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SAN FRANCISCO — Nvidia smuggles in a treat during Epic’s press conference.

At Epic Games’ press conference during the 2015 Game Developers Conference this morning, Nvidia boss Jen-Hsun Huang interrupted Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s presentation and entered the back door with a wadded jacket under his arm. Inside that jacket was the very first Titan X GPU, something that Sweeney and his team have been asking about for a long time. The graphics hardware company’s CEO offered up the very first Titan X to Sweeney, marking it with his autograph.

Huang says that the Titan X is the most powerful GPU ever made, sporting 8 billion transistors and a massive 12GB frame buffer. What this means is that Epic and other companies have more muscle to use in the industry’s march toward photorealism and virtual reality.


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This announcement from Nvidia ahead of its own event, the GPU Technology Conference, is a first and is odd, given that kicks off in two weeks. Huang joked that this year’s virtual reality-focused Game Developers Conference seemed to need his company’s new GPU and that he was there to save the event.

Epic Games showed a new, impressive real time-rendered technical demo that used its Unreal Engine 4 and this new Titan X. Unlike its past game-focused technical demos, this one was highly cinematic, featuring a child running through a lush forest while flying a kite.


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