations Board, according to Variety, as the NLRB saw them as supervisors and employers – which creates a high barrier to organizing.

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Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus is a modern high-tech circus exploring the future of fun. The team of artists, inventors, educators and performers build big games, tell stories with technology, and make liberal use of lasers, fire and robots. The builds and operates Micro-Amusement Parks with a flagship in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. They’ve captured action sports content in 360 video for brands like NFL, NBA, Indy and the Olympics and then installed VR activations at the Super Bowl, All Star games and at Verizon stores. They launched a high-tech traveling carnival to inspire the world about the possibilities of STEM+Art with coverage including CNN, Fast Company, and USA Today. Many of the team created the viral This Too Shall Pass music video for OK Go that garnered 50+ million views on YouTube.

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In an earnings call with investors, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased that "Xbox Series X will launch this fall with the largest launch lineup for any console ever." At this time, the company has not listed all of the games that will be available at launch, though a handful of games have been confirmed, including Halo Infinite and Ubisoft's upcoming battle royale game Hyper Scape. It seems quite likely that there will be a lot of other games launching alongside the console, but for those planning on picking up the Xbox Series X on day one, this certainly bodes well!

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