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AMD unveils TressFX hair rendering technology (pics)

By Rick ยท 21 replies
Feb 26, 2013
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  1. Earlier this week, some of you may have seen the teasers regarding AMD's TressFX physics and rendering technology. Today, the chip-maker unveiled details about TressFX -- its new toolset for creating life-like locks. The system promises a future for gamers...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,488   +1,288

    I have to admit, her hair does look good! nice to see someone is making progress in this area!
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Isnt this basically like nvidias CUDA hair?
  4. Can't wait to see what Agent 47 looks like with this technology.
  5. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    PCPer reports "I asked AMD a couple of questions including if this was going to be a technology that NVIDIA users would be missing out on. Their response? "We don't create features that lock out other vendors." "

    Full Article:

    Nvidia had tech demos showing they can do hair on many occassions. They have worked with developers to arrive to specific effects in games, but it does not look like they pushed specific examples of the technology in which all developers can leverage, as a tools. There is Nvidia Apex??

    Maybe they have Hair in the Apex toolset, which includes Physx support??? - I'm not sure. It does seem AMD is (for a change) being agressive, at least for a new hair tool.

    I must say I would want the hair version after seeing it without. I cannot go back now! I hope Nvidia has worked with Crystal Dynamics for a shader branch for hair on Geforce or I will be not happy... :D ... no really.. not happy >:|
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  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,374   +1,825

    I wonder if this will be available in the new xbox and ps4 consoles. It should be.
  8. Souvs

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  9. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Wow... graphics cards on conditioners... I like!!
  10. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    I must say I like this. It was getting pretty lame with the sausage-roll-like hair clipped to a persons head. And this is especially important for Tomb Raider [being a fan of the franchise] I can tell you this has been lacking.
  11. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 603   +109

    New hair tech, the best kind of graphics benchmarking! On a side note, Lara Croft running around in a muddy jungle probably wouldn't have hair straight from a Garnier commercial.
  12. How about some realistic skin textures? I find the blowup doll aspect more annoying in games today than chunky hair.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Well well lookey there, beautiful waving hair. It waves so nicely I feel like waving back. Seriously though, I'm glad to see somebody's at last doing something about the lousy textures we always see. Now if only they could also do something about the in-game character finger dexterity among other things.
  14. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,488   +1,288

    Haha! Do you remember GTA: SA? everyone's hands were stuck together and barely moved! Things have moved on a little bit since but not much.

    I hope this new gen of console will push stuff like this forward, since the polygon count is now higher than ever on characters and we can make old men look emotional I hope in the next few years we see fingers move individually and skin tones that look realistic, I think its now possible :)
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  15. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    As I do tend to watch those trends, in regard to my work, this one is very nice thing to see! This is not realistic as CAD and pre-rendered hair goes, but a huge advancement over the previous low-poly generation. I just hope for two things: optimized (fast simulation) and cross-platform availability. I do own a couple of Nvidia cards, mainly for CUDA - for advanced video editing effects. I would love this on an Nvidia card, for gaming purposes though. :)
  16. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I hope they make it cross platform too, but I'd just like to point out the irony. You purchased Nvidia for an exclusive feature yet you dislike exclusivity. haha :p
  17. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 793   +323

    Hmm I don't get it, I thought Nvidia already did something like this before, its even almost called the same: tesselation

    Here is a link from 2008! www.nvidia.ca/object/siggraph-2008-hair.html

    There is also countless tech demo's on youtube about it.
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Yes I do. I was actually thinking of the opening cut scene with Sonny in GTA Vice City when I posted this.
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  19. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 140   +16

    Just picked up a 7930 aka 7870 Tahiti.cant wait to see this in action.
  20. Souvs

    Souvs TS Rookie

    great card indeed
  21. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    With a name of Geforcepat, you bought AMD??? Is it for you?
  22. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    You mean you don't find it a little disturbing when characters have, what looks like, a full head of flowing hair and when they move their head... it turns into a hat? :D I think it is great that we have enough power in the graphics cards so that our hero characters can have great looking hair. It adds to the detail for me. Honestly I would not have thought anything of it (besides the normal notice oh waving block ponytail), but not that I have seen the strands... I cannot go back.

    I think Skin textures have come a long way, but sometimes even when it can look more real I think some designers like to produce something more stylized because other aspects of the character might hurt because all the hardware to make "realistic" characters is just not yet available in realtime at a consumer level price point.

    I'm so looking forward to the Live Stream next week!!!

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