Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Next Xbox could have graphics on par with Avatar CGI

The next generation of Xbox will be capable of rendering graphic detail on par with James Cameron’s Avatar and be able to process many times over the number of calculations that current systems max out at, according to Official Xbox Magazine’s report citing AMD, the tech company responsible for Xbox 360 graphics tech.  

It’s unclear if he’s referring to actual hardware in the new Xbox or what they are hoping to see from it since the claims above would be hard to accomplish on even the most high powered consumer-level PCs now. Cameron had access to an incredible number of (super)computers to render Avatar’s CGI, which makes AMD’s claim more fiction than fact.

AMD didn’t confirm they were working on the Xbox 360's successor, yet director of ISV relationships at AMD, Neal Robison hinted that gamers will be thrilled at what’s coming.

According to Robison, the A.I. and physics capabilities of the next-gen hardware will allow for every pedestrian in a game such as Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row to have a totally individual mentality mimicking more real-life behaviors.

“It’s an exceptional ballsy claim and one that deserves to be scrutinized,” Paul Tassi, a Forbes writer noted. He added that it “would seem like an impossible leap.” -TNGG

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