GDC 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-2014/news en-GB Better than ever: Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and full environment motion tracking http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus just made the world&#039;s favourite VR headset even better, and we can&#039;t wait to strap in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="545" height="409" title="US$350 Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking" alt="US$350 Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ocr2.jpg?1395280671" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony wasn&#39;t the only company to reveal a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news" target="_blank">new VR headset</a> today. Oculus has taken one step closer to a full retail release of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> by announcing the Rift Development Kit 2, or Oculus Rift 2.0 as we&#39;ve taken to calling it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Rift 2.0 also now has precise, low-latency head tracking.</p> <p>An external camera is able to measure LED markers embedded in the Rift&#39;s outer shell, tracking your head in its 3D environment and allowing you to carry out immersive moves like peering around corners and leaning into virtual objects to get a closer look.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OlXrjTh7vHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Crystal Cove prototype</a>, the marker LEDs were clearly visible, dotted around on the outside of the Rift. Oculus has however cleverly hidden them beneath the Rift 2&#39;s outer case in such a way, that the camera can still detect and track them.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a new USB accessory port for developers to utilise as their imaginations see fit.</p> <p>Oculus has stated that while the Rift 2.0 isn&#39;t identical to the mysterious final consumer release version, the fundamental building blocks are all there.</p> <p>If you can&#39;t wait any longer then you can <a href="https://www.oculusvr.com/order/" target="_blank">pre-order</a> the Rift 2.0 today for US$350, with the first batch expected to be sent out in July.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Face-on review: Oculus Rift Crystal Cove, a bona fide VR revolution</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="374" title="US$350 Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking" alt="US$350 Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ocrift2.jpg?1395280671" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news#comments GDC 2014 Oculus Rift Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:49:09 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433987 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s VR Project Morpheus headset makes its debut, and it looks amazing http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out Oculus Rift: Sony’s just entered the virtual reality arena, and its fighter looks to be in tip-top shape </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony’s VR headset, “Project Morpheus”makes its debut" alt="Sony’s VR headset, “Project Morpheus”makes its debut" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-morpheus-630.jpg?1395228575" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours that Sony was going to debut a VR headset to compete with the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> at GDC this year were true. Meet Sony&#39;s Project Morpheus.</p> <p>Still in the prototype stage, SCE Worldwide Head Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that Project Morpheus is the culmination of three years of work, and it looks gorgeous.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games are in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So are there any games ready for Project Morpheus? Not yet.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s working with a bunch of developers, including big names such as Crytek and EpicGames though, so it shouldn&rsquo;t be long till we see other game devs jump on the VR bandwagon.</p> <p>As for Sony developed titles, the company isn&rsquo;t revealing much, though they&rsquo;ve prepared demos for the headset which include Eve: Valkyrie, a special build of Thief, and two other environmental immersive demos called The Deep and The Castle.</p> <p>It looks like it&rsquo;s going to be an interesting year for gaming, and we really can&#39;t wait for both Sony and Oculus to push out finalised consumer versions of their headsets.</p> <p>And as for Microsoft? All is quieter on the VR front for the Xbox One. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-star-wars-episode-vii-info-revealed-sky-s-new-epg-and-microsoft-s-oculus-rif">Although there have been rumours of an Xbox One VR device very recently</a>, it&#39;s all smoke and mirrors for the time being.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info on Sony&#39;s VR headset as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature" target="_blank">GDC 2014: the biggest gaming news so far</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/playstation-virtual-reality/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Eve: Valkyrie Demo" alt="Eve: Valkyrie Demo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Eve%20Valkyrie.jpg?1395228575" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news#comments Console games Gaming GDC 2014 Sony Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:00:51 +0000 Stephen Graves 1433962 at http://www.stuff.tv GDC 2014: the biggest gaming news so far http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 21/03/14: Everything we&#039;ve got to look forward to from San Francisco&#039;s Game Developers Conference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="683" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gdc-main_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in 1988, 27 designers crammed into a single living room for the first ever Computer Game Developers Conference.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fast forward 26 years and the yearly San Francisco Game Developers Conference is attended by tens of thousands of developers from around the world, and it&#39;s the biggest date in the gaming calendar next to E3.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Valve - Steam machines incoming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve already showed off all 13 of its Steam Machines at CES earlier this year, and there&#39;s definitely plenty to be excited about.&nbsp;</p> <p>From its twin trackball-like controller to beastly machines packed with 4K pixel-pushing power, the Xbox One and PS4 have got plenty of reasons to be nervous.</p> <p>We expect to see more information on Valve&#39;s console-killing army at GDC, and we&#39;re hoping Valve will also show off its virtual reality headset, which received rave reviews behind closed doors at the Steam Dev Days conference earlier this year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-steam-machine-preview/review" target="_blank">Valve Steam Machine - price, specs, release date - everything you need to know</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/valve-s-vr-headset-even-better-oculus-rift/news" target="_blank">Valve&rsquo;s VR headset &ldquo;even better than Oculus Rift</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="975" height="731" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Valve-Steam-Machine_2.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony - PS4 joins the VR party </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve isn&#39;t the only company working on a VR headset. Sony is expected to reveal a VR headset of its very own at GDC, and although very little is known about it, developers who have already tried it have described it as being even better than the Oculus Rift.</p> <p>It&#39;s likely that the headset will only be compatible with the PS4, but we&#39;ll have to wait till next week to see what Sony brings to the virtual gaming table.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 19/03/14:</strong> Sony has officially announced Project Morpheus, a VR headset with a 1080p screen, 90-degree field-of-view, and both 360-degree and positional head-tracking (via the PlayStation Camera). It has built-in stereo audio too. It&#39;s still in the prototype stage, although Sony says it&#39;s been working on it for three years already.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-vr-headset-project-morpheus-makes-its-debut/news" target="_blank">Sony&rsquo;s VR Project Morpheus headset makes its debut, and it looks amazing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Project Morpheus headset" alt="Sony Project Morpheus headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-morpheus-630.jpg?1395411955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift - Price and release date. Pretty please? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A second developer edition of the Oculus Rift VR headset has made its debut at GDC. The Rift Development Kit 2 packs in all the good stuff from the Crystal Cove prototype we played with back in January: lower latency and positional head tracking, which cuts down motion blur, judder and the potential for motion sickness. Check the video above for more detail. It can be pre-ordered for US$350 (&pound;210) now, with orders shipping in July.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gdc-2014/us350-oculus-rift-20-revealed-high-res-display-and-motion-tracking/news" target="_blank">Better than ever: Oculus Rift 2.0 revealed with high-res display and motion tracking</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review" target="_blank">Oculus Rift preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OlXrjTh7vHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01_1.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon - Wait, what? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yep. Amazon. The online retail giant snapped up Killer Instinct Developer Double Helix earlier this year, which strongly suggests the company has the gaming market in its sights.</p> <p>Rumours of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon-kindle-console-real-target-smart-tv/news" target="_blank">Android-based console </a>have also been flying around, and it&#39;s likely to provide users with a similar experience to the Kindle Fire series of tablets, bringing games, Amazon apps, music and movie streaming service to people&#39;s living rooms.</p> <p><strong>Update 15/03/14:&nbsp;</strong>A picture of a controller <a href="http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2014-03/amazon-streamer-feature-bluetooth-gaming-controller/" target="_blank">leaked</a> from an &#39;overseas regulatory agent&#39; (similar to the US&#39; FCC) shows of a console controller with clear Amazon branding.</p> <p>If real, it all-but-confirms Amazon&#39;s plans to invade our living rooms with a console of it&#39;s very own, bringing the fight straight to the doorstep of Apple TV and other streaming boxes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon-kindle-console-real-target-smart-tv/news" target="_blank">Amazon might be working on a Kindle console, but its real target is Apple TV</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-about-take-apple-tv-its-own-set-top-box/news" target="_blank">Is Amazon about to take on Apple TV with its own set-top box?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-gaming_0.jpg?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="523" height="392" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-controller.jpg?1395411955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Microsoft is unlikely to show off any hardware, it is expected to reveal improvements to SmartGlass in addition to expanding on its plans for multi-screen gaming, which games like The Division make use of to great effect.</p> <p>Microsoft is also expected to reveal DirectX 12 - the newest version of its Graphics platform.</p> <p>What this means for Xbox One and PC gamers has yet to be seen, but it can only be good news.</p> <p>Finally, Xbox Live looks set to get some love with an expansion. Though specific details are thin on the ground, we wouldn&#39;t mind a clan system being introduced.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" alt="GDC 2014: the best gaming news so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC02571_0.JPG?1395657787" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DirectX 12 to bring console-like performance to PCs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has unveiled the latest edition of its DirectX API &ndash; and has promised that it&rsquo;ll deliver more efficient, console-like graphics performance on PCs. DirectX 12 offers far better support for multi-core processors, you see: while its predecessor would weight graphics processing unevenly (with a quad-core GPU, for instance, one core would perform the bulk of the work), it spreads the load evenly over all cores. That&rsquo;s similar to how a console does things, meaning developers should be able to wring better graphical performance out of PCs than was possible with DirectX 11.</p> <p>Sadly, DirectX 12 won&rsquo;t be dropping onto your PC anytime soon. Microsoft has pencilled in a full release date of late 2015, although there will be a preview version out later this year and possibly some form of early access program.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2110085/next-gen-directx-12-graphics-tech-revealed-hitting-microsoft-platforms-in-2015.html">PC World</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DirectX 12 logo" alt="DirectX 12 logo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/directx-12-logo.jpg?1395411955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gdc-best-gaming-news-and-highlights/feature#comments Apps and Games Console games Games consoles Gaming GDC 2014 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:25:57 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433673 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4 owners could soon be strapping games directly to their faces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" alt="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-headset%20%281%29.jpg?1394760907" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours of a Sony VR headset refuse to die out, with the latest whispers pointing to an official reveal at the Game Developers Conference next week.</p> <p>According to Edge&rsquo;s sources, numerous third party developers are currently in possession of the headset, and they&#39;re very impressed with it.</p> <p>Those lucky enough to step into Sony&#39;s virtual world have described the headset as being superior to the Oculus Rift, which is currently at the front of the VR headset race.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Early iterations of the Rift resulted in many users feeling sick, thanks to its lower refresh rates. The improved version that we played with at CES earlier this year brought faster refresh rates and higher resolution screens to the table, and we felt absolutely fine (despite the questionable buffet shrimp cocktails we munched on beforehand).</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype</a> was even better, pushing VR technology even further by throwing head tracking into the mix for an even more natural virtual experience.</p> <p>If Sony&#39;s VR headset is better than that, then we really are in for a treat.</p> <p>This isn&#39;t the first time Sony&#39;s dabbled in screen-to-eyeball headgear. Its personal 3D viewer which was released a couple of years ago offers twin full HD OLED displays with 5.1 virtual surround sound for enjoying movies, but it wasn&#39;t built with gaming in mind.</p> <p>At &pound;1300, it costs more than both next-gen consoles combined, so we&rsquo;re praying to the gaming gods that Sony&#39;s upcoming headset will go easy on our wallets.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unclear at this stage whether or not the VR headset will only work with the PS4, but we haven&rsquo;t got too long to go before all is officially revealed, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature" target="_blank">Face-on review: Oculus Rift Crystal Cove, a bona fide VR revolution</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.edge-online.com/news/sonys-vr-tech-will-be-revealed-at-gdc-and-it-represents-virtual-reality-gamings-greatest-hope/" target="_blank">Edge</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/127860-sony-reportedly-set-to-reveal-oculus-rift-like-vr-headset-next-week" target="_blank">Pocket Lint</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" alt="Sony set to reveal an Oculus Rift-like VR gaming headset at GDC next week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-rift-crystal-cove-01%20%281%29.jpg?1394760907" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony-set-reveal-oculus-rift-vr-gaming-headset-gdc-next-week/news#comments Gaming GDC 2014 PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:17:55 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433664 at http://www.stuff.tv