V-Ray 3.0's new interface is designed with new and experienced users in mind: Three UI modes (Basic, Advanced, and Expert) can be selected to match an artist's preference. The new V-Ray toolbar includes Quick Settings with dropdowns for production-ready presets for common uses like Archviz Exterior, Archviz Interior, and VFX.
Improved Subsurface Scattering (SSS) includes options for object-based and raytraced illumination, faster hair rendering speeds (up to 15x), view-dependent tessellation that automatically smoothes hair curves, and a dedicated Skin Shader with layered reflections.
V-Ray 3.0 offers a number of additional workflow shortcuts, technical advances and support for open sources technologies.
V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max is available now. V-Ray 2.0 upgrades start at $420 and the full Workstation license price is $1,050.