first_imgVirtual reality is set to take off in 2016, what with the Oculus Rift becoming available and more game developers deciding to add VR support to their games. But even if you have the money to invest in a head-mounted kit, what about your PC? Is it capable of handling the demands placed on it by a virtual reality experience?Valve has decided to take the pain out of figuring out the answer to that question by releasing the SteamVR Performance Test.The test can be downloaded from Steam and measures your PC’s rendering performance using a 2-minute demo based on a sequence from the Aperture Robot Repair VR demo. Using the information gathered from the demo, the test answers two important questions: can your PC run virtual reality content at 90fps? And can the visual fidelity be tuned to the recommended level?If the answer to both those questions is “yes,” then your PC is VR-ready. Otherwise the test will present the results and make recommendations as to what components need upgrading. Typically this will be either your CPU or your graphics card, but in the worst case both will need to be replaced.Here’s the demo in action:Running this free test can save you a lot of cash or trigger a lot of spending. If your PC is good enough then no PC spend is needed. If your PC isn’t good enough, it saves you buying that expensive VR kit until it is. Either way, run the test before buying anything.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMarriott International has named the new Luxury Collection property being constructed in Parliament Square, Hobart: The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel.The Tasman, which marks Marriott International’s debut in Tasmania, will reside in an assortment of repurposed heritage buildings in Parliament Square and is on track to open in late 2018.Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania and Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International revealed the name to guests at an event on site in Parliament Square. Guests were shown around the hotel’s mock-up room, which showcases the property’s design by Sydney-based firm, JPDC.“Bringing the Luxury Collection to Australia is a significant milestone for Marriott International, where we’re on track to open 50 hotels by 2020,” said Mr Hunt. “With its stunning natural beauty and growing cultural and foodie scene, Hobart is an extremely desirable destination for both national and international guests, and this hotel will be the place for luxury travellers to stay when visiting Tasmania. With construction on track, we look forward to welcoming guests for the opening in 2018.”Owned by Trawalla Group Parliament Square Hotel Operator Pty Ltd, The Tasman will offer guests 128 rooms and suites, all with restored features and Georgian and Art Deco design elements throughout.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more