Arcadia – a new streaming service from Microsoft
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5 hours ago

$16 for a *very* non-performant material? If this was intended for use in high-detail scenes, not meant for gameplay, one would generally just use a flipbook animation, or looping HD video texture (both of which are higher quality and available for free all over). I love options, but c'mon, that's pretty steep. $5, maybe. And you can loop in materials, using custom HLSL nodes. Also, there are better ways of doing this, all around. Somewhere on the forums, Ryan Brucks (of Epic fame) himself touched on this. I've personally been working on a cool water material (not "material blueprint", thankyouverymuch) and utility functions, and am close to the quality achieved here, sitting at ~180 instructions with everything "turned on". The kicker? It's pure procedural. No textures are needed. So this is cool, no doubt about that. In my humble opinion though, it's not "good". It doesn't run fast, and it's more complicated than it needs to be.

Lee is right - you can use a gradient effect when you vertex paint in your chosen 3d modelling platform (I've done it in max), meaning the wind effect shifts from nothing to maximum along the length of the leaf/branch/whatever.

by Lee Stojkovic
6 hours ago

I'm fairly certain you can vertex paint the bottoms of the foliage and control the movement using vertex colors along with the wind node. I did this in an earlier project and was able to create a scene with grass that moved less and less as it went down until stationary. I created the grass and painted the vertexes black to red (bottom to top) in Maya.

Arcadia – a new streaming service from Microsoft
17 December, 2014

ZDNet and Polygon report that Microsoft is building a cloud-based service to stream apps and video games. The new product is called Arcadia (this is a code name obviously).

Arcadia is an evident choice for Microsoft. Company’s new CEO stated several times that corporation is going to make a special push in the cloud market. The new service is based on Microsoft’s new cloud computing infrastructure. A special team within Operating Systems Group is working hard on Azure as a replacement to Rio – another game-streaming technology from Microsoft.

Rio is a neat technology that allows streaming Halo 4 to a Windows Phone smartphone or to a relatively old Windows PC. Microsoft was hoping to use Azure to allow backward compatibility on Xbox One. This whole service is very similar to Gaikai-based service PlayStation Now.

Microsoft considers using Arcadia to stream apps as well as games. This gives a very interesting opportunity to mobile developers. This service could allow Windows and Windows Phone to run Android apps and games, using streaming technologies. However company only flirts with this idea.

The name Arcadia, just like Cortana, comes from the Halo universe.

Sources: Polygon via ZDNet.

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