from the i'm-bald-you-insensitive-clod dept.
Nvidia has just provided an impressive demonstration of HairWorks 1.1, flaunting the real-time calculation of around half a million virtual hairs.
Previously, Nvidia has conducted tests with 22,000 separate strands, that has been quite a success. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is among the first games to take advantage of the Nvidia HairWorks, using which it has greatly enhanced the visible hairstyles of the characters in the game.
But the work of the latest version 1.1 is just breathtaking, as it creates a realistic looking representation of human hair.
The card used to record the video is GeForce GTX 980, and it's not used because it is enough powerful, but the fact that HairWorks functionality only supports NVIDIA cards. Which means AMD Radeon card owners won't be able to enjoy this remarkable effect.
AMD has a competitive (and Open Source) product that will run on both the AMD Radeon and Nvidia graphics cards called TressFX.