Whats next..? Vray? Please let that happen LOL. I’m just glad all these render engines are becoming available..So what happens now? Are people going to jump off the reality bandwagon and use this? what are the pros and cons?
I think a few people may choose to switch but I think that part of the decision with be resources. Reality was only $49 dollars for me on sale. Normally $70 I think. It didn’t require a great computer, just patience. I was able to get lux network render to work on most of my old computers.
For Octane you need a good Nvidia card, so that cost more than most of my old computers are worth. Frankly I was able to get it to work on my 6 year old 8800gts but the 640mb of memory was limiting. I’ve read about things you can do to address that but frankly more ram is better.
Since Octane is in beta its 99euros, which is currently 132 USD. That’s a sizable increase in price over Reality. Sure its half price right now, but it still a lot more to spend. I’m not saying its not worth it, but money can be a deciding factor especially for people who don’t have it to spend.
That’s not even getting into the actual plugins themselves, They both seem to have a Online Database of shared materials so that is similiar. I’ve only looked at the videos for the Daz Octane plugin so I can’t speak about it too much. I think it’s all hush hush at the moment but the videos they posted on the Octane forums are helpful.