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Developing NVIDIA Maxwell: the cooler bits

Developing NVIDIA Maxwell: the cooler bits

The next generation of NVIDIA graphics processing hardware is Maxwell, and this week the company has revealed several key features with which this generation will jump off. In addition to a card that’s impressive in its own right, we’re checking in with several new graphics technologies: DSR, MFAA, VXGI, and VR Direct. Both DSR and MFAA will contribute to the 4K environment, VXGI will bring on the next generation in lighting, and VR Direct will focus on the world of virtual reality.

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NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA is taking the Virtual Reality world head-on with a feature suite called VR Direct. This NVIDIA-made system works with the lowering of latency, VR SLI, VR DSR, MFAA, Auto Asynchronous Warp, and "Auto Stereo." This all starts with latency - the most important element in VR. If the image you’re looking at moves slower than your head thinks it should, you’ll get sick. From there, everything else can expand.

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NVIDIA tackles lighting with VXGI

NVIDIA tackles lighting with VXGI

With Voxel Cone Tracing (VXGI), NVIDIA is bringing on dynamic lighting to games of the future in real time. This system will be integrated with Unreal Engine 4 as well as a number of other major gaming engines by the end of 2014, and it appears that it'll bring a whole new age to the world of realistic lighting for all.

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DSR: NVIDIA down-scales 4K for all displays

DSR: NVIDIA down-scales 4K for all displays

NVIDIA is preparing for the near future in which 4K graphics appear well before the average gamer has a 4K display. Dynamic Super Resolution is the rendering of a game at 4K, then downsampling to the screen you’re working with. Instead of attempting to fit a curved line inside a grid of boxes, NVIDIA works with a filter.

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Fox News rips off BioShock Infinite logo

Fox News rips off BioShock Infinite logo

Whoever’s responsible for graphic design on "Fox & Friends" is not having a good day. This designer appears to have used a rather familiar source for their design of a "Defending the Homeland" segment marker as it looks rather familiar to a game we've played recently. The game: Bioshock Infinite. The design: main logo - typography, stars, colors, and all.

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The Xbox One is NOT getting an (instant fix) graphics upgrade

The Xbox One is NOT getting an (instant fix) graphics upgrade

Despite what you may have heard from some odd forums and other major publications, the Xbox One is not getting a graphics upgrade with the dawn of the Kinect-free model. In other words - you will not get a sharper image if you disconnect your Kinect now, nor will you see more frames per second. This update will bring a tiny bit more GPU power to developers - they are the ones that will have to take advantage of it.

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