id's John Carmack Shows idTech 5 At WWDC
3:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 10 comments
id Software John Carmack today demonstrated the company's new game engine, dubbed 'idTech 5', during Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.
The tech demo was of a racing game and during the demo, Carmack said, "So the last couple of years at id we've been working in secrecy on next-gen tech and a game for it ... this is the first time we're showing anything we've done on it publicly. What we've got here is the entire world with unique textures, 20GB of textures covering this track. They can go in and look at the world and, say, change the color of the mountaintop, or carve their name into the rock. They can change as much as they want on surfaces with no impact on the game."
Carmack finished off the demostration by saying, "We're going to be showing on a Mac, PC, PS3, and Xbox at E3, we'll have another Mac announcement at E3."
Here's more on idTech 5 from the id Software web site:
The ground breaking technology unveiled today will power id's new internally developed game and will be available for licensing to third parties. The new id rendering technology practically eliminates the texture memory constraints typically placed on artists and designers and allows for the unique customization of the entire game world at the pixel level, delivering virtually unlimited visual fidelity. Combined with a powerful new suite of tools designed to specifically facilitate and accelerate this content creation process, id Tech 5™ will power games that contain vast outdoor landscapes that are completely unique to the horizon, yet have indoor environments with unprecedented artistic detail.A video of the idTech 5 demo shown at WWDC is available on YouTube. Follow the link below to check it out.
While shown for the very first time running in real time on a Mac, id Tech 5 additionally supports the Xbox 360 and Playstation3 console platforms as well as the PC, and will be available for licensing to developers and publishers interested in working with a truly next generation rendering and game development solution.
YouTube: idTech 5 Demonstration
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