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Posts tagged “tech”

Feature: The war is over.

I Kind Of Miss The Tech War

The slow-down of PC tech has left a strange hollow in my life. If you're older than a tiny baby, you'll remember the days when your PC was perpetually on the verge of not being able to play the current crop of games no matter how frequently you upgraded it. Now, my PC insides are a couple of years old, and playing everything on maximum.…

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Fiddle With Nvidia’s GraphicsFace Features

It feels like it was only, ooh, 1 month and 24 days since we last risked our collective sanity. We stared into the cold, shark-like eyes of the technological advancement of NvIdIa'S FaceWorks and lived. But at what cost? Back then, we were given a peep into the future of GraphicsFace with Digital Ira, a sadly uninteractive demonstration of what gamefaces will be like in…

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Feature: The future of looking at stuff

Week in Tech: 4K Screens, Virtual Reality, New GPU Grunt

Let's shake off the downbeat vibe from our last installment involving console toyboxes with some promising prospects for PC display tech. For starters, ultra high-res LCD panels look fairly likely to transition to the PC. If that's an incremental step, could virtual reality in the form of the Oculus Rift headset deliver a real-world rendering revolution? I've also got a little something known as frame…

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MANFACE: Perfecting CG Spotty Skin

The battle of Uncanny Valley is where CGI finally triumphed over reality: pixels stood proudly over humans showing off their parametrization maps and tone mapping that accurately depicted the imperfection of human skin and declared victory over reality. The first shot in the war fired when researcher Jorge Jimenez released this work on real-time realistic skin rendering, showing off the difference SSSS (Sexy Separable Subsurface…

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David Braben Making A USB PC For £15?

David Braben, he of Elite fame, has unveiled a PC that fits on a USB stick, the Raspberry PI. He has also unveiled a brand new way of pronouncing "obfuscated". The device has an HDMI in at one end, and a USB out at the other, letting you plug it directly into a television, and then attach a keyboard. Braben's rather egalitarian idea is that…

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Motion Tracking Controller For PC?

Are you ready to have the way you play PC games revolutionised? No? Well tough, because a man said it's going to happen. News from Consumer Electronics Show suggests that there's a push to convince us we need a six-axis/Wii remote/wavy throwy gun-style controller for the PC, and no less than Valve are providing the shouting. The attack is coming from three companies, peripheral manufacturer…

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Valve Survey – New Results Available

Valve have released the latest user survey data, which records the specs of the machines, and software on those machines, belonging to the people playing their games. If you've used Steam, you'll know that every now and then you're asked to participate in the survey (and if you're me, which I am, you'll know that for some reason it always fails to send). All that…

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More site-tech blather

Glance to your right, down a bit, down a bit more, no, up a little, and there. You'll see we've a few more pages, some of which pertain to you, the perfectly-proportioned reader, and how you can help RPS and the community we hope to build here. Have a read, why not? Also, we've a fancy new random-image header to the site, but in some…

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