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NVIDIA unveils GameWorks SDK 3.1, offering new technologies and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2016 12:00 am

Shadows are important, too

 

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I still remember the days of turning shadows off in games because of the performance hit, but now we're mostly past those days and have entered an era of super realistic shadows. GameWorks 3.1 ushers in high fidelity shadows courtesy of HFTS.

 

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Normal shadows look good for the most part, but they're hard - the shadows projected make it look like the light source is right behind the tree.

 

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But, this isn't realistic. The shadows should be softer the further away the shadow extends, which is something HFTS does.

 

 

HTFS provides much software shadows the further the light source is away, with NVIDIA using The Division as a great example of stellar HFTS use.

 

 

The future of GameWorks, NVIDIA teases through to March 2017

 

Don't you love it? NVIDIA has just unveiled GameWorks 3.1, but we're already expecting big things in June, September, December and even March 2017.

 

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In June, we can expect 3.1 updates with additional goods released to GitHub. In September, NVIDIA will unveil GameWorks 3.2, and in December, there will be updates for GameWorks 3.2 released. Fast forwarding to March 2017, NVIDIA tells us to "stay tuned", and yes - yes we will.

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