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Submitted by Lelldorianx 915d ago | article

AMD TressFX Explained: An Important Stepping Stone In Soft Body Dynamics

GamersNexus: "It's easy to dismiss TressFX as somehow "lesser" than other visual effects and downplay its significance, but it's a very important stepping stone in the computing world's forward progression in gaming. The ability to compute and track thousands of strands of hair without consuming all of the card's resources has strong implications for the likes of environmental graphics and other soft-body elements. Cloth movement and collision could also be revolutionized by tech built out of TressFX -- something we've been dying to see in games that involve quick movements and highly-active characters (see: Mirror's Edge). Dynamic grass in MMOs, for instance, is another such item that has been widely requested in the wake of TressFX." (AMD, PC, Tech, Tomb Raider)

SignifiedSix91  +   915d ago
Sounds like Nvidia is going to have some competition to go against PhysX.

Let the battle begin!
Farsendor1  +   915d ago
nah cool thing about amd is that they share their tech. amd made this a direct x 11 feature
porkChop  +   914d ago
Yeah I was glad when I read that TressFX will work on ANY GPU that can use DirectCompute. Very smart, that's the best way to get developers to use it. No one wants to spend the time and resources supporting features that alienate half their fanbase, that's why hardly any games support PhysX.
ninjahunter  +   915d ago
Is it just me or does half life 3 require this for Alyx? :D
adorie  +   914d ago
probably just you, since the only thing we've seen from HL3/EP3 is the 3.
FlyingFoxy  +   915d ago
it's hard enough to keep games above 60fps @ 1080p on high end graphics cards, let's hope this new tech takes very little hit on frame rate otherwise it won't be worth using.

I'm also guessing Havok will be upgraded similarly in Source engine 2, but maybe not to the point i'd hoped with dynamic water and fire effects etc..
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isarai  +   915d ago
When can i see this in action/video!!
dirthurts  +   914d ago
Friday, if I'm not mistaken.
RememberThe357  +   914d ago
Great article and thank god someone is figuring this out finally. Crappy hair and been the blight of gamers everywhere!

/quasi-sarcasm

But really, just in these first images of the tech you can see how much better it looks. Better looking graphics are going to come just from better hardware but also better techniques. This is clearly a step in the right direction.
kevnb  +   914d ago
im actually really excited to play this game, using my trusty old gtx 460 ;)
aliengmr  +   914d ago
great card, the 460.
dirthurts  +   914d ago
I just wonder how much power it will take to render this hair.
Sometimes simple things like this can have huge impacts on performance. Just look at tessellation...
ATi_Elite  +   914d ago
WTF!

I was hoping TressFX was more than just some dam Hair Physics but then i looked up TRESS in the dictionary it means a lock of hair! How sad was I!

Seriously AMD you could of bundled TRESSFx in with a major Physics package to combat Nvidia's Physx.

Nvidia = Particle effects physics
AMD = Hair physics

Good thing GDDR6 is coming or I would be upset at AMD!
Lifebanisher  +   914d ago
all i can think of was boobies when i read the title.
LAWSON72  +   914d ago
I really wish nvidia would be like amd and share their physx. Amd is a fantastic company it is just to bad they are not really able to compete against intel right now. At least there gpus are the best bang for the buck.

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