Sony Will Be Showcasing New PS4 Dynamic Lighting Technique August 30th

That’s pretty nifty.

Posted By | On 29th, Aug. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


On August 30, Sony will be showing off its new dynamic lighting technique for the PlayStation 4 that has been used to great effect to bring us the suite of SmartAR. The demonstration will be held in Osaka at the, I shit you not, the Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2014 show, for which Sony Computer Entertainment is a sponsor.

The reason that this lighting technique is notable at all is because it fixes one of the biggest problems that AR technology has had till date- objects rendered within the augmented reality don’t respond to lighting and shadows in the real world, which means they look artificial and disconnected from the real world. The new dynamic lighting model fixes this by having the rendered object to respond to, and interact with, light and shadow in the real world.

That’s actually pretty neat, although, considering that AR remains largely a gimmick with not much in the way of actual, meaningful applications to gameplay, I don’t think this will amount to anything much in the end. We’ll see, though.

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  • d0x360

    Any advancement in technology is good and someday there might be an application somewhere for this but for gaming? AR is one of those things that everyone loves to play around with for 10 min and then never ever touch again.

    I don’t understand why Sony would devote resources to this. There is no future for gaming in this area. Not until we have electronic contact lenses that can overlay graphics on the real world.

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