Originally posted by sunilramanCool. Anyways just finished Half Life 2 : Episode 1. Runs nice on 2xAA, full details and 16xAF. HDR is nice. All at 1280x1024. Yeah, maybe 2007 won't be too bad, I'll run games at the lower settings which, like you say, would mean about Half Life 2 quality or faster given smarter 3D engines and all that.
Half Life 2 : Episode 1 and LOTR: BattleforMiddleEarth 2 has been good these past two months. Haven't played UT2004 for a while, I think I've played it too much past few years.
Next up I think I'll give CallOfDuty 2 a shot. Singleplayer missions should be interesting on that, and a change of genre from Fantasy/Sci-Fi to WW2.
Half Life 2 observation: Why are the same people that caused the "problem" in the first place by opening up the dimensional rift STILL in charge of the resistance? Isn't it Black Mesa's fault for the Combine coming into the normal dimension and taking over?? I didn't finish Half Life 1 so maybe I am missing something....
One thing that most people don't think about, is that, at some point, not too far away in the future, we will have finally reached realism. At that point, what more will we need?
When we can have a computer generated game, or real time movie at 1920 x 1200p that can't be distinguished from a hi def movie, then we will have reached pretty much "The End". I suppose some wags will want to go to 2560 x 1600, or even further, but we won't see large screen displays in that rez for a while, and by the time we do, the boards will do that as well.
We need a proper Ray Trace for scenes. Correct luminosity for materials, etc.
The last thing needed is a "proper" physics model. The Ageia's PhysX doesn't cut it, as it only models effects, without any play interaction. When the physics model allows something like a player to be blinded in an eye momentarily because (s)he gets water from a splash in it,thus missing a shot, or something equivalent, it won't be ready.
But, when it is ready, everything will have fallen in place.
What is there after that, really?
How long will this take? No less than five years, but possibly, no longer than ten.
And then it will get cheap enough for everyone.