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.”