HTC Vive mobile, Intel supports Vulkan, Phone calls on Amazon Echo

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Hey, guys! Last week, I saw that you were all very upset that I shaved my beard, so I just wanted to apologize for that. Sometimes, I like to shave the hair on my face to switch it up a little bit. But based on previous experiences, I’m quite confident that it will grow back. Also, a shout out to the guy in the comments last week, who explained why my voice is so weird. Thanks for remembering the story I told a while back. Ok, Tech News time.

 

Today, in an interview with CNET, the CFO of HTC, Chia-lin Chang confirmed that the company would be launching a mobile VR device of sorts by the end of this year. HTC will actually be showing it off in the coming months, said Chang, but indicated that it will be a bit more complicated than headsets like Gear VR and Daydream.  BUT, the new headset will be compatible with  HTC’s new flagship phone, the U Ultra. Chang said that HTC has a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR and, well, ya it would be interesting to see if HTC can come out with a more accessible version of the VIVE, that could actually be worth using without having to vomit as a result. Sorry, I haven’t had good experiences with Gear VR. Haven’t tried Daydream. But ya, I believe in you, HTC.

 

And just in time for Vulkan’s birthday, Intel has added support for the API. Vulkan written games and VR applications will work with GPUs integrated into Kaby Lake and Skylake chips. It will also work with Intel HD Graphics 505 GPU in the Apollo Lake chip. It has previously been possible to run Vulkan games with NVIDIA or AMD drivers on GPUs, but that method turned out to be a bit shaky. Most Windows games currently run closed-source DX12, but the open-source Vulkan has similar features while using fewer system resources and the ability to generate images faster. So, Vulkan applications will hopefully work with these Windows-based VR headsets coming out that will attach to Windows 10 PCs,  we’ll see.  

 

And apparently, Amazon and Google are considering bringing voice calls to their smart home speakers. That is Echo and Home, respectively, in case you were wondering. There are still a number of things both companies need to consider in terms of privacy, emergency services, and regulation stuff, but this feature could come out at some point this year. Amazon still has to think about if the Echo could sync to your existing phone number or if the device should get its own. Whereas the Google Home would probably have an easier time syncing up to your phone if it’s Android. Anyways, I don’t have either of these devices, and I probably never will, so I don’t really care that much, but…

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Microsoft has officially announced E3 2017 with the date of Sunday, June 11th at 2 pm Pacific Time. They also teased the Scorpio Console reveal.

 

I talked about the Apocalypse Now video game Kickstarter a few weeks ago and they’ve already taken their crowdfunding to their own, newly launched website. The game producers funded $172,000 of their $900,000 goal, but now they’re asking for $5,900,000 over 460 days from own site. The game isn’t supposed to launch until 2020 and this already sounds kinda ridiculous, but good luck guys!

 

Apparently, a new Watch Dogs 2 patch includes a new ending scene which hints at the location of London for Watch Dogs 3, but…sorry if I spoiled it for you.

 

EA is currently offering a seven-day free trial for its PC free game library service, Origin Access. Get on it, guys!!

 

And the AMD Ryzen box art has been revealed from Thailand, which isn’t super exciting, but there is also pricing information from the Ryzen 7 1800X at around $550 to the Ryzen 3 110 at around $150. But I saw that on HEXUS, which was converted from Thai money to pounds, which I then converted to American dollars, so I wouldn’t trust me. Too many layers dude.

 

Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX forum post linked in the description.

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