AMD’s Roy Taylor Says Fallout 4 VR Will Change the Industry
Ben Jones / 3 years ago
Speaking at the VR World Congress, AMD’s corporate vice president Roy Taylor has praised Fallout 4 VR and calls it “ground breaking” and a “game changer” for the industry. He likened the post-apocalyptic action-RPG’s impact to Virtual Reality gaming with the effect that Super Mario had for the Nintendo console and Sonic the Hedgehog did for SEGA genesis. Bethesda has repeatedly told fans that the game is pretty much complete at this point and only requires a few tweaks before launch. It has been confirmed that there will be a playable demo at the upcoming E3 2017 games convention in Los Angeles.
AMD recently partnered up with Nitero, a chip manufacturer specializing in Wireless VR technology. AMD acquired Nitero’s Virtual Reality IP and key engineering talent because Wireless will be the future of VR and next generation hardware are expected to be completely wire-free. According to Mark Papermaster, AMD’s chief technology officer: “Our newly acquired wireless VR technology is focused on solving this challenge, and is another example of AMD making long-term technology investments to develop high-performance computing and graphics technologies that can create more immersive computing experiences.”
There are also rumours that AMD will be partnering up with Bethesda/ZeniMax Media for their upcoming QuakeCon event to essentially showcase AMD’s Virtual Reality capability and Fallout 4 VR. AMD’s presence at their annual QuakeCon events has been mostly non-existent up until now, with NVIDIA buying a large booth every year at the center. As part of their new partnership, it is rumoured that Bethesda is going to give AMD full reign to promote their Radeon graphics cards and Ryzen CPUs at QuakeCon and will shut NVIDIA out of the event.
QuakeCon will be scheduled for August 24 through 27, 2017 and could also coincide as the launch date for Fallout 4 VR.