See the render improvements that Autodesk has done for 3ds Max.
IrayForMaya - End of March Release Date
[0x1] IrayForMaya will be released by the end of March 2014.
3ds Max 2013 Released
3ds Max 2013 is now available for download, along with the free 30 day trial edition.
Snappers Facial Rig
Check out the Snappers Facial Rig for Maya, (also available for 3ds Max), featuring incredible detail and controls.