Upcoming space sim Star Citizen continues to impress me. The crowd-funded PC title has raised close to $25 million so far, and it looks awesome. See for yourself in this commercial for the game's F7A Hornet. The embedded video defaults to 720p, but the resolution can be cranked up to 4K for folks with enough pixels at their disposal. There's also a downloadable version unsullied by YouTube compression. The three minutes of 4K footage weigh in at a hefty 1GB.
Yeah, that's pretty impressive. The MP4 download looks great on my 1920x1200 monitor, and I can imagine how crisp everything must be at 4K resolution.
According to the blog post introducing the commercial, the video is "rendered 100% in-engine in real time at 4k resolution." It goes on to say, "We scale everything for the super high resolutions that will be the basis of tomorrow’s gaming experience; our assets are designed with high polycounts instead of having details baked into their textures."
Star Citizen isn't due until 2015. However, in December, some backers will gain access to an alpha that will cover the dogfighting component of the game. Additional alpha and beta modules will follow.
I'm curious to hear how those releases are received by the community. Everything I've seen so far suggests Star Citizen will be the best space sim ever.
|Surface Power Cover extends run times with second battery||21|
|New Microsoft brass 'extremely committed' to the Xbox||7|
|Need a little more help...||20|
|iOS 7.1 aims to atone for iOS 7's shortcomings||64|
|Sony, Panasonic cooking up 1TB optical discs||61|
|New Zotac mini-PCs offer Iris Pro, mobile Richland||29|
|Latest GeForce WHQL drivers add Titanfall support||23|
|Haswell-powered Asus Chromebox goes up for pre-order||10|
|The TR Podcast 151: Key switch explosion, the new System Guide, and overclocked SSDs||8|