My favorite DICE 2012 talk was given by Epic Games CEO and technical director Tim Sweeney. Titled “Technology and Gaming in the Next 20 Years”, the session focused on the future of videogame graphics. Considering Sweeney’s genius, I was greatly looking forward to what he had to say, but I was afraid that a lot of it would fly over my head. Instead, I was surprised by the great job he did at making high-tech concepts easy for idiots (i.e. me) to understand.
Sweeney kicked off the talk by introducing the mother of all graphics receptors: the human eye. From there he discussed how the human eye is the equivalent of a 30-megapixel camera. For tablet gaming, the most the eye needs is a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. For console and PC gaming, the eye needs 8,000 x 4,000 at most. Using various data points, Sweeney talks about how quickly videogame graphics can get to those points.
I can’t recommend this session enough. It’s highly technical, but also easy to relate to and very enjoyable. I felt smarter just for hearing it. Give it a watch and please let me know what you think!