PC gamers may get the short straw at times, but that isn't the case today. Ubisoft and NVIDIA have announced a gaming alliance to deliver the best possible experience in games like Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Watch Dogs, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. It basically means NVIDIA engineers are working closely with Ubisoft studios to help bring in new technologies and enable some fo the best looking games around.
The likes of temporal anti-aliasing, which combines shader-based AA with multisampling AA, soft shadows, HBAO+ (horizon-based ambient occlusion), and advanced tessellation are all being incorporated into Ubisoft's major upcoming games. In fact, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is already available to give gamers an idea of how this alliance is already paying off. Tony Key, Ubisoft's senior vice president of sales and marketing, had the following to say about the alliance:
The PC remains one of the world’s most popular gaming platforms, and we’re committed to offering PC players the best possible experience with our games. Combining NVIDIA’s visual computing expertise and the creativity of our development teams will give customers a stunning experience when choosing an Ubisoft game for the PC.
Meanwhile, NVIDIA's Tony Tamasi, senior vice president of of content and technology, issued this statement:
PC gaming is stronger than ever and Ubisoft understands that PC gamers demand a truly elite experience – the best resolutions, the smoothest frame rates and the latest gaming breakthroughs. We’ve worked closely with Ubisoft’s incredibly talented creative teams throughout the development process to incorporate our technologies and deliver the most immersive and visually spectacular game worlds imaginable.
It's quite refreshing to see this, especially when PC gaming is supposedly dying or not as viable as consoles. PC gaming isn't going anywhere, at least not while NVIDIA and Ubisoft have anything to say in the matter. It'll be interesting to see if AMD has anything to counter this alliance with or if it'll be banking on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but time will tell.
Now, if Ubisoft could just do something about Uplay, PC gaming will most definitely be stronger than ever. We're already waving goodbye to Games for Windows Live, after all.