Video games continue to look better and better. But how long until we reach photorealism?
Many believe it's a long ways off, but not Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney. He told GamesIndustry International that game graphics will reach an "indistinguishable from reality" level in less than 10 years.
He's talking about "absolute photorealism," but he added that such advancements will come with a brand new set of challenges that developers haven't yet tackled:
"That just moves the challenge of graphics to the problems we don't know how to solve. Like simulating human intelligence, animation, speech, lip-syncing," Sweeney said. "There are still a lot areas that will require ongoing research for probably the rest of our lives before we come close to approaching reality."
This echos comments from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) visual effects supervisor Kim Libreri, who said last year that we'll see true photorealism in less than a decade. Here's the important question, though, and I quote Jeff Goldblum's character in "Jurassic Park:" "Your scientists were so focused on whether or not they could, they never wondered if they should ."
Personally, I don't want games to look exactly like reality. I think at that point, I'll be done playing. It just…takes the fantasy factor away. I also think it's exceedingly dangerous but I'm sure I'm in the minority on that.