What's New in VRSG Version 6
MetaVR has released Virtual Reality Scene Generator™ (VRSG™) version 6.1 to put into the hands of VRSG users all the models in MetaVR's 3D content libraries at full resolution. The inclusion of 170 GB of 6,650 full-resolution models (including 179 new models since the release of version 6.0) provides the full benefit of rendering scenes in VRSG with MetaVR's highly detailed runtime models.
Previously, MetaVR has delivered with VRSG a lower resolution version of each model and made available to users the full-resolution models only on its Download Server and terrain drives. The vast improvement in hardware capabilities in recent years (including 64-bit processors, graphics cards RAM and VRAM) has largely eliminated the need to continue to deliver lower-resolution models.
The average game-level hardware that MetaVR recommends for running its products can easily handle rendering VRSG scenes with the full-resolution models at 60 Hz. With VRSG version 6.1, users can experience the full potential benefit of this enhanced content.
The release of VRSG Scenario Editor version 1.5 is installed with VRSG version 6.1.
Recent updates to CONUS++ terrain
In parallel with the VRSG version 6.1 release, MetaVR has added new high-resolution areas of interest to the Continental US plus Alaska and Hawaii (CONUS++) terrain.
The Albuquerque International Sunport / Kirtland Air Force Base 3D terrain was built from 15 cm per pixel of the airport area and blended into 1 mpp imagery surrounding the area, the underlying imagery of MetaVR's CONUS++ terrain. The terrain's overall elevation was built from DTED1, with interpolated NED 1/9 (3m) for the runway and interpolated NED 1/3 (10m) for the helipad. The runway also has custom elevation to match FAA airfield elevations with at least 95% accuracy. Culture includes the runway, runway lights, 18 geospecific models of the control tower and other buildings, light poles, storage tanks, and geotypical volumetric trees.
The Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), Yuma, AZ, 3D terrain was built from 2 cm imagery of the Prospect Square area blended with 30 cm of the rest of the Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). The total area of coverage of this terrain data set, which was built for the Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course (SOTACC) facility, is 57 sq km (within which the Prospect Sq area covers 17 sq km). Underlying this high- resolution 3D terrain is MetaVR's CONUS ++ terrain, which was built with 1 meter per-pixel terrain imagery and DTED-1 elevation data. The 2 cm per-pixel resolution imagery of Prospect Square was captured in November 2015 with MetaVR's remote-controlled portable aircraft, the MetaVRC, flown by Swift Radioplanes in military controlled air space. With both the 2 cm imagery and 2 to 10 meter elevation data, MetaVR compiled full-resolution (2 cm) terrain tiles of Prospect Square. At 2 cm resolution, such details as small craters left from exploded ordnance are visible on the terrain.
Modeled culture areas of interest are the SOTACC Village MOUT site and Laguna Army Airfield. The MOUT site contains storage containers (many with modeled interiors), fortifications, and other elements from MetaVR’s 3D content libraries geolocated on the terrain, totaling in 129 various buildings and other structure models and 1,688 vegetation models.
The Laguna airfield, built with 30 cm per-pixel imagery, contains a geospecific runway, runway lights, runway signs, two geotypical hangars, and other geotypical culture.
Both terrain datasets are available on the CONUS ++ Southwestern region 3D terrain. MetaVR’s CONUS++ 3D terrain, in round-earth Metadesic format, is available for purchase to all MetaVR customers who are on active VRSG software maintenance and are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). For US-domestic use only, not available for export. The terrain will only run with a valid VRSG version 6.1 or greater software license with valid software maintenance.
VRSG version 6.0, released in July 2016, contained the following infrastructure updates, features, enhancements, and 3D content since the release of version 5.11 in March 2016.
This release contained several infrastructure updates, including full support for the Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit operating system, DirectX 11, Visual Studio 2015, and Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 1080 gaming graphics card.
A total of 169 new models (including 121 new military models) were to MetaVR's 3D content libraries.
Among the culture models is a set of 7 trees available now with variants for all seasons. The models tree-163, tree-164, tree-cassia-001, tree-cassia-005, tree-elm-002, tree-elm-006, and tree-poplar-004 now offer 4-season variants on their appearance switch states.
How to obtain VRSG version 6
MetaVR customers on active maintenance valid through October 31, 2016, can obtain the latest release of VRSG 6 (version 6.1) by downloading the VRSG 6.1 software and model libraries from their account on MetaVR's Download Server. Contact MetaVR for further information.
You can order VRSG version 6 directly from MetaVR.