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IGN has an article on a game being developed by Digital Extremes for the next generation consoles.

 

The trailer, we're told, is not CG, nor is it pre-rendered in any way. According to Digital Extremes, the footage shown here is entirely in-game engine. The new engine is built using potential specs from both future consoles, which are unofficially due sometime in late 2005 or early 2006.

 

Click here for the website with the trailer.

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Yeah, I wasn't that impressed either. Doom 3 and Halo 2 seem somewhat comparable. I doubt that game will look anything like that when it finally comes out, if it ever comes out. Malice anyone? The fact that it doesn't look incredible implies that it is actually real though. Gotta always be skeptical for this type of thing. "N64 will have Toy Story quality visuals!"

 

It seems that framerate never improves with each generation. Horsepower provides higher resolution, lighting effects, more polygons, better textures, etc... yet, we still get games like Deux Ex and KOTOR which are great games, even great looking games, but have choppy framerates. Will it always be like this?

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As long as people are wanting higher resolution, lighting effects, more polygons, better textures, etc, more than likely

 

Well, I hope that by the time 1080p becomes mainstream (probably Xbox 3 time), the standard console will have enough RAM to display photorealistic textures, polygon count will be high enough to represent a realistic human body from top to bottom, and lighting will all be realtime. Perhaps then more and more developers will use standardized engines with locked 60 fps and concentrate on content instead of technology.

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Well, I hope that by the time 1080p becomes mainstream (probably Xbox 3 time),

 

Why do you say Xbox 3 time? I'm expecting the next gen to embrace high-def resolutions. Maybe not 100% of the titles will offer it but I'm expecting well over 50%.

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Maybe he's not saying mainstream as in Xbox games supporting high-def, but the tv buyers themselves?

 

If you did a check of everyones home in this country, to see what kind of tv we all have, the "regular" tv's percentage numbers would, more than likely, annihilate the high-def ones.

 

You kind of get a slanted view hangin' out here. :lol: I know that after hanging out at http://www.hometheaterforum.com, for years, I assumed that most people had kick ass home theater systems.

 

Nope.

 

I read in home theater magazine, a few months back, that the majority of people that actually even have a home theater, in this country, still only have Dolby Pro Logic. UGH!!!!! :drool:

 

I'll bet high-def tv's are in the same boat.

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If you did a check of everyones home in this country, to see what kind of tv we all have, the "regular" tv's percentage numbers would, more than likely, annihilate the high-def ones.

 

Obviously.

I'd be willing to bet, however, that the rate of sale for HD sets is begining to out-pace SDTVs. If it's not yet it will be by the time Xbox 2 hits stores.

HD resolutions in the majority of games is an expectation.

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You guys have to remember that he said 1080P. There aren't many TV's out there right now that offer that resolution, and honestly... I can't see a ton more that will support it coming out in the next 2 years before the next-gen launches are complete.

 

I can see all consoles supporting 720P or 1080i for all of their next gen titles, but I think he's right that 1080P is a ways off.

 

Glen

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Ahh...Yea, I missed the "p". Good point.

I did quite flagrantly throw a "P" in there, actually. The reason was that I see 1080p being a resolution ceiling for quite a while. Right now the HD installed base is small, and even it is fragmented between 720p and 1080i. But, I imagine that in a couple of years, all HDTVs will support 1080p and programming/games will follow. At that time, when it is a standard, we can expect everything to meet that standard. I simply don't see that being the case for PS3/Xbox2. There will continue to a fragmentation between 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i in the next generation. Perhaps there will be more support for HD (I hope) but I anticipate being frustrated all over again.

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But, I imagine that in a couple of years, all HDTVs will support 1080p and programming/games will follow

 

Most HDTV's don't even support 780p now. I do agree that I think 1080p would be a set standard for the foreseeable future, that future won't be here anytime soon.

 

Back on topic - Dark Sector looks okay,not (to me anyways) a super-wow OMG game. Maybe in a cople of years...

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Part of the problem with hd right now is that, outside of dvd/gaming, there's even less material to view.

 

Kind of a catch 22. People aren't rushing out to get hdtv since there isn't a whole lot to watch and, networks aren't putting out tons of hd material since there aren't that many hdtv's out there.

 

But, I'm certainly with ya Camp, in that I hope that it's embraced soon. I myself, don't have an hdtv...yet. I'm still using my Proscan 60"rptv. It's hard to replace it since, it still get a pretty damn good picture...and a reasonably large picture at that.

 

I can only imagine what kind of picture quality you guys get with your hdtv's!!! I am jealous. I've NEVER seen a dvd or Xbox game being played on an hdtv. I'd love to see one in action!

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  • 1 year later...

Digital Extremes has released a brand new trailer for Dark Sector. The game is coming along pretty nicely. The new trailer shows off the advanced lighting, physics etc. Anyone that has played Doom 3 on the PC at high resolution will find alot to feel familiar about here. Though thankfully this does seem to represent the "next gen" a bit better. The comparisons to a "techno" Splinter Cell seems quite apt. I've uploaded the trailer to the server for all to see:

 

Dark Sector Trailer 2

 

IGN also has an interview with one of the leads on the game. Not a great deal of info but they do mention something "new and exciting" in terms of the multiplayer. Read it here .

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  • 1 year later...

Everyone remember this one? After a few years and the release of the remaining next gen consoles finally looming, Digital Extremes finally decides to show Dark Sector again and it's not quite the game you remember. Take a look at these new screenshots:

 

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Someone's been playing Resident Evil 4.:) As you can see from these shots though, the game has definitely undergone some major changes. The outerspace setting has been replaced with something more real world and the main character has gone through some drastic redesigning. Hopefully Digital Extremes actually does something decent here. The last few games they've released have been..well..garbage.

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err...huh? I knew the initial stuff was just CGI intended to gain publisher interest (investment) but this is a different game.

 

I don't know, I just don't trust developers who use this tactic. I put the Project Offset team in the same category. It's selling vaporware.

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