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Last week, AMD Studios sponsored the Austin VR Community Holiday Party to celebrate the talent, ingenuity, and innovation in the virtual reality community in Austin.

The event was held at Capital Factory, featuring studio networking, collaboration and project demonstrations from the best VR developers from the VR and 360 Video Austin community.

AMD Studios was proud to partner with PassmoreVR to feature their latest project: “Bone Church”, an immersive look into the Sedlec Ossuary. The gruesome architecture of this monastery, constructed with over 60,000 skeletons from the Black Death, was brought to life by Ryzen 7 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.

Greg Passmore, founder and filmmaker at Passmore Labs, had this to say about the collaboration:

Our partnership with AMD is focused on tuning player software for ultra-high performance VR by exploiting the dramatic parallelism of the ThreadRipper architecture, mixed with custom OpenCL code running on the Radeon Vega GPUs to handle the massive databases we create. Photorealistic 6DOF VR eats computers for lunch and we are excited to find aggressive industry solutions within AMD.

The Austin VR Community Holiday Party also included a raffle of amazing prizes and tools, featuring a donated AMD Ryzen 7 1700X workstation. Outfitted with a Radeon RX 480 and 2 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4, this workstation was VR ready for enthusiasts and creators alike.

All proceeds from the raffle and ticket sales went to E4 Youth. This local organization nurtures talent from underrepresented groups by providing access to internships, education, career guidance and portfolio-building opportunities in media.

AMD Studios was proud to join Capital Factory, Booz Allen Hamilton, HTC, Passmore Labs and PassmoreVR to sponsor this celebration the incredible feats in the VR and 360 Video Austin community. We are excited to continue to provide developers, filmmakers, and studios with the highest quality hardware to build the future in virtual reality.

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