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Is virtual reality really the next big thing in PC gaming?

By August 21, 2013Newswires

By Jeremy Laird

In Depth: Why the Oculus Rift could be the biggest change since hardware accelerated graphics

What’s the biggest wow-factor you’ve ever experienced in PC gaming? The most jaw-dropping moment?

For me, it was seeing 3D accelerated, tri-linear filtered graphics for the very first time. The game was Tomb Raider. The enabling hardware was an Nvidia Riva TNT2 graphcs chip. And if I remember correctly, the year was 1998, possibly 1999.

Anyway, nothing since has had the same visceral impact. There have been dramatic moments, for sure. Getting my first 24-inch 1,920 by 1,200 LCD panel was pretty major. Seeing Far Cry running on the 16-pipe Nvidia Geforce 6800 Ultra sticks in the mind, too.

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