Nvidia likes to keep pushing its GPUs with new tech every generation and this time around it seems that Nvidia will be pushing its next-gen Nvidia GTX 1180 even further with AI rendered realistic Hairworks model along with Nvidia RTX.
Researchers at the University of South California, Pinscreen, and Microsoft have come up with a technique to render hair for in-game characters using machine learning.
The system can apparently render 3D hair from a 2D reference image and this could potentially be used by next-gen Nvidia GTX 1180 to render realistic hair for in-game characters.
Given Nvidia’s history of pushing Gameworks in AAA PC titles such as The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy 15, The Division and more, it seems likely that the company will be pushing the AI based Hairworks rendering in upcoming video games as Nvidia is already pushing its Real-Time Ray Tracing in games such as Metro Exodus.
Realistic hair modeling is one of the most difficult tasks when digitizing virtual humans. In contrast to objects that are easily parameterisable, like the human face, hair spans a wide range of shape variations and can be highly complex due to its volumetric structure and level of deformability in each strand.
Nvidia has been pushing its Gameworks in AAA PC Games that add an additional layer of realism to in-game characters with its Hairworks, VXAO, TXAA, Soft Shadows and more. Here is the list of Nvidia Gameworks that are often used in games to name just a few:
- Volumetric Lighting
- Soft Shadows
- Depth of Field
- GI Works
While it is not a perfect system, as you can see in the video that results for some characters is not so perfect, but it seems a step in the right direction.
However, this feature might only be available to only the high-end next-gen Nvidia GPUs like the long-rumored Nvidia GTX 1180 as AI demands a lot of computational power.
Speaking of Nvidia, Lenovo has confirmed that Legion Y530 Gaming Laptop with Nvidia GTX 1160 will be rolling out this holiday season.
Legion Y530 Gaming is already available in GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti variants but LaptopMedia has confirmed that a new variant of the laptop will be available in the market this fall with next-gen GTX 1160.
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