V-Ray 2.0: New features and new pricing

If you haven’t already heard, the new version of V-Ray (quite aptly called V-Ray 2.0) is on its way, boasting a ton of new features, including improved stereoscopic rendering functionality and the ability to create more realistic reflections. The big news is that version 2.0 also comes with special upgrade prices for anyone already using the rendering tool.

This new version of V-Ray will also include both V-Ray RT and V-Ray RT GPU, both of which were released earlier this year and are designed to speed up a 3D artist’s workflow and improve render times. So what’s new in 2.0? Well, if you saw the demonstration at Siggraph earlier this year, you’ll know what to expect but, in case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of the key features:

Stereoscopic – Two eyes are better than one. At least, that’s the case when it comes to rendering stereoscopic imagery. In previous versions of V-Ray (and most other rendering packages), two images needed to be rendered – a left and a right eye. V-Ray 2.0 can render out a single image that combines both sets of data, reducing render times by half. The feature can also handle motion blur and depth of field.

Reflections – Who’s the fairest of them all? Well, it seems V-Ray is. A new dispersion function has been added to the material editor which lets you specify a number of colours to disperse out of a reflective material.

V-Ray Exposure – This new release makes it possible to use the V-Ray exposure settings on a standard 3ds Max camera.

V-Ray Lens Effect – A new effects library has been added to the Environments/Effects window. Effects like glare and bloom are now possible.

Distance Texture Map – This was specifically created in order to replicate the way that snow forms around an object. Snow will often get thinner the closer to a surface it is. The distance texture map can control the level of displacement in relation to the proximity to an object. This can also be used to control the distribution of fur.

Want to upgrade?

If you’re looking to add V-Ray 2.0 to your arsenal, price details have now been released. Anyone who is already using a previous version of V-Ray for 3ds Max and V-Ray can benefit the most with special upgrade prices (see details in the below). But, if you’re looking to purchase the tool outright, there’s also a pre-order offer.

Upgrade or Purchase?




When did you purchase V-Ray for 3ds Max or V-Ray RT for 3ds Max?

Before August 1st 2010

Between August 1st and November 1st 2010

Between November 1 and December 6 2010

After Dec 6, 2010

330 GBP

125 GBP

700 GBP

810 GBP

If you purchase or have purchased the Three in One bundle Your V-Ray for 3ds Max 2.0 Upgrade is FREE

Pre-order V-Ray for 3ds Max 2.0 and get V-Ray for 3ds Max 1.5 + V-Ray RT for 3ds Max CPU + V-Ray RT for 3ds Max GPU + free upgrade to V-Ray for 3ds Max 2.0 on Dec 6th

V-Ray 2.0

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