Articles about GDC

Intel 2016 Next Computing Unit (NUC) Launched at GDC16
At GDC 2016, Intel has announced its new NUC or Next Computing Unit, which is basically a compact (desktop) computer design. This new version is a 45-Watt design that comes with a Gen6 Core i7 processor (the i7-6700HQ) while the user will add his/her own memory (32GB max) and disk storage (M.2 NVMe compatible) after purchasing the box.

Hands-On: Sony Morpheus Review
At GDC 2014, Sony dropped a bomb in the VR world by introducing its VR headset concept to the world (this was preceded by its share of Sony rumors). Called Morpheus, the VR headset is Sony’s way of saying that Virtual Reality came make a comeback after more than a decade after being shelved by the gaming industry. The the moment, the Sony Morpheus is still a concept, but as you […]

Hands-On: Oculus Rift Review (Crystal Cove, DK2)
It had been a while since I wore an Oculus Rift, and it was time to peek at the latest version of the hardware SDK, called Crystal Cove. I had missed out on the previous evolution, but it looks like this latest revision is much more interesting anyway. Oculus VR has worked hard to fix every pain points that it could, such as latency, response time and other critical aspects […]

Microsoft Could Have Been 'More Clear' About Xbox One Always-On Policies
Last year, following its announcement that the Xbox One would require an internet connection at all times, Microsoft received much criticism. There was actually quite a lot of debate on this matter, but the majority seemed to be leaning towards removal of the always-on policy. After a few months Microsoft rolled back the Xbox One always-on policy. The console came out in November last year and has since then been […]

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Original Final Fantasy XIV's Downfall Was Due To Overly Designed Flowerpots (Amongst Other Things)
When Square Enix first announced that they’d be attempting a Final Fantasy MMORPG, safe to say many gamers were thrilled by that news. The game was launched to much anticipation and hype, only to fall flat on its face shortly after, leading to Square Enix to relaunch it several years later as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.So what was it that led to the original Final Fantasy XIV doing […]

Project Morpheus' Specs Reportedly Pretty Close To 2nd Gen Oculus Rift
During GDC 2014, Sony and Oculus Rift both had virtual reality headset announcements. For Sony it was the announcement of Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset designed for gaming, and for Oculus Rift, it was the announcement of the Development Kit 2 that would be going up for pre-order.While Sony would seem like a strong competitor to Oculus Rift, the latter appears to be pretty pleased with Sony’s entrance, stating […]

Oculus Rift Welcomes Sony's Project Morpheus With Open Arms
During GDC 2014, Sony took the wraps off their own virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus. The folks at Oculus Rift were definitely not going to stand by and do nothing which is why they have also announced the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 that they would begin taking pre-orders for. That being said, it certainly looks like a rivalry has been created.However the folks at Oculus Rift have been in […]

PowerVR GPUs Get Hardware Ray-Tracing, Leap Everyone Else
I’ve seen the announcement from Imagination technologies earlier in the week, but I wanted to take a look at their Ray-Tracing demos and presentations to get a better idea. I finally got an opportunity to do so, and I really liked what I saw. The latest PowerVR GPU architecture has a new Ray Tracing Unit (or RTU) that can trace the path of light rays from one surface to another […]

PS4 DualShock 4 Light Bar Dim Option Coming In Next Update
The Sony PlayStation 4 brought with it a significantly revamped DualShock 4 controller. There’s a light bar on the controller itself, and while it does provide a really cool effect, it does feed on the controller’s battery. Some gamers would prefer to cut down on the novelty as much as they can if it helps extend the DualShock 4’s battery life even if in the slightest. If you’re one of those […]

DirectX 12: A Rather Awesome Software-Only Evolution
Microsoft has just finished presenting its preview of DirectX 12 (Direct3D 12 in particular), their newest graphics API (Application Programming Interface) which lets game developers control graphics processing units (GPUs) in games and other graphics applications. Although DirectX has been an excellent graphics API since DirectX 8, Microsoft’s DirectX 12 is going to address long-standing issues that were carried out until DirectX 11. As a result, developers will get the […]

Facebook Game Notifications Get More Detailed
The devil’s in the details, or so the saying goes. For those of you who have spent the better part of your past few years getting social on Facebook while indulging in the many games (time sinkholes, I call them) whether you are at the office in front of a desktop computer, or are on the move and playing with a mobile device, I am quite sure that would have […]

Crytek's CryEngine Adopts Subscription Model At $10 A Month
Earlier we reported that Epic Games had announced during GDC 2014 that Unreal Engine 4 would become a subscription-based product, in which developers will be able to access the engine, editors, and even the source code for $19.99 a month.This is good news for small time developers looking to make some pretty impressive games or utilize Unreal Engine 4 for other purposes. However it seems that Crytek has decided to […]

Firefox Powers Better In-Browser Games At GDC14
On the heels of the game-changing announcement from Epic Games earlier today, I headed out to Mozilla’s booth at GDC14 to get a demo of their progress in running the Unreal and Unity engines in the browser. you may have seen Unity web containers in the past, but this is totally different since Unity has added support for a web/Javascript target. Now, two of the most popular game engines can […]

Unreal Engine 4 Complete Access For $19/mo
Epic Games was holding a presentation during which they demonstrated new Unreal engine 4 (UE4) features, along with a completely new business model. Starting from today, Unreal Engine 4 will become a subscription-based products with which anyone can access all the UE4 engine, editors and source code (!) for $19.99 per month.

Blackberry Gaming Platform Advantages, In Select Markets
Ever since the Blackberry Playbook tablet came out with the QNX-based operating system (OS), Blackberry had a software platform that was genuinely gaming capable. That was clearly not the case of previous Blackberry OSes that were all about “security and enterprise” features — at the expense of app performance. With Blackberry 10, a fresh page has been turned and it is also a new opportunity for developers, under certain conditions…

Intel PixelSync Contributes To computer Graphics History
At GDC 2013, Intel has revealed some details of its 4th Gen Core Processors, including details about their upcoming graphics processors features (all Intel Core processor comes with a graphics processor or integrated GPU inside). Not surprisingly, DirectX 11.1 is supported, but what was not expected was that Intel actually extended upon the DX11 specifications to include two new features: Instant Access and PixelSync. Instant Access provides a more straightforward, […]

Unity 4 Game Engine Becomes 'Massively Multi-Platform'
Unity 4 has launched, and a lot of game developers worldwide are extremely enthusiastic about it. For end-users like you and I, it means that more games (and better games) will be available across all platforms, and for game developers, it means more features, better tools and a larger opportunity to leverage their work (make money) on new platforms. In you are not familiar with Unity, it’s a cross-platform game […]

Fourth Dimension Displays wants to take gaming to the next level
If there’s anything that we’ve learnt from all the video game-based hacks out there – games just aren’t immersive enough right now and people are willing to resort to DIY contraptions to improve their gaming experiences. Well, one company known as Fourth Dimension Displays is determined to make such a change as well. The company has come up with a special headset featuring a high definition display in each lens, […]

Nintendo has glasses-free 3D Wii prototype
The case for 3D gaming isn’t really all that compelling to be honest, even until now, especially when you might be required to upgrade your regular flat screen TV to one that is able to support 3D. Of course, it also doesn’t rule out the fact that you will need to wear a pair of those dorky looking glasses – which is why glasses-free 3D might be just the thing […]

Sony to release developer tools for the PlayStation Move
It looks like Sony has plans to bring their PlayStation Move controller out of the gaming world. The manufacturer of the PlayStation 3 will be releasing Move.Me – a development kit that hobbyists can use to create software that can be used with the PlayStation Move. According to reports, Sony’s senior engineer of development support, John McCutchan, has said that they want the Move technology to be used in “fields […]