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Square Enix’s Back Stage Tech Demo Presents the Beauty of Ray Tracing

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With every generation of graphics cards, we creep closer to photorealistic graphics that are indistinguishable from real life. We aren’t there just yet, but some modern game engines and technology are bound to make you do a double take.

Earlier today, Square Enix’s Luminous Productions released a tech demo titled Back Stage. The video demonstrates the capabilities of the latest breakthrough in video game graphics, ray tracing, combined with the studio’s proprietary Luminous Engine.

For those of you who never heard of ray tracing, it is a rendering technique that simulates how light interacts with objects. Usually, light in video games illuminates models, reflects off highly reflective surfaces, and little else. Ray tracing, meanwhile, mimics light reflection, refraction, dispersion, and other optical effects.

The tech demo, which is available on the Nvidia GeForce Youtube page, looks like a pre-rendered cutscene. However, according to the video’s description, Back Stage was…


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