Video showcases stunning PlayStation 4 game lighting technology

A few weeks ago we reported that the next-generation Enlighten lighting engine was coming to the PlayStation 4, and today, we get a first glimpse of the new technology. Made by a company called Geometrics, Enlighten’s visuals look just stunning, with ultra-realistic lighting (as expected), showcasing a dynamic lighting feature that goes from day to evening, to night.

Geometrics will unveil more details and demos of the Enlighten engine at GDC, which is just one week away. The engine will be available on the PlayStation 4, the PC, and the upcoming Xbox 720 console as well. Enlighten was a popular middleware for previous generation consoles, appearing in games such as Battlefield 3.

The PlayStation 4 has already received support from all major game engine makers, including Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 and CryTek’s CryEngine 3.

The video below showcases Enlighten’s abilities, and is running on a PlayStation 4.


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  • WOW!!

    • jay

      You will turn it on, see the graphics and say…

  • Barters

    I think I’d need to see this in HD to be suitably impressed.

    • jay

      I’ll save you the time by saying, NO you won’t be impressed. I have an iMac and watching it in HD was not too impressive.

  • Guhtere

    Will there ever be a point when they can’t stop improving graphics? With animated movies, you always think “it can’t look better than this” then in a year, they look even better. Same goes for games. But will there ever be a point where it looks just as good as actual real life? Or could they EVEN LOOK BETTER THAN REAL LIFE?!? O.O

    • dkr725

      The point is, graphics are a factor in gaming that mean less and less each generation.To answer your question, yes. The visible difference in graphic quality is lower each generation. The simple concept of diminishing returns. It is feasible that they will eventually become indistinguishable from “actual” real life. After that, there is nowhere else to go. Really? Better than real life? Think about what you said. An apple can be bred to be identical to an orange, but it cannot become more of an orange than an orange.

      • Thats like saying something of fiction cant be greater than non-fiction…

    • ps4ultimania

      honestly i think we are going there but then it’ll still be real life because if when have graphics better then our own eye perception its not a dream but i think its beyond the laws of physics and nature to do that

    • Neilandio

      I personally think they already look better than real life. Realism in games is not something I would like to see.

    • jay

      Graphics will hit a brick wall, but that won’t be within 50 years. We will see super hi vision, then holo tech before then.

      Not to toot my own horn here but, I write plots and gameplay for games(I’m NOT A DEV, it’s just a HOBBY until a game is picked up by a publisher).
      And I don’t see the big deal people make about graphics.

      For example 2 of my games push for the most realistic visuals possible, while one of my games is more stylized, and another looks like a saturday morning cartoon(not realistic at all!!)

  • Patrick Francis

    They already have this lighting in Minecraft. Not impressed.

    • lonewolf88

      lol shaders are the best :p
      makes minecraft look real :S

  • NintendoNoob

    Pretty good, hope no drop in FPS

    • ps4ultimania

      hopfully but knowing playstation and xbox history of frame drop it may tke work to stableize that unless they plain plain that our from the start

  • bizzy gie

    Pretty cool, but I think the PS4 can do a lot better. I think we’ll really see its power at E3.

    • gobrowniesgo

      lf they want to own E3 they better bring it because Nintendo’s goin in fully loaded..l bet the big N takes it..

      • bizzy gie

        Definitely. Nintendo will have BOAT LOADS of software to announce. After the console hype cools down from both Sony’s and Microsoft’s new guns, then people are going to want games. Their launch games will be pretty good, but that’s where Nintendo will lead.

        • gobrowniesgo

          Yep. With the WWHD, SSBU,’s going to be a good E3 for all of em but Nintendo has a good jump on the others.The Wii U will be almost optomized system wize after thier two updates that are coming. lt will be tough for them to top it until they get games out..

        • jay

          I’m personally waiting for Retros announcement!!!

    • jay

      Don’t hold your breath. Tech demos like these tend to look a LOT better than actual gameplay.

      sony can’t talk tech jargon all day to us, but let your EYES be the judge.

  • Levi Johansen

    What has changed? This looks pretty much like the effects of last generation…

    I guess, if anything has changed, it might be that it is easier to make these effects for developers, and/or that it doesn’t require as much RAM or something.

    It does look slightly better, but if the new engines aren’t gonna improve more than this, then the Wii U will definetly be able to compete with PS4 and the next Xbox, and both of them will use half their RAM and the CPU will be asleep – their power is simply wasted.

    Seeing how awesome “The Last of Us” looks, knowing it is PS3 with only 256 MB of RAM, it became clear that the game graphics will stay the same for decades! And this video proves it!

    Graphics haven’t improved much since 2005 and future games will probably try to fill the BluRay disc instead of trying to fill the RAM, because nobody is noticing the graphical differences anyway.

    The future will bring giant games, 40-60 GB in size, but the graphics will stay pretty much the same. This is my prediction.

    • Metal_Man_v2

      What games were you playing in 2005? I was on my gamecube, and graphics have improved dramatically since then.

      • Levi Johansen

        The Xbox 360 came out in 2005 and many PC games had superb graphics back then too.

        I didn’t mean 2005 precisely, but around then – PS3 came in 2006.
        This looks nothing better than what those could pull off.

        I’ve never had either of those, I had the N64 and GameCube back then, and Beyond Good and Evil looked soo great to me, I never thought it would be necessery to go Beyond that…

    • ps4ultimania

      we are pretty maxed for our yrs 2020 is probably when itll fruther advance we need to see tvs with better frame rates 80+ and 2000p tvs to go further we cant progress in engines much cuz we are still going for the big push but rly must they get better??? id like to see these great graphic games gain in fun now but 2005 that a stretch

      • Levi Johansen

        Sure it has advanced since 2005, but the absolute BEST of those years aren’t far behind the AVERAGE of today.

        But I really don’t see why we would want to go further at this point, our eyes cannot even see beyond 1080p HD – unless we are inches from the screen. And most people cannot see any frame-rates-flicker above 50/60.

        Of course it’s not a bad thing that PS4 and the Next Xbox will be so over-powerful, they can use the extra RAM and power to multitask, stream to PS Vita/Tablets without a frame-drop on the TV or have cross-game video chatting and the list goes on.

        • gobrowniesgo

          That is yet to be seen..Ps4 may have 8 cores but l’ll bet that only 2-3 are used for gaming. Nxtbx didn’t reveal anything yet..

          • ps4ultimania

            i hear itll have two 4 core chips

    • gobrowniesgo

      True.▲▲▲▲ But the Wii U makes the biggest jump from the last console.. l completely agree with the above statement!

      • ps4ultimania

        yeah in its own comanpy yet its sales arent as good

        • jay

          No ones talking about sales here. I’ve been gaming on every major platform since the Atari 2600 and I truly believe the Wii-Wii U might be the biggest graphical jump in history. If not then I’d give that title to SNES to N64.

      • jay

        you’re right, no one seems to acknowledge this. The ps3/ps4 will be very close in visuals.

    • Enigma

      Have you seen Crysis 3 on the PC, or how about the new Killzone?

      You are extremely mistaken. The graphics have been and still are improving at a reasonable pace.

      • Levi Johansen

        Yes, I have seen them and they look amazing.

        Sure, graphics are improving, things are more detailed, but we need a magnifying glass to see it.

        The bigges difference I’ve seen so far is that in the last generation we saw games with giant and beautiful landscapes, but in order to show it all the details had to be reduced on everything in a distance, if you know what I mean.

        Like when we’re looking down a valley or a water fall, or standing on top of a building or a tree – it’s appearent that objects that are far away is less detailed than the closer ones. This was especially visible on the Wii.

        But now this is gone, they might still be reducing the detail-level, but we sure cannot see it anymore.

        The difference between the Wii U and the PS4/Xbox 720 will be that the Wii U will still require the detail-reduction I described, far less, but still… and object will be less detailes, but this isn’t really gonna be visible.

        Crysis 3 was running on the Wii U and will not be released ONLY because of the Nintendo vs EA dispute where EA want’s to incorporate Origin on Wii U.

        So the Wii U is capable of these graphics too, dispite it is not much of a leap in hardware.

        Graphics will still improve, like you said, and they can keep making videos that shows it off, but actual gameplay will not look much different from what we allready have, this is my point.

  • Neilandio

    The graphics look pretty but the lighting is crap.

  • Desmond Lum

    I guess it is slightly improved over last generation….

  • gobrowniesgo

    l bet that it’s rendered on a pc and they say it’s on the system..

    • jay

      lol in 2005 microsoft used an APPLE computer to show off the 360.