GeForce RTX Propels PC Gaming’s Golden Age with Real-Time Ray Tracing

August 20, 2018 | 355 views

NVIDIA today unveiled the biggest breakthrough in PC gaming in over a decade: the GeForce RTX series, based on the Turing GPU architecture, which realizes the dream of real-time ray tracing. It’s a watershed moment, the start of a golden age of gaming. And the technology — regarded as the “holy grail” of computer graphics — has come 10 years earlier than most predicted.“Games will never be the same,” said Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO, during his Gamescom presentation, where he unveiled GeForce RTX.Graphics are advancing at 10x the rate of Moore’s law, before it ends. Propelling this are architectural advancements, which are responsible for GeForce RTX’s huge leap.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | February 12, 2020

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | February 11, 2020

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | February 10, 2020

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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Kartridge and Indie Megabooth highlight indie games in alternative PC game store

VentureBeat | December 13, 2018

Kartridge, the PC gaming store that was recently started by Kongregate, has announced a partnership with the Indie Megabooth (IMB) to highlight indie games from around the world.They will create a traveling showcase that will highlight the best indie games from the IMB Alumni Network, hand-picked to be featured in a custom, “spotlight” feature.Kongregate wants Kartridge to become a beacon for quality indie games, and it already has hundreds of titles, gamer chat, badges, and player rewards. It will be a tall order in taking on Valve’s Steam, but the goal is to create an alternate way for game developers to get their games discovered and merchandised with more control over the whole process of selling a game.Indie Megabooth’s Alumni Network consists of more than 800 indie developers and its showcases are a hotbed for discovering unique indie games that cater to diverse audiences.With booths at PAX West, PAX East, GDC, and more, IMB’s growing reach aligns with Kongregate’s focus on increased discoverability and supporting unfamiliar, but sophisticated indie talent.

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Losing Out to Facebook and Snapchat, Google Tries to Clean Up Messaging

Variety | December 06, 2018

Google is going to phase out its messaging app Allo at the end of March and move any existing users to Messages, its new default Android SMS and chat app, the company announced this week. The move comes as Google is finding itself struggling to keep up with competitors like Facebook, Snapchat, Line and others.Allo was first announced some 2.5 years go in conjunction with Google’s video chat app Duo. Allo was supposed to be a modern take on text chat, incorporating smart replies, stickers and the Google Assistant, allowing users to effectively chat with Google itself.However, the app had plenty of competition not only from outsiders, but also from within the company. The search giant continued to support its Hangouts text chat app, and was also separately developing an Android SMS messenger app that ultimately turned into Messages. As a result, Allo was widely ignored by consumers, leading to Google effectively pausing development earlier this year.

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Kartridge and Indie Megabooth highlight indie games in alternative PC game store

VentureBeat | December 13, 2018

Kartridge, the PC gaming store that was recently started by Kongregate, has announced a partnership with the Indie Megabooth (IMB) to highlight indie games from around the world.They will create a traveling showcase that will highlight the best indie games from the IMB Alumni Network, hand-picked to be featured in a custom, “spotlight” feature.Kongregate wants Kartridge to become a beacon for quality indie games, and it already has hundreds of titles, gamer chat, badges, and player rewards. It will be a tall order in taking on Valve’s Steam, but the goal is to create an alternate way for game developers to get their games discovered and merchandised with more control over the whole process of selling a game.Indie Megabooth’s Alumni Network consists of more than 800 indie developers and its showcases are a hotbed for discovering unique indie games that cater to diverse audiences.With booths at PAX West, PAX East, GDC, and more, IMB’s growing reach aligns with Kongregate’s focus on increased discoverability and supporting unfamiliar, but sophisticated indie talent.

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Losing Out to Facebook and Snapchat, Google Tries to Clean Up Messaging

Variety | December 06, 2018

Google is going to phase out its messaging app Allo at the end of March and move any existing users to Messages, its new default Android SMS and chat app, the company announced this week. The move comes as Google is finding itself struggling to keep up with competitors like Facebook, Snapchat, Line and others.Allo was first announced some 2.5 years go in conjunction with Google’s video chat app Duo. Allo was supposed to be a modern take on text chat, incorporating smart replies, stickers and the Google Assistant, allowing users to effectively chat with Google itself.However, the app had plenty of competition not only from outsiders, but also from within the company. The search giant continued to support its Hangouts text chat app, and was also separately developing an Android SMS messenger app that ultimately turned into Messages. As a result, Allo was widely ignored by consumers, leading to Google effectively pausing development earlier this year.

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