Truly Next-Gen Visuals Might Be Around The Corner
Thus far PS4 and Xbox One games have been painfully pretty and yet don’t represent the massive graphical leap that we saw when the baton was handed over from PS2/Xbox to PS3/Xbox 360. That may be about to change with some very exciting tech from Polish company Better Reality.
Sure, the name suggests some invention which ends poverty, brings world peace and annihilates Australia but the reality is far cooler. Utopia is overrated.
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Better Reality primarily does effects work for Hollywood and advertisers but they’ve recently developed something called Thorskan which scans real environments then recreated them in 3D. The results are mighty impressive and hold lots of promise for gaming in particular.
One studio has already begun using Thorskan for their latest title. Polish outfit The Farm 51 (Necrovision) will use it to recreate environments for their game Get Even which is being developed for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
There’s nothing to see of Get Even just yet besides the screenshot below however there is some test engine footage which you can see above.
Thorskan may be the tech that propels us into true next-gen visuals but that’s assuming games can look as good as this test footage. Of course, this sort of process may also push the cost of video game production up. Another concern is that if the environments look this realistic but character models are still someways behind then suddenly you have a dissonance between the environments and characters. Space Jam comes to mind.