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Steam VR's latest trick boosts quality for lower-power Windows 10 PCs

Posted On: Oct 19, 2018   |   Posted By: TechRadar

Steam VR's latest trick boosts quality for lower-power Windows 10 PCs

If you haven't been able to check out the HTC Vive because your PC isn't up to the challenge, Steam VR is rolling out a new feature called Motion Smoothing that should solve your problem. The feature, which is rolling out to Steam VR beta on Windows 10 PCs this week, reduces the amount of rendering needed to create realistic virtual reality: Instead of asking your GPU to render at 90Hz, the software enables your PC to render at half the rate and fills in the gaps with synthetic frames that are interspersed between rendered images. If this sound familiar to you, you might know the term from the TV world where motion interpolation is incredibly common. The difference between the way TVs render motion and how Steam VR's Motion Smoothing works is that the latter only turns on when Steam notices a drop in frames - rather than processing every frame. The hitch here is that motion smoothing will only work on Windows 10 PCs and only with the HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro - not any of the other...

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