January 2017

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MSI Press Release VR Laptop with the Latest 7th Gen Intel i7

VR Laptop with the latest 7th Gen i7 I’m Excited to get my hands on the new VR Laptop GE62VR and GE72VR with the latest 7th Gen i7 from MSI after seeing our tests on the VR Laptop  GE62VR  you can understand why! This is the latest Press Release from MSI. But if you’re not looking for VR MSI has you covered with the GTX 1050Ti/1050 GPU’s . I’m in the middle of testing the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X in out Budget PC and it’s looking good! Back to Testing for me! MSI Press Release MSI is Bringing You the Latest GE72 and GE62 with 7th Gen. Intel® Core i7 Platform and New GeForce® GTX 1050Ti/1050 to Reach New Heights for Smoother and Faster Performance Gaming. New CPU, New Improvements, New Heights [Taipei, Taiwan] MSI GE series always gives plenty of gaming features for gamers to enhance their gaming experience, unlike many others notebooks that only compete in specs. With the new Intel® 7th Generation Core i7 CPU, codename Kaby Lake, gamers are expected to experience up to 15% in CPU performance boost, stronger VR gaming, 4K gaming and 4K video transcoding.  Added with the latest GeForce® GTX 1050Ti/1050, gamers can expect their notebook to actually run triple A titles like never before. In CES 2017, MSI will be launching its GE72MVR, GE62MVR, GE72VR, GE62VR, GE72 and GE62 series into the market; moving forward together with Intel and nVIDIA for all users who desire better gaming experience and smoother 4K video experience in early 2017.   Just what improvements are we expecting from the new CPU? -increased arithmetic processing, -4K Video, Multimedia -4Ktranscoding Three of the four specified fields(arithmetic, 4K, multimedia) are practically used in everyday operation for most PC users. Increased performance translates to faster response, operate heavier workload, as well as operate multiple heavy-loading applications simultaneously. With that being said, this welcoming enhancement greatly benefits all fields; including casual, professional, and gaming applications; giving them a more snappy responses from MSI notebooks. Read on here:

Games

Budget GPU Test: Serious Sam VR the First Encounter – AMD vs NVIDIA

Serious Sam VR the First Encounter is like a perfectly restored classic muscle car that has all the features you love and includes modern performance enhancements and creature comforts. We Benchmark this diehard FPS on two Budget GPUs, the AMD-RX-480 and the NVIDIA GTX 1060 on the HTC Vive. Serious Sam the First Encounter (SSTFE) was originally released in 2001 by Croteam as a demonstrator for their engine. It was priced at less that half of other FPS games of that time to help it achieve market saturation and it worked. It was a staple disk to have in your LAN party CD folder. SSTFE was an instant hit and I have spent hundreds of hours playing solo, deathmatch and co-op, eating pizza and drinking beer to all hours of the morning. It was the game that you started up just as the LAN party was fading out at 1 or 2am and the last standing 4 gamers got a new wind of excitement as they joined forces to fight untold evils together. It always started as one quick last game and for the new unsuspecting gamers who thought bed was thirty minutes away, they found themselves trapped in an epic battle with the last four gamers for the next four hours. Fast forward 15 years and we now have a full offical port of SSTFE into VR.  Serious Sam VR the First Encounter is not like other VR hacks of old games such as Doom and Portal. This is an official remake with well thought out settings for graphics, interface and movement. It’s like someone gave Serious Sam to West Coast Customs and they handed back a restored masterpiece!

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HTC Upgrading the Vive with 2 new Accessories at CES 2017

Some thought that we might see a HTC Vive 2 at CES and if we did I would have been shocked and I’m glad the HTC squash the rumors but with today’s announcement  HTC Vive is starting CES 2017 with a bang introducing two new accessories and new services that is a way is giving us a new Vive Experience. Good news for us Vive owners comes in the way of upgrades to our current Vives,  available in Q2 2017, the Vive Tracker and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap are all new accessories that will improve your Vive experience, not to forget the KwikVR  and TPCAST  wireless accessories available this year. The Vive Tracker, available in Q2 this year, let’s you add motion tracking all sorts of new items like baseball bats guns and gloves and we cannot see that causing destruction in anyone’s home Nooo…  The Tracker weighs just under three ounces (90g) and is 99.65mm (Diameter) x 42.27mm (Height). The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap  with adjustable headphones, elimates one more nuisance I have with the Vive for I am forever catching my headphon cord when I try to get an arrow out of my back quiver or get my backpack .   The headstrap features integrated headphones and a new customizable sizing dial for quickly adjusting the fit  The Deluxe Audio Strap will also be available in Q2. Pricing for both the Tracker and Deluxe Audio Strap will be announced by HTC soon.  

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Scalable Graphics KwikVR Cutting the VR cord at CES With HTC Vive wireless

A 2nd company had entered the HTC Vive wireless market to free VR user from the tether the first on the scene was TPCAST and now we have Scalable Graphics KwikVR . The KwikVR will début at CES next week. I don’t know how well any wireless solution will work with current hardware given the ” under 12 ms” times this might be fine for slow-moving experiences but jump into any fast FPS game and it might be like the video/audio is just a bit out of sinc. I do notice a slight sluggish in games that are GPU capped at 14ms but you do just live with it. the Question is, will the 12ms + 4ms to 14ms from your GPU  be too much of a burden? Or will cutting the cables be worth it?