If Square Enix’s real-time Luminous Technology demonstration is representative of the visual fidelity we can expect from PlayStation 4, then wake us up when the next console comes around.
The Japanese company revealed the breath-taking demo below during a press demonstration at E3 in Los Angeles. Even more incredibly, chief technology officer Yoshihisa Hashimoto spent a moment tweaking attributes such as hair colour before running the demo again, all to prove that it was running in real-time.
The demo itself is Final Fantasy themed, but not indicative of an in-development project. Still, this is the kind of fidelity you can (hopefully) expect from the PlayStation 4’s inevitable entry somewhere down the line.
Luminous aims to close the gap between real-time graphics and pre-rendered cinematics, but it's also capable of much more. For example, apparently it can dynamically adapt the animations of a character based on the weight of attached equipment, which is crazy when you stop and think about it.
Check out the demo below. Looks a bit tasty, doesn’t it?