Free Update Is Said to Increase Speed by Up to 50%

Chaos Group said artists and designers can expect speed boosts of between 20% and 50% in V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, a free update for existing users that brings it to feature parity with the 3ds Max version.

New in this version of V-Ray for Autodesk Maya is the Variance-Based Adaptive Sampler, featuring improved noise detection, which was added to V-Ray for Autodesk 3ds Max back in December. The company says it reduces the set-up time required through automatic sampling of lights and materials. Another new feature aimed at high-end production work is GPU production rendering.

Global illumination, look-dev and XGen features have been improved, Chaos Group said, along with OpenSubdiv 3.0 support and refinements to the UI.

A single V-Ray 3.0 for Maya workstation license (including one UI floating license and one universal render node floating license) is $1,040; an upgrade from v2.0 is $420.