It seems that 3D is the newest buzz since High Definition and 1080p. Crytek sees that and their lastest engine is going to be going Stereoscopic 3D.
Crytek released version 3.2 of its CryENGINE 3 SDK today. This major upgrade includes full Stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) support for all supported platforms and with almost no performance impact or compromise on graphical quality. With the groundbreaking CryENGINE 3 Screen Space Re-Projection Stereo (SSRS) solution, developers are not required to write any code, or change any assets to take advantage of the S-3D technology. This solution renders in S-3D with minimal performance loss and zero quality impact. CryENGINE®3 Live Create™, which allows 100% real-time, simultaneous editing across all supported platforms, also runs in S-3D. It allows developers to make a single change in our CryENGINE®3 Sandbox™ editor and then immediately see and play the S-3D output on the target platform. Furthermore, CryENGINE 3 can output HD resolution S-3D movies from the renderer in real-time.
CryENGINE 3 supports all industry standard output formats – meaning there is no requirement for bespoke hardware or top of the range displays to benefit from S-3D in games. Specifically, CryENGINE 3 has multiplatform (Xbox 360™, PlayStation®3 and PC) native support for display technology including:
- HDMI 1.4 Stereo Standard
- Frame-compatible formats for Pre-HDMI 1.4 TVs
- Anaglyphic 3D
- Anaglyphic 3D
“In the past year, S-3D has been the most exciting technological development in the world of entertainment. Following the huge success of the movie Avatar, movie theatre companies and TV manufacturers have rushed to support this amazing new way to immerse their audience in their content. Record numbers of people returning to theatres have evidenced the appeal of S-3D for consumers. Now TV corporations, console platform owners and game publishers are looking for unique and compelling S-3D content to deliver to their customers. With CryENGINE 3 we offer a solution that is far superior to any other game development solution out there. Developers can easily evaluate the new version of CryENGINE 3 through our mycryengine.com portal.” says Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development CryENGINE.
Sounds like another feature that will be helpful in promoting the CryENGINE 3. Who knows how much it will be used though.