Well if you don’t yet know that there is a Battlefield 4, I’m glad you chose today to come out from under your rock. The internet was set abuzz with posters of the new shooter and there’s even a 17-minute segment of gameplay footage. It looks like Crysis 3, except it’s not Crysis 3. There’s abundant use of lens flare (where are you, J.J. Abrams?) and smoke. Its possibly the most awesome way I’ve seen anyone hype a game before.
But there was some question on the net about what was powering the demo. Nvidia’s been very vocal about things like the Samaritan demo being powered by the GTX680, but there was initially no word from DICE about what they were using. There was stuff that looked like it was Physx-accelerated, but it wasn’t (the particle effects are the most telling part). The cloth effects at 5:30 suggested that it was the Havok physics engine being used. Later on DICE said that the demo was powered by, “the world’s fastest graphics card.”
Last week Thursday AMD came out with it and confirmed that the game had been running on the Radeon HD7990 dual-GPU Tahiti graphics card. On their Facebook page, AMD writes, “AMD and EA DICE are proud partners in gaming, with a recent history that includes the award-winning Battlefield 3 in 2011. That relationship continues today with the world’s first public demonstration of Battlefield 4, powered by the AMD Radeon HD 7990 – the world’s fastest graphics card!”
Pretty cool, huh? That confirms that AMD plans to launch the HD7990 long before BF4’s planned October release, possibly with a showing-off and release at Computex this year. The other thing is that this may well be what the game will look like on the PS4. Now THAT gives me goosebumps.
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