Sunday, August 07, 2005
ATI / Revolution tech demo screens
Thanks (once again) to Raphael for giving me the link to two of these screens. All of them can be found on the French site JeuxVideo.com. They all appear to be pre-rendered, but bear both the ATI and Retro Studios logo.
The screenshots further reference the ´R520´, which is a new ATI graphics chip. No official word on this chip yet. But there is detailed information about the R520 over at the Neowin forums. By the way, the ´R500´ is rumoured to be the Xbox360 GPU, according to some.
There is also a reference to ´ModelShading´, which is followed by the trademark symbol. However, there is no such trademark filed at either the US trademark office or the Industrial Property Digital Library of Japan. That alone makes me very suspicious.
The only aspects that are in favour of the screens are their quality, quantity and that they make a good match. We have never had so many alleged screens before that also really fit together. Remember the Xenias screens? They looked very different. This lot is, at least, done in a coherent style.
However, could the ´Hollywood´GPU really be a super-advanced chip like the R520? and would the first screens that surface really feature unfamiliar Science Fiction characters rather than the famous Nintendo characters? I guess my first stop is to check DeviantArt rather than checking with ATI.
EDIT All of them are fake. They are the winning entries to the ´Grand Space Opera Challenge´, a computer art challenge. Find them here. Thanks and kudos to Alex and Benihana for posting the link in the comments. That´s another one down, only another million alleged Revolution screenshots to go.