Tech Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Tech RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Naraka: Bladepoint is the First Unity-Built Game to Use DLSS Fri, 16 Apr 2021 12:17:00 -0400 David Carcasole

Two days after NVIDIA announced that their AI upscaling software DLSS would be coming to the Unity engine, we now know the first game that will take advantage of it. Naraka: Bladepoint is a battle royale game being developed by 24 Entertainment, and while some lucky players will get to see it in action as soon as April 23, 2021, through a closed beta test, it won't fully launch until sometime later this year. 

If you'd like a sneak preview of Naraka using DLSS, you can watch the video showing off the technology here: 

24 Entertainment said it "is dedicated to bringing players of Naraka: Bladepoint a truly exceptional gaming experience  and DLSS is a major component in delivering on that promise."

The news of DLSS compatibility with Unity is quite exciting, at least for those with 20 and 30 series NVIDIA graphics cards. It's also exciting for developers, who, according to Mathieu Muller, Senior Product Manager of High End Graphics at Unity Technology, will be able to input DLSS in their Unity builds "with just a few clicks."

Games built on Unity include titles such as Hollow Knight, Cuphead, Praey For The Gods, Disco Elysium, and Outer Wilds. We've already seen what DLSS can do for titles like Control, and as more of the industry adopts NVIDIA's technology, it'll be interesting to see how it will be used to give players everywhere an incredible visual experience, whatever their hardware.  

Those interested in checking out Naraka before its official release can request closed-beta access on Steam.

10 Pieces of Software That Will Enhance Your PC Gaming Experience Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:55:48 -0500 thatzacdavis

Gaming on a PC can be a great experience for gamers with the different graphical and control options, but playing on a computer can mean much more than just beautiful graphics and mods.

1. Razer Game Booster

PCs can produce the best graphics gamers have ever seen, but that comes at a price price too steep for many people. That's where this nice little utility comes in. Razer Game Booster can give budget gamers (or those playing on the family desktop) that little extra oomph needed to run games more smoothly.

It temporarily shuts down extra processes that the operating system runs when put in gaming mode, but turns them all back on when exiting the mode. This can be done manually or automatically if the program detects the game.

The software also comes with a built-in FPS counter, as well as video recording and screenshot capabilities. These are especially welcome additions when you are not running a game through Steam.

2. XPadder

No gaming rig would be complete without this life-saving utility. Imagine your disbelief when you load up Mass Effect on your PC with your wired Xbox 360 controller plugged into it, only to find out that you have to use the keyboard. XPadder to the rescue! Seriously, this program just plain works.

For $10, it will read your controller inputs and convert them into mouse and keyboard inputs so you can play with whatever controller you want to. It even has a ton of profiles for games and standard controller layouts pre-made, so you don't have to map them out yourself.

3. DS4Windows

This one is for PS4 owners, or gamers that really wanted to use the DualShock 4 enough to buy it without the console. It will install the proper drivers for the DS4 right onto your PC and let you use it for any game that natively supports an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller by emulating it.

DS4Windows will even emulate a mouse, so you can sit back, put your feet up and navigate everything on your computer with precision.

4. TeamSpeak/Ventrilo/Mumble

A lot can be said for the way consoles handle communication between players, and some individual PC games handle voice fairly well, but there is no ubiquitous way to talk to friends across games.

That’s where these third-party voice chat programs come in. All three require a server to be hosted somewhere for everyone to connect to and use. So if that’s not in the cards, there is always Skype, which uses a peer-to-peer connection, but can effect RAM and CPU usage, and even ping for slower connections, so a voice chat program with a dedicated server is always more recommended.

5. Raptr

Have you ever wanted to send a message to your friend who’s on their Xbox playing some Halo while you're on your PC playing a round of Counter-Strike? Now you can with Raptr.

Raptor tracks playtime across all PC and Xbox games as well as achievements for both platforms, along with all PlayStation trophies. It even brings screenshot, video recording and streaming capabilities along with its chat feature, which can be helpful when not playing a game through Steam.

It also functions as a social network for gamers, where people can share links and discuss the latest news that get separated into feeds by game, genre and other categories.

6. OBS

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a full-featured dedicated streaming program with low overhead. It is considered by many to be easier to use than it’s pricier counterpart, XSplit.

Regardless, if you are serious about streaming, you’ll be using one of these two programs, and chances are you’ll want to start and stick with OBS.

7. SpeedFan

If you are ever concerned about the longevity of your computer parts, SpeedFan can help you keep them running at tip-top shape by keeping them cool when they need to be. Since the program gives you full control over your fans’ speeds, as well as a read-out of all the temperatures of your components, you will be able to conserve power by turning down the fan speeds when they do not need to be running at full blast.

8. FXAA Post-Process Injector

Some of the console port from last-generation do not take full advantage of the great hardware that you can pack into a PC. FXAA Post Process Injector helps with that by adding in anti-aliasing, HDR, bloom effects, and more to give you a more modern graphical experience.

Graphics nuts might not appreciate the lack of graphical options from some games, but this piece of software can easily help remedy the situation, and sometimes even outperforms the similar options that some games do have.

9. MSI Afterburner

This overclocking utility was originally developed just to help users get the best out of their MSI cards, but it works just fine for other brands as well.

You can control everything about your graphics card and monitor with MSI Afterburner or with the phone/tablet app by hooking it up to your WiFi network running it the corresponding server.

10. AMD Overdrive/Nvidia Inspector

Having the latest drivers for your GPU is extremely important, and getting them from the right source is also important. Depending on what brand of card you have, you’ll want to install one of these apps to avoid any possible bugs caused by old video card drivers and to make sure you always have the latest features that your card can handle.

There are many other programs out there, but most of them have game-specific uses, but hopefully, this list covered the basics for most PC gamers. Do you have another suggestion for a general PC gaming use? Let us know in the comments.

New Details About Microsoft's Streaming Service Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:59:04 -0400 The Ian M

Recently leaked to Gamespot, a source close to Microsoft revealed that in secretive meetings last week Microsoft demonstrated Halo 4 being streamed to a Surface tablet at an impressive "Xbox level quality."

The service is called Rio, previously codenamed Ridgeway, and is relatively low latency as reported by blogger Paul Thurrott. "[L]atency was down to 45 milliseconds, which is probably OK for simple single-player gaming but is in fact pretty high for real-time multiplayer gaming," this is a bit of a shame. Perhaps it's still a work in progress. 

Several theories have been floating around as to what Microsoft plans to do with its new tech. One of the more plausible ideas is that it will be used to solve the lack of backwards compatibility between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Instead of playing the game on the console it would just be streamed from a Microsoft data center.

In fact, the Redwood tech giant outright suggested streaming as a possibility earlier this month. Senior Xbox director Albert Penello said

 "There are so many things that the servers can do. Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it's things like voice processing. It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box," 

Who knows what the future holds? We already stream so much, from movies and television on Netflix to music on Spotify, so why not games from the cloud? 

Well for starters, companies like Gaikai and OnLive have tried to do it before and failed miserably.

Why were they miserable flailures? Limited bandwidth was a big problem. Most people lacked internet connections that were fast enough in order to have an enjoyable experience with low latency. 

Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft will face similar challenges, 45 milliseconds of latency, means it takes 45 miliseconds for input like a  button press to register onscreen. This is a long time relatively speaking and would render a lot of fast-paced games unplayable.

Rest In Peace Microsoft Rio, you were dead before you even hit the water.