Valve’s classic 3D puzzle game Portal has been upgraded to run on Nvidia’s RTX GPUs. The new version has dramatically better ray-traced graphics with new textures, volumetric lighting, fog, smoke, and shadows. Best of all, it’s a free download for all players with Portal in their Steam game library.
Two Minute Papers shows off a computer graphics tech that can create 3D objects from 2D images. Developed by NVIDIA, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute, the tech can work with as little as a single reference photo to produce a 3D model, materials, and lighting. The longer the AI runs, the more detail it extracts.
Based on NVIDIA’s GauGAN research project, Canvas is an AI-powered computer graphics app that can produce realistic landscapes from doodles. It can even export parts of the drawing as Photoshop layers. The Beta version of the app is available for Windows 10 users with any RTX graphics card.
With the increased need for video calls these days, those with low-bandwidth connections may experience poor video quality. This tech being developed at NVIDIA dramatically reduces bandwidth needs by sending a fixed image, then using an AI-controlled avatar to track and replicate their facial movements in real-time.
NVIDIA’s powerful Android TV streaming media player not only supports 4K and HDR, but it has a Plex server built in, support for USB peripherals, and can stream games from NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service. It also features AI-enhanced 4K upscaling for lower-resolution content, and works great as a game emulator.
The crazy expensive HP Omen X Emperium 65 is the first commercially available NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display. The 65″ monitor has HDR, a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, and NVIDIA G-Sync. It also has an NVIDIA Shield built-in and comes with a soundbar.
Researchers from NVIDIA demonstrate “A Style-Based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks,” which is a fancy way of describing artificial intelligence that’s capable of creating human face variants and other objects that never actually existed in real life.
Turing is the latest tech from GPU experts NVIDIA. It represents a breakthrough in real-time ray tracing – long thought of as the holy grail of CGI due to its ability to replicate reflections. The tech is currently pricey, but we hope to see it in gaming systems someday.
Nvidia’s Big Format Gaming Display is meant to be a 4K TV for gamers. It has a 65″ 4K HDR screen with 120Hz refresh rate and compatibility with G-Sync technology. It also has Nvidia’s Shield streaming built-in. Look for BFGDs from Asus, Acer and HP in 2018.
Built to run the latest VR games, the GT83VR Titan SLI is a monster of a gaming laptop, with an 18.4″ display, Intel’s quad-core i7-6920HQ or 6820HK CPU, 512GB to 1TB SSD, Nvidia GTX 1080 Dual SLI GPUs, and a mechanical Steelseries keyboard with RGB backlighting.
To promote its SHIELD gaming system, NVIDIA dropped professional skydiver Jeff Provenzano from a C-130 Hercules transporter while playing games in his living room. They want us to question whether it’s real or fake, but we’re thinking it’s real, given Jeff’s credentials.