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Session Name 4K Checkerboard in 'Battlefield 1' and 'Mass Effect Andromeda'
Speaker(s) Graham Wihlidal
Company Name(s) Frostbite Labs, Electronic Arts
Track / Format Programming
Overview Checkerboard rendering is a relatively new technique, popularized recently by the introduction of the PlayStation 4 Pro. Many modern game engines are adding support for it right now, and in this talk, Graham will present an in-depth look at the new implementation in Frostbite, which is used in shipping titles like 'Battlefield 1' and 'Mass Effect Andromeda'. Despite being conceptually simple, checkerboard rendering requires a deep integration into the post-processing chain, in particular temporal anti-aliasing, dynamic resolution scaling, and poses various challenges to existing effects. This presentation will cover the basics of checkerboard rendering, explain the impact on a game engine that powers a wide range of titles, and provide a detailed look at how the current implementation in Frostbite works, including topics like object id, alpha unrolling, gradient adjust, and a highly efficient depth resolve.

GDC 2017

Graham Wihlidal

Frostbite Labs, Electronic Arts

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