Wednesday, May 22nd 2019

EA Reveals Next-Generation Hair Rendering for Frostbite

In the gaming industry, everything is evolving around game graphics. GPUs are integrating new technologies such as ray tracing, there are tons of software dedicated to making in-game illustrations look as realistic as possible. Electronic Arts, one of the game publishing companies decided to release a state of the art AAA games, today revealed an update to DICE's Frostbite engine.

DICE's Frostbite engine is powering many of today's AAA titles such as Battlefield V, Anthem and Star Wars Battlefront. Today it got a big update. EA released new capabilities to render the hair of in-game characters with almost real-life realism. This is pretty impressive considering that hair is very difficult to model artificially. Being one of the most interesting topics for game developers, good hair animations are extremely important to achieving the lifelike look newer AAA titles are targeting.
If you would like to see it in the video, you can check out this amazing work of art EA has made here:
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41 Comments on EA Reveals Next-Generation Hair Rendering for Frostbite

#1
RH92
Amazing work those hairs look natural ! Can't imagine where graphics will be in the next 10years especially now that we have raytracing .
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#2
Cr4zy
Frostbite looking better and yet still no one can make good games with it.
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#3
RH92
Cr4zy, post: 4052206, member: 169586"
Frostbite looking better and yet still no one can make good games with it.
True !
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#4
WithoutWeakness
I laughed out loud when the camera panned around and showed the blank mannequin face and then it did the awkward flip-kick. I know they're demoing the hair but you couldn't put it on an actual character?
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#5
Valantar
Looks kind of cool.

More importantly, though, are they going to keep forcing this engine down the throats of their developers regardless of its suitability to the project at hand?
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#6
rhpsystems
Cr4zy, post: 4052206, member: 169586"
Frostbite looking better and yet still no one can make good games with it.
+1000
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#7
stimpy88
Forgive my ignorance, but I thought nVidia did this stuff before? Has the Frostbite engine always used their own in-house tech for this?
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#8
Manu_PT
In b4 everyone disables that effect to gain additional 30fps :D
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#9
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Cr4zy, post: 4052206, member: 169586"
Frostbite looking better and yet still no one can make good games with it.
Bad Company 2 wasnt too bad. Im half disappointed they toned down the destruction so much in newer BF games.
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#10
yakk
EA's game engine developers are top world class programmers.

EA's executive brass utterly destroys their game designer's visions & then litter their games with the maximum amount of micro transactions possible.

It's like running a car with one sport tire and 3 concrete blocks.
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#11
Divide Overflow
What are the hardware requirements and hit to performance?
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#12
_Flare
Looks good .. but the look is not the problem this previously very good Mantle-capable Engine has.

They have some problems deep in their engine, they will need to get rid of as fast as possible.
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#13
RichF
Now we can have even more luxuriant tresses on an ugly old man.

Witcher 4 ftw.
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#14
GinoLatino
WithoutWeakness, post: 4052222, member: 111812"
I laughed out loud when the camera panned around and showed the blank mannequin face and then it did the awkward flip-kick. I know they're demoing the hair but you couldn't put it on an actual character?
Systems can't handle both :roll:
Maybe is a new meme: but can it run Frostbyte hair?
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#15
altcapwn
Cr4zy, post: 4052206, member: 169586"
Frostbite looking better and yet still no one can make good games with it.
I'm still mad about the fact that they haven't released a SDK saying the engine is too complex.

One of the best part of BF2 was the mod community.
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#16
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Expected Fabio hair; got Fabio hair. I am not disappointed.


Do I care? Not in the slightest because a game shouldn't be so shallow that it matters.
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#17
Mistral
stimpy88, post: 4052232, member: 178509"
Forgive my ignorance, but I thought nVidia did this stuff before? Has the Frostbite engine always used their own in-house tech for this?
nVidia, November 2013, proprietary part of GameWorks, COD: Ghosts
AMD, March 2013, open source, Tomb Rider

Wouldn't be too surprised if the Frostbyte solution turned out to be a modified TressFX 3.0
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#18
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Why not? That's the cheapest/fastest way to do it.
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#22
Fluffmeister
GinoLatino, post: 4052411, member: 180136"
Yes, but I believe it to be hairworks only, that is supported only by nVidia cards.
I think that what Frostbyte achieved is renderable by all brands of video cards.
Of course, just pointing out stimpy is correct in assuming such tech has been around for donkeys.

The acid test as always is the performance hit, Tomb Raider only used TressFX on Lara's head and not mulitple NPCs at the same time for example.
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#23
willace
Good, but disable it to gain 50+fps.................
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#24
moproblems99
Now if only every game using the engine didn't end up a hot pile of trash.
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#25
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
The big question here that nobody has asked yet is will this be sold as DLC or the animation effect put in loot crates with 0.03% of getting it?
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