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NVIDIA launches GameWorks VR for headset manufacturers and game developers

By Jasper Oregas & Koh Wanzi - on 1 Jun 2015, 11:05pm

NVIDIA launches GameWorks VR for headset manufacturers and game developers

GameWorks VR will allow headset manufacturers and developers to access complete APIs and software libraries and help them develop better VR experiences.

NVIDIA has announced the launch of GameWorks VR, the virtual reality equivalent of its multi-platform GameWorks program that provided developers with the tools to create better gaming experiences.

Hardware and software vendors in the VR space will gain access to a complete set of APIs and libraries that will enable them to create even more seamless VR experiences on NVIDIA graphics cards.

GameWorks VR will allow developers and manufacturers to take advantage of features like multi-res shading for more efficient rendering of scenes, VR SLI which allows each GPU to focus on rendering one display, and context priority, to enable headset manufacturers like Oculus to implement asynchronous timewarp on current-generation hardware.

NVIDIA hopes that its GeForce graphics cards will become the graphics platform of choice for VR experiences going forward. This VR ecosystem will comprise three key components – NVIDIA GeForce graphics hardware, GeForce Experience and Game Ready drivers, and the new GameWorks VR program.

NVIDIA's VR ecosystem will comprise GeForce graphics cards, GeForce Experience, and GameWorks VR.

Even the slightest stutter or drop in frame rates can have a huge negative impact on the whole VR experience. GameWorks VR is thus NVIDIA’s solution to ensure that both hardware and software has been optimized for the best experience.

GeForce graphics cards have already been used to power many VR demos. At the Game Developers Conference 2015, developers and manufacturers like Oculus, Unity, Epic Games, Valve and Crytek relied on NVIDIA GPUs to showcase their work.

NVIDIA has also made VR performance a key aspect of the launch of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. VR is coming soon, and when it does, NVIDIA wants to be right at the forefront of it all.