Adobe claims the hardware acceleration available in the updates will allow for "console quality games on Mac OS, Windows and connected televisions" with "1,000 times faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10 and AIR 2," and "millions of [animated] objects with smooth 60 frames per second rendering."A new video demonstration shows the extent of these improvements, which the company says will allow for "a rich experience that's unparalleled on devices across the web.""With this milestone release Adobe pushes the envelope of what is possible on the web with a typical PC and opens up a new world of immersive, high-performance gaming experiences," said Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of platform for Adobe, in a statement.While the new versions will be available on PC and Mac platforms next month, mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iOS (through AIR) will only see a pre-release version at that time, ahead of a full release promised "in the near … [Read more...] about Adobe’s Flash Player 11, AIR 3 To Support Hardware Accelerated Graphics In October
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Adobe's Molehill APIs, which the company has an Adobe Labs page devoted to, will be available as a public beta starting in the first half of 2011.It will provide low-level programmable shader-based engine features including z-buffering, stencil color buffering, fragment and vertex shaders and cube textures, all of which will use the GPU "where possible" for "significant performance gains."Developers were told to expect "hundreds of thousands of z-buffered triangles to be rendered at HD resolution in full screen at around 60 Hz" under the new APIs, compared to "thousands" of un-z-buffered, 30Hz triangles under the current Flash Player 10.1. The acceleration will rely on DirectX 9 standards on Windows, OpenGL ES 1.3 on Macs and OpenGL ES 2.0 on mobile platforms, and potentially puts Flash more directly into competition with 3D-centric web game engines such as Unity.Adobe also used today's conference to unveil version 2.5 of its Adobe AIR development and distribution platform, available … [Read more...] about Adobe Adding 3D Flash Game Hardware Acceleration, Expanding AIR Support
Microsoft's Surface event in NYC today revealed the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's answer to consumers feeling the need to carry or own both a laptop and a tablet when work has to be completed. Rumors Of New Samsung Tablets Appear, Including Word Of A Large Device That was arguably one of the main goals of the original Surface already, but Microsoft notes that tablets have not replaced computers as expected, and believes the Surface Pro 3 will be the solution. That may be an admission that the first two Surface devices failed in that objective, but the changes made are meant to address some of the main issues with using the device as a laptop. Microsoft's Panos Panay revealed the new device, which is thinner and lighter than its predecessor despite boasting a larger 12inch screen. He pointedly compared it to Apple's Macbook Air, which weighed down the scale when matched with the Pro 3. Microsoft Completes $7.2 Billion Purchase Of Nokia According to Panay, nothing … [Read more...] about Surface Pro 3 Details: Microsoft Reveals New Powerful Tablet-Computer Device, Can It Achieve The Goal Of Replacing Your Laptop?
There's a big update on the way for the League of Legends client, which hasn't been significantly improved in many years. They're going to be abandoning Adobe Air and prettying the whole thing up, bringing it more in line with the style of Windows 10, improving its functionality and making future development easier. This was announced a few months back, but information has since gone dark - until a video showing off the latest alpha version of the client was released from one of the outside testers. You'll need the best League of Legends champions for beginners for when the new client launches. It's not officially approved by Riot, but they are aware of it and haven't had it taken down. It's not the highest quality, as whoever was recording didn't turn their mic off and seems to have been in the middle of a gale at the time, but it does show off all the new bits: The video popped up on Reddit, the official forums and various fansites, and has garnered nearly 450,000 views. Riot … [Read more...] about The new League of Legends client is revealed in leaked alpha video
If you're using any of Nvidia's video cards, then you'll want to update to the latest graphics driver, especially if you're playing one of this week's big releases. Version 388.00 ensures that both Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed Origins are optimized for the best performance possible. There are also a few bug fixes and existing issues PC users should be aware of.As for Destiny 2, the game gets an SLI profile to support those who use multiple video cards. We had hands-on with the game prior to release before the new driver, and it ran extremely smooth at 60 frames-per-second in 4K with a GTX 1080 Ti. You can read about our experience and a few of the key differences in the PC version of Destiny 2 or check out Nvidia's PC performance guide.Other than optimizations, Assassin's Creed Origins isn't getting any other features yet. PC hardware requirements were revealed earlier this month and are relatively lax. The game requires at least a GTX 660 and recommends at least a GTX 760, as far as … [Read more...] about Nvidia Releases New Driver For Destiny 2 and Assassin’s Creed Origins on PC; Here’s What It Does