Neoseeker : News : AMD teases TressFX, a 'new frontier of realism in PC gaming' to be unveiled February 26
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lKasHl Feb 27, 13
harbin it looks like a start, it’d be advantageous for AMD to have something proprietary on the market since if they secure both consoles and its dev friendly they can basically have implementation in most next gen games, single handedly dominating PhysX (which never really established ground due to the 50/50 market split between it and its rivals and console incompatibility) and havoc.

All that remains to be seen is whether AMD has the capacity to develop something good enough since they, for the most part support open source, and likely have less experience in that area.
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harbin Feb 27, 13
So would this be AMD now trying to combat Nvidias PhysX? I hope they develop it beyond hair physics in the future.
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bluexy Feb 27, 13
Kaindog Hahaha, I'd trade all of the FPS for that. lol
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KainDog Feb 27, 13
bluexy Seeing as Skyrim would be amazing with my Khajit just fluffing up the place, then yes.
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nipsen Feb 26, 13
It's not.. that complicated on the high level. When you can use complex math (past shader logic), you can have fairly complex models and wave-simulations running on the object collections - but only render the visible parts. And not - for example - the individual strands of hairs, with particle physics pushing each strand back and forth, and so on.

Because that would be extremely heavy. Even if updating or "flexing" strands of hairs in the mesh/model isn't actually that expensive.

It's similar to the way the fur was done in Shadow of The Colossus, or the fur we were kind of expecting in The Last Guardian. Same principle they use in WipeoutHD and GT5 (much more complex models in the game than what's rendered - the rendered detail is dynamic, adjusted to what the rasterizer actually can complete.. GT5 has a few physics details that are much more complex than what you can do with directcompute every frame as well..).

The irony is that the level of this is pretty low compared to what could have been made on the ps3.
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bluexy Feb 26, 13
Kaindog Aren't you willing to trade 5-10 FPS for beautiful hair?
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KainDog Feb 26, 13
The hair will have more polygons than the actual entity is how I'm reading this.
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lKasHl Feb 25, 13
^^and it has implications for all forms of particle physics and rendering
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nipsen Feb 25, 13
^ It's... one of the most difficult things to animate believably. Hair.
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Praetorian_Lord Feb 25, 13
Thought this article was brilliant until I realised it was serious.

Hair graphics, really?
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lKasHl Feb 25, 13
quote bluexy
Sorry folk. I didn't drink my coffee this morning and totally wrote the article about Nvidia initially. It's quite clearly an announcement from AMD. No idea why I made such an odd association.

Should be fixed, and by all means let me know if there are any errors and I'll fix them immediately. Tech isn't my specialty, obviously. No excuses though. Pretty big, dumb mistake and I apologize for it.

- Rory
Seems like a pretty logical mistake considering NVIDIA released their own hair demos not too long ago and AMD rarely markets its tech demonstrations Glad to see them stepping up now that they're basically championing next gen.

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I must say. AMD are just opposing all of Nvidias benefits now. AMD were your go to for cheap good performance cards. Nvidia had the same sort of idea - costing a bit more, and they had A LOT of better technologies making them more worth while if you have the extra cash. Now these guys just have to make the decisions harder XD
NVIDIA has always had fancy tech but realistically its never been implemented into a significant enough amount of titles in a meaningful way that would merit thought in a purchase. Just go for whoevers offering the best performance/price, although AMD might be stepping ahead if they optimise console games for their cards.
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Blue Neon Feb 25, 13
I must say. AMD are just opposing all of Nvidias benefits now. AMD were your go to for cheap good performance cards. Nvidia had the same sort of idea - costing a bit more, and they had A LOT of better technologies making them more worth while if you have the extra cash. Now these guys just have to make the decisions harder XD
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Paranoid Android Feb 25, 13
That looks absolutely incredible. :0
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Wakaman Feb 25, 13
Finally(AND THE ROCK MEANS FINALLY!) tech that'll do Leon's magnificent hair justice.
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