VR Digest: NVIDIA’s latest cards
will lower cost of VR

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 67 – May 11, 2016

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NVIDIA’s Latest Cards Will Lower Cost of VR

Chipmaker NVIDIA recently revealed a new flagship graphics card, the GTX 1080. Compared with the previous generation, the 1080 more than doubles the power for VR. It costs $600 but is faster than two 980s in SLI. Another new card, the 1070, is more powerful than a $1,000 Titan X, and it only costs $379. The 1080 will be available on May 27th; the 1070 follows on June 10th.

The release of these aggressively priced cards means current generation cards powerful enough to run the Rift and Vive are likely to drop dramatically in price. By Christmas, the price of a VR-ready PC could be hundreds of dollars cheaper than it is now.

NVIDIA also released software called Ansel which captures 360-degree views inside games, as well as updates to its VRWorks APIs.


Oculus CTO John Carmack teased progress on the mobile position tracking solution he’s working on, writing “My inside-out position tracking freaks out if I jump up in the air and land hard.”

Eonite Perception raised $5.25 million to bring their own inside-out tracking technology to market. Their solution purportedly allows a mobile device to track its position in space as well as map its surroundings so that users are aware of obstacles. Well known VR investor Tipatat Chennavasin is an advisor to the company and tweeted: "Inside-out positional tracking is the holy grail of VR and AR and Eonite solved it!"

The Rift arrived in a drizzle to U.S. stores this week, appearing first at 48 Best Buy locations. Reports suggested many locations had between 4 and 6 units to sell. Oculus Chief Operating Officer Laird Malamed was replaced. He moved to the Seattle office after a last minute component shortage limited the supply of the Rift and delayed its arrival for some customers. Malamed’s replacement is Hans Hartmann, who previously worked in the same role at Fitbit.

Google’s annual developer conference is next week. While VR had a presence at previous events, it is likely to be a major theme of the conference this year. Apparently, the preview notes for a new version of the Unreal Engine VR creation toolset indicate an “AndroidVR” plugin is on the way.

A 4-minute video shows a Graffiti simulator called Kingspray coming to Steam.

The Void is creating a Ghostbusters-themed walk-around VR installation at Madame Tussauds New York, opening in July.

Accuweather posted the first VR video of a tornado. The EF2 Wray, Colorado tornado of May 7th was especially beautiful, kicking up a massive cloud of dust lit by the setting sun.

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