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Epic Games Reveals the Thief in the Shadows with the GTX TITAN X


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Earlier today Epic Games revealed it would be holding a keynote address at GDC 2015 that would cover the state of the Unreal Engine and what the future holds. Evidently the future is quite large, as Epic Games is partnering up with Weta Digital, Oculus, and NVIDIA to push virtual reality to a whole new level. Showcasing this new VR possibility is a demo featuring the "Thief in the Shadows" scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In it we see the great serpent Smaug in his gold pile, talking to the person wearing the Oculus Crescent Bay prototype headset as if the person is actually there with Smaug under the mountain. It is an impressive experience that is made possible with a brand new toy from NVIDIA: the GeForce GTX TITAN X.

 

The TITAN X is the latest iteration of the company's powerhouse card, with a Maxwell GPU, eight billion transistors, and a 12GB framebuffer. Full details of the TITAN X are still under wraps until NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference later this month, but CEO Jen-Hsun Huang sounds positively excited about what it can do.

 

NVIDIA's new card enables the "Thief in the Shadows" demo to run at 90 frames per second on the Crescent Bay headset. Smaug is brought to life before your very eyes thanks to Unreal Engine 4, and sounds like he's right in front of you, too, thanks to the Oculus Audio SDK. Coins clink and fall as Smaug shifts around, his breathing fills your ears, and his massive 500-foot frame dominates your vision when he reveals himself.

 

Attendees of GDC 2015 can check out the "Thief in the Shadows" demo at the Epic Games, NVIDIA, and Oculus booths. The GTX TITAN X may make an appearance, too, but remember, the full details of that massive card will be revealed in two weeks.

 

Source: Press Release and NVIDIA Blog



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It's been a crazy month for those guys with the announcement of free UE4, the availability of 5 million in grant money for developers using the engine, major strides in UT4 and now this!

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