It’s now official that NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards will move to a next-generation ‘RTX 30 series’ in October, with the most affordable model there being the $499 | £469 GeForce RTX 3070.
Their older ‘RTX 20 series’ GeForce RTX 2080 Super is said to be the current best for iRay, a card which in the UK will set you back at least £625 for the cheapest such brand on Amazon UK, which will make it unaffordable for many. So I guess the question is… will this new RTX 3070 match the RTX 2080 Super, while shaving £150+ off the price and bringing “the iRay card” below £500? Maybe not, but it’ll be interesting to see the first not-just-videogaming reviews and bench-tests, and learn how well they do with iRay renders. Including, ideally, a relatively complex scene tested with a real-time viewport iRay view.
NVIDIA will also ship the beta of its own Omniverse Machinima movie-making software, originally designed for architects but now also being touted for entertainment…
“Users will be able to import assets from games or from online marketplaces for stock content, or from content creation applications”
Set for October. Update: it’s now December and it thus appears to have been heavily delayed.
Incidentally, for future reference for those wanting to turn on the faster Interactive mode of iRay in the very latest version, it’s here…
I seem to recall it used to be up top, under the Engine: drop-down, so people upgrading from older version may be wondering where it went.
Render settings can be saved to a preset via the top menu | File… then the saved presets can be loaded back to the scene by drag-and-drop from their folder. For some reason, for me the saved presets never show up in the UI.