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Advanced Graphics Summit: Shadows of Cold War: A Scalable Approach to Shadowing

Kevin Myers  (Senior Lead Graphics Engineer, Treyarch)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 10:50am - 11:50am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War launched across several generations of hardware. To deliver the best experience for players on original Xbox/PS4 to Next-Gen consoles and PC, we developed a system to automatically scale shadow quality. The system allows for true ray-traced shadows at the high-end, falling back to a dynamic-res shadowmap system that supports plausible contact hardening. This dynamic-res system works within a fixed memory budget and perf-target, delivering shadow resolution where it is needed across an unrestricted number of lights.