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Texas Company Uses Oculus Go in Training Flights

A Texas company called Thrust Vector is using an Oculus Go inside airborn training aircraft to simulate various scenarios. The cofounders say they've flown "probably 2 dozen full approaches in full VR, all the way down to about 50 feet above the runway." The current incarnation of the system uses Unity, Mapbox, and an ADS-B sensor called Stratux to generate the simulation, but the company says they want to use more powerful headsets in the future. Check out a video of the system below:

The idea is that with a "PC-driven VR system such as the Oculus Rift, we can create an endless array of training scenarios; poor weather, equipment failures, even combat scenarios with virtual ground and aerial targets. And unlike a simulator, the trainee will feel every stick input for real. The irony here is, many people using VR flight simulators experience nausea, because they’re seeing movement that their body doesn’t actually feel. Having VR in-flight can actually prevent nausea, because your sight is now in total agreement with your vestibular system." Nagle added that he believes "FAA approval is usually relegated to things which are permanently mounted in the cockpit. Nonetheless, we look forward to working with the FAA as we refine the technology to make sure we stay within the boundaries of common sense and the regulations. After all, ultimately the goal is to improve safety, not compromise it."

Posted by alphaatlas October 17, 2018 9:11 AM (CDT)

Otoy Uses Gamer GPU Cloud to Render Content

VentureBeat reports that Otoy is using a gamer GPU "cloud" to collaboratively render graphics on the cheap. RNDR is an advancement of established cloud-based rendering company OTOY, which leverages blockchain technology and a distributed network of idle GPUs to render graphics more quickly and efficiently. The company claims the whole system obtained a combined OctaneBench score of 1.5 million, compared to a score of 37 for a single Amazon EC2 instance with Nvidia Tesla GPUs. The project has already received support from JJ Abrams and Ari Emanuel. Interestingly, Otoy announced a "fusion cloud" rendering project with AMD back in 2009, and this appears to be the fruit of those efforts.

In an email, Urbach said, "In one week, we have amassed more GPU rendering power, from small individual users on the RNDR network, than we have ever been able to offer in the five years since we launched Otoy's public cloud services. This indicates that our network will only continue to grow and expand, especially once we allow larger mining facilities onto the network, and also offer MESA/MPAA certification guidelines for studio work. The cost and scale of GPU rendering and compute has been turned on its head through the RNDR platform, just 10 years after I first made the case for this with the CEO of AMD on stage at CES 2009. Through RNDR, we now have the capacity to process jobs for holographic rendering (100 times the compute of VR or film rendering) for games and volumetric media (such as for our partnership with Facebook 360)."

Posted by alphaatlas October 17, 2018 8:45 AM (CDT)

Battlefield 5 Gets a Singleplayer Campaign Trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may have ditched the campaign mode for more multiplayer content, but Battlefield 5 still has a singleplayer campaign. Check out the new trailer for it below.

Discover the untold stories of World War 2 with Battlefield V's single player War Stories. In Nordlys, resist German occupation in Norway, sabotage behind enemy lines as an unlikely English soldier in Under No Flag, fight for a home you've never seen in Tirailleur, and in The Last Tiger (available in December) join the crew of a Tiger I as they question why they fight. Battlefield V is out worldwide November 20.

Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 10:20 AM (CDT)

Epic Games Sues Yet Another Fortnite Cheater, Alleging Copyright Infringement

Popular YouTuber "Golden Modz" (Brandon Lucas) is the latest personality to get sued by Epic Games for cheating in Fortnite. The streamer has made a name for himself by advertising cheats (dubbed "magical powers") to his 1.7 million subscribers, which he would then sell on multiple storefronts. An associate, Colton Conter (a.k.a. "Exentric"), is also being sued.

Both defendants have displayed their use of cheats in various YouTube videos. By using these cheats, they inject code into the game which modifies the original, which is a clear violation of copyright law, according to Epic Games. Even worse, Golden Modz also stands accused of selling cheats online through the websites and, which are often advertised in his gameplay videos.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 2:05 PM (CDT)

Microsoft Employees Beg Company Not to Bid on US Military's Project JEDI

Microsoft wants in on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Department of Defense, but many of the company’s employees want nothing to do with it. Echoing Google and the drama over Chinese search engine "Dragonfly," Microsoft workers have officialized their disapproval with an open letter: "don’t bid on JEDI."

Many Microsoft employees don’t believe that what we build should be used for waging war. When we decided to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of "empowering every person on the planet to achieve more," not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality. For those who say that another company will simply pick up JEDI where Microsoft leaves it, we would ask workers at that company to do the same.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 11:25 AM (CDT)

HITMAN 2 - Ghost Mode Game-Play Reveal

Hitman 2 has will feature a new Ghost Mode where you can race an opponent to complete 5 hits. You can see the other player's "ghost" but your actions don't affect their world. Spotted kills do not count and there is a timer that activates when a kill is performed by one of the players so be fast. The targets are all randomly picked so no two matches are alike.

Ghost Mode in HITMAN 2, gives players the chance to simultaneously hunt targets while in the same location and can see a "ghost" version of their rival gamer to track progress against their own, but they exist in separate realities unaffected by the actions of their adversary. In Ghost Mode, the player who can outsmart, outplay and outkill their opponent by eliminating five targets first, will declare victory.

Posted by cageymaru October 12, 2018 6:00 PM (CDT)

PayPal Ban on Game Cheats Website Leads to a Spike in Sales

PayPal has banned an undisclosed game cheats website from using their payment service after the PUBG Corporation issued a copyright complaint against the cheat maker. This caused the company to lose access to its PayPal funds for a period of six months. But an unintended consequence of this move is that gamers are now spending more than ever with the game cheat creator. This is because they now exclusively accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment.

"Interestingly, while many of our customers complain that we don't support PayPal they all sign up at Coinbase, Kraken and BitPay to be able to buy our products," the source mentioned. "At this rate, we are converting about 7,000 to 9,000 gamers every month to CryptoCurrency. The BitCoin Community should thank PayPal for this boost - it appears that other websites had similar issues and are now only selling through cryptocurrency."

Posted by cageymaru October 12, 2018 12:55 PM (CDT)

Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 416.34 WHQL Has Been Released

Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 416.34 WHQL has been released and it provides the optimal gaming experience for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, SOULCALIBUR VI, and GRIP. Fixed issues in this release include: Games launch to a black screen when DSR is enabled. [2411501]. Some games produce red/green/blue shimmering line when played in full-screen mode and with G-SYNC enabled. [2041443]. [Windows Defender Application Guard][vGPU][Surround]: Surround cannot be enabled from the NVIDIA Control Panel when running Edge Browser with Application Guard over vGPU. [200444614]. [PUBG]: Issue with shadows may occur in the game. [2414749]. When HDR is enabled, games show green corruption. [2400448]. The release notes are located here.

Windows 10 issues: [Windows Defender Application Guard][vGPU][Surround]: Edge Browser with Application Guard cannot be opened when Surround is enabled. [200443580]. [GeForce GTX 1060]AV receiver switches to 2-channel stereo mode after 5 seconds of audio idle. [2204857]. [GeForce GTX 1080Ti]: Random DPC watchdog violation error when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips. [2079538]. [SLI][HDR][Battlefield 1]: With HDR enabled, the display turns pink after changing the refresh rate from 144 Hz to 120 Hz using in-game settings. [200457196]. [Firefox]: Cursor shows brief corruption when hovering on certain links in Firefox. [2107201]. [Far Cry 5]: Flickering occurs in the game. [2400207].

Posted by cageymaru October 11, 2018 10:51 PM (CDT)

Just Cause 4 - Story Gameplay Trailer

The new trailer for Just Cause 4 has been released. The game will follow the continuing exploits of Rico Rodriguez and has a December 4, 2018 release date.

Welcome to Solis, a huge South American world home of conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions. Just Cause 4 sees rogue hero Rico Rodriguez land in Solis to hunt down the truth about his past, at any costs. Strap into your wingsuit, equip your fully customizable grappling hook, and get ready to bring the thunder!

Posted by cageymaru October 10, 2018 2:06 PM (CDT)

"Dr. Grordbort's Invaders" AR Game Gets a Trailer

Coinciding with the wider availability of the Magic Leap One, Weta Workshop showed off a new trailer for "Dr. Grordbort's Invaders" at L.E.A.P. Con. The game will be available for free, and is rumored to include some sort of multiplayer functionality. More info should be coming out of L.E.A.P. Con soon, for those who are interested. The Magic Leap's app store is relatively empty at this point, but developers did show off an Angry Birds trailer last month.

The magic of LuminOS planes and meshing API makes Dr. Grordbort's Invaders fully interact with your world. Robots come through the walls, the floor - even from behind your couch. And with the GPU and CPU engine generating hyper-real visuals, every Probebot, Simpletron and Thugmobot will have you feeling like you're really surrounded.

Posted by alphaatlas October 10, 2018 10:09 AM (CDT)

Vortx Blows While You Game

Last month, Whirlwind FX launched a curious desktop gaming accessory. Vortx is a fan about the size of a desktop speaker that constantly analyzes audio and video from games, and reacts accordingly. Ski down a snowy mountain, and it'll blow room temperature air. If there's an explosion on screen, you'll get a puff of hot air. According to some reviews, the tech works surprisingly well in some game sequences, while failing miserably in others. Vortx also posted a launch video last month, which you can see below, and the product costs $120 on their website.

When it correctly identifies the environment, the Vortx delivers an incredible layer of realism. In Battlefield, I felt the heat from a burning tank and gusts of air as vehicles passed. Similarly, the Vortx responded to the opening mountain climbing scene in Rise of the Tomb Raider as though it were made for it, delivering bursts of air whenever the on-screen wind picked up. However, there was still a disconnect, since the "cool" air isn't as intense as a snowy chill or even a refrigerator. Meanwhile, the heat can be intense, but not uncomfortably so. The device was less impressive with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The Vortx seemed to be confused by the underwater sequences, firing puffs of air warm while Lara was swimming. It also intermittently delivered puffs of warm air when there was no apparent source, which is a problem it has across multiple games. These instances break the immersion, causing me to search for the source of heat instead of focusing on what's going on. Over time, the Vortx warms to a point where cool blasts become less noticeable, adding to the list of sensory problems.

Posted by alphaatlas October 10, 2018 8:25 AM (CDT)

Microsoft Announces xCloud Game Streaming Service

Today, Microsoft officially announced Project xCloud, an Xbox game streaming service. Microsoft says they've built out custom hardware in their Azure datacenters to enable "compatibility with existing and future Xbox games." A video on Microsoft's blog shows off the new blade servers, which they will deploy all over the world. Microsoft says they're already testing xCloud on phones and tablets paired with Bluetooth Xbox Wireless Controllers, and that they are developing touch-based input for specific games. There's no firm release date for the service, but Microsoft states that more information is coming soon. claims that Microsoft is working on a streaming-only Xbox console, but there's no official word on that yet.

Developers and researchers at Microsoft Research are creating ways to combat latency through advances in networking topology, and video encoding and decoding. Project xCloud will have the capability to make game streaming possible on 4G networks and will dynamically scale to push against the outer limits of what’s possible on 5G networks as they roll out globally. Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second. Our goal is to deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device and network. We are looking forward to learning with you during our public trials next year and sharing more details as we continue on this journey to the future of gaming with you at the center. Stay tuned!

Posted by alphaatlas October 08, 2018 9:40 AM (CDT)