Good day! I would just like to briefly share my experience with A New Dawn and where I'd like to see graphics take off in the future.
What was achieved here was nothing short of amazing. As I played around with the tech demo myself, it quickly became clear just how far behind even my best looking games are. The skin, hair, lighting, and attention to detail are nearly flawless. Even on max, titles like Crysis 3 and Battlefield 3 have a ways to go before reaching these heights.
There's another piece that I'd like to tackle. As a huge fan of the "The Uncanny Valley" and its research, I couldn't believe how lifelike this caharacter was. However, despite how real-looking this humanoid/elf creature appeared, the "Valley" was still ever present. Now very few video games have ever even attemtped to cross it, and some (like 3EYOND: Two Souls) almost do, but without this level of detail.
So where do we go from here? Well, I don't expect any next gen consoles or PC games to look constantly like this anytime soon, but I am excited for a community discussion regarding graphics. Where do you think they need to tighten up? What are you impressions of A New Dawn? Let's chat!
Below, I'll post the actual video of the demo running with interaction on my newest rig.