As many of you might have known now, Microsoft is going big into the digital media industry with Expressions, XNA, Silverlight and the list just goes on.
Recently, with the release of DirectX 10 and Windows Vista, trends have indicated that improved visuals are simply romancing developers as well as gamers! As we know today, game story & game play is important, however, user experience is going to be one of the factors that gamers look out for too!
Figure1: The lastest version of flight simulator leaveraging on DirectX 10
Improvements could pass consoles
The latest improvements, many believe, far surpass even the very best of what the consoles are capable of. Case in point: the upcoming PC shooter "Crysis," where players take the role of a battle-savvy soldier who has to uncover the secrets behind an asteroid that has smashed into Earth.
Beams of light glimmer through a jungle overgrown with swaying palm trees, and the thick underbrush gets more detailed with a closer look. Gaze into the distance and you can see aquamarine waves crashing on a white sand beach. Zoom in on a soldier to see an emotive face with stubble, freckles and other subtle individual details.
Game developers excited at prospects
Many game developers are excited at the technology's prospects.
"Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures," due in October, will put players into a persistent online fantasy world of barbarians and mythical monsters.
"What we tried to achieve with the graphics is something that we called 'magical realism,'" said Jorgen Tharaldsen, product director for Funcom, which is developing the game in Oslo, Norway. "With DX10 we can just add a lot more bells and whistles. We can start pushing graphics to the stage where it almost looks realistic."