Report: The Next Xbox Can Render Avatar Graphics

No, it won't be wall-to-wall digital blue people. Well, I hope it won't, because, man, I did not like Avatar.

However, AMD, the tech company responsible for Xbox 360 graphics tech, said the next Xbox will be able to render graphical detail on par with James Cameron's sci-fi opus.

AMD won't confirm it's working on the new Xbox, but, according to the Official Xbox Magazine, AMD said the new Xbox will launch with that level of graphics.

What's more, AMD's Neal Robison added that the upcoming A.I. will enable every pedestrian in, say, Grand Theft Auto have their own personality and react to situations differently.

This sounds like AMD talking up whatever they're working on. Fingers crossed it actually pans out, because words like these can come back to haunt you.

Kotaku is following up with Microsoft and will update this post should the company comment.

AMD: Xbox 720 graphics will look like Avatar []

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    I'll believe that when I see it. Given how much effort went into the Avatar cgi, I'm doubting its at *THAT* quality yet. Why? We still haven't seen a PC card that can render in real time that well.

      Too right, dude. Consoles will always be behind PCs in terms of quality of tech, due to pricing and we sure as hell haven't seen this tech in a PC yet.

    Ah the infamous Toy Story quote. Good times.

      My very first thought ^__^

    Finally someone else who didn't like that stupid giant blue smurf movie!!!

    Oh and yay for graphics..

    Shit, I'm still waiting for my toy story level playstation graphics.

    yes please

    Yeah, it may look like avatar graphics, but I'm pretty sure it's not going to "render avatar graphics" unless the new xbox has a render farm connected to it lol

    As a character artist, I really hope they find a way to have real time hair simulation. nVidia has got something like it working in the past but it's pretty much impossible on consoles (and most PCs) at the moment.

      Generally speaking, there are 3 types of hair: fluffy fur (think of a baby penguin), short hair/fur (men's haircut) and long hair (woman / Iggy Pop's haircut).

      Each requires a different type of structural representation and thus separate rendering method. Real-time fluffy fur is easy, can and has been done on Xbox360 already. Short hair is more difficult, long hair is more difficult again.

      Beyond overt methods like Spirits Within's individually rendered hairs, I've yet to see long hair rendered well. Even short hair has very few good-looking procedural techniques yet.

    Let's hope game developers get $500 million budgets then.

    My prediction is that it will take a LONG time for games to even come close to maxing out a system like that (which I guess is kind of the point).

    "What’s more, AMD’s Neal Robison added that the upcoming A.I. will enable every pedestrian in, say, Grand Theft Auto have their own personality and react to situations differently."

    That's such a speculative, broad, non-graphics oriented statement. Shame on you, AMD.

      I was going to say, what would AI have to do with the graphics card?

      The fact that it is a non-graphics statement actually gets me excited.
      This suggests that they are integrating openCL or some sort of api to their fusion APU hardware they have been working on.
      Utilising the gpu for massively parallel tasks [such as, say, giving each npc it's own thread] would be a massive leap forward for game technology. It is not only an emphasis on graphical technologies, other areas of games need to start making significant advances too!

    Its from AMD? What are the chances that this is even vaguely accurate?

    as long as all the games aren't like avatar, i really didn't like that movie

    Wasn't the Nintendo 64 meant to be able to do this? That panned out well...

    AMD are talking out their asses.. if a new Xbox is to launch in the next 24mths, and it is they who are making its chip you can bet it will be a 6990 or equivalent being used..

    Avatar on a chip.. lol


    This isn't even remotely feasible. Not now, not in 3 years time.

    To anyone who believes the next gen is capable of rendering Avatar in real time, I have some digital swamps I need to sell you.

    Call now. Our SwampSalesmen are standing by!

    Even if it is, we won't see that kind of quality for years into it's lifecycle. Think of every console in the past, it's graphics slowly improved to it's full potential as developers got more savvy with the technology.

    Pfffffffffffffft. Real time or it ain't worth shit.

    The PS2 could render the entire Avatar movie, given enough millennia

    so at least 12GB of RAM i here you say AMD

    don't much care if you can actually render it.

    but needs mooar RAM

    "What’s more, AMD’s Neal Robison added that the upcoming A.I. will enable every pedestrian in, say, Grand Theft Auto have their own personality and react to situations differently."

    I think that should read:

    What’s more, AMD’s Neal Robison added that they plan to over hype their upcoming technology and make the gaming public expect things like every A.I character in a game like GTA have their own personalities. He speculates this will lead to either blowing out development budgets or causing disappointment in gamers. Most likely both."

      Two words,
      THE SIMS

    AI is almost purely a software constraint, not hardware. Unless he was referring to hardware-accelerated neural network architecture, this is pure bull.

      And what is software bound by? Unicorns and lolypops?
      By your logic, the only reason we can't get a self aware AI running on an intel 8080 is because programmers are lazy mofo's.....
      If you look into current paradigms in programming and consumer level parallel processing, you will see exactly how the AI statement fits into a hardware announcement.

    Wooowooo, you guys are all so informative! I didn't know so many people didn't like that movie, it's so great to know that you don't like something, YAY!

    Next thing you know AMD will be saying that their ATi graphics drivers won't constantly be a steaming pile crap.

      I welcome you to 2011, time traveler! While your delorean re configures it's time circuits, let me fill you in on events which have transpired since your departure in 2003....

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