FYI: Look what money can buy

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Announcements

  • NVIDIA announces GeForce GTX Titan Z for $2999 USD (via AnandTech)
  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion (via Press Release)
  • DriveClub director leaves Evolution Studios (via VideoGamer)

What a crazy day for technology news. First NVIDIA announces a $3000 video card for purchase and then Facebook drops $2 billion for Oculus VR. I won’t be purchasing that $3000 video card but I may buy a Facebook owned Oculus VR if the price and support is right. I can see it being affordable but what about the gaming support? Notch already cancelled plans for an Oculus Rift version of Minecraft just because it was Facebook who purchased them. Who else will react like this?

Also what is happening over at Sony’s internal studios? Another one of their studio directors left the fold and this time it’s for a delayed game. Is it time to worry?

FYI: GDC 2014 News & More

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Announcements

  • Sony’s Virtual Reality Headset unveiled as “Project Morpheus” (via PS.Blog)
    • 1080p w/ 90 degree field of view
    • Positional and orientation tracking with help of accelerometers, gyroscopes and PlayStation Camera
    • No pricing or release plans announced
  • Some PlayStation 4 firmware 1.7 features detailed (via PS.Blog)
    • Video editor
    • Ability to export video and photos to USB
    • Option to disable HDCP for capturing game footage via HDMI
  • Sony integrating additional tools and middleware engines into the PlayStation 4 (via PS.Blog)
  • Intel Haswell-E feature 8-cores, DDR4 and X99 chipset coming 2H 2014 (via AnandTech)

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Oculus Rift Kickstarter Promises Amazing VR

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Remember that virtual reality headset that John Carmack was smitten by back at E3 2012? It’s being Kickstarted. And with so many gaming industry luminaries like John Carmack, Gabe Newell and Cliff Bleszinski pledging support and interest in the product, it’s tough not to get excited for this product. You should watch the Kickstarter video; it will explain everything.

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At the time of writing, they’ve nearly doubled their funding target and they JUST launched their campaign. What a pace! I hope this VR headset endeavour pans out and that I will be able to own one in the not so distant future.