Daylight launches with NVIDIA GPU PhysX, HBAO+, and Bokeh Depth of Field effects

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Daylight Launches April 29th with NVIDIA GPU PhysX, HBAO+, and Bokeh Depth of Field effects

Horror games have seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to Slender Man and titles inspired by his success. The latest game seeking fame in the crowded genre is Daylight, a DirectX 11 first-person survival-horror set in an abandoned hospital with a dark past. Uniquely, Daylight offers a new challenge each and every time you play thanks to procedurally generated levels that shuffle the horrific game’s building blocks.

Further differentiating Daylight is the addition of advanced NVIDIA technologies, increasing visual fidelity and immersion in the game’s spooky locales. For an overview, check out our GeForce GTX Technology Trailer below.

Daylight Technology, In Depth

Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Daylight is the most technologically advanced horror game seen to date. Under the hood, several NVIDIA-developed effects bolster Unreal Engine 4’s graphical prowess, enhancing the game’s dark, moody world with richer shadows and immersive special effects.

NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated PhysX Effects

As shown in our tech video above, Daylight includes NVIDIA GPU-accelerated PhysX effects for NVIDIA GeForce GTX users, increasing immersion and the spooky atmosphere of Daylight’s environments. Most prominently, realistic cloth is found throughout the game, reacting in real-time to player actions, environmental effects, and supernatural occurrences.


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Also shown in the tech video is the addition of fog and smoke, courtesy of NVIDIA’s Turbulence module. These enhance the fidelity and immersion of many locations, and are particularly adept at increasing the fear factor.


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NVIDIA HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion

Ambient Occlusion (AO) adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet, and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. The AO technique used and the quality of the implementation affects the level of accuracy of shadowing, and whether new shadows are formed when the level of occlusion is low. Without Ambient Occlusion scenes can look flat and unrealistic, and objects can appear as if they are floating on surfaces.

In Daylight, gamers can enable NVIDIA HBAO+, a new DirectX 11 AO technique that renders shadows at full resolution with an unprecedented 36 occlusion samples per AO pixel. Compared to other AO techniques, HBAO+ is more detailed and more precise, and has a significantly lower performance impact per occlusion sample.

To demonstrate the benefits of HBAO+ in Daylight, the greyscale images below remove textures and other game elements to show only AO shading. Beneath each capture HBAO+ ‘On’ and ‘Off’ screenshots show the in-game result, and the linked caption text loads interactive comparisons that better demonstrate HBAO+'s benefits.

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HBAO+ adds considerable depth to the highly-detailed environment, enhancing everything from the clock hands to the peeling wallpaper, to the protagonist and her foe. Click here for an interactive comparison.

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HBAO+ highlights the geometric detail of the trees, the window frames, and the foliage. With HBAO+ disabled, the scene appears flat, and the layered detail is easily missed. Click here for an interactive comparison.

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HBAO+ accentuates the geometric detail and depth of each stone and slab, increasing image quality. Click here for an interactive comparison.

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Our final images effectively highlight the variable depth and detail of HBAO+ shading, and the seamless transition between shadows of differing intensity. Click here for an interactive comparison.

NVIDIA Depth of Field

NVDOF” enables developers to apply high-quality depth of field rendering to their games. In Daylight, this DirectX 11-powered effect increases the precision and image quality of depth of field blurring, and applies stylistic Bokeh blurring to out of focus lights.

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NVDOF adds several distinct, developer-defined Bokeh blurs to this scene, as our interactive comparison demonstrates, and increases the precision of depth of field effects in the periphery.

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In this comparison, Zombie Studios utilizes NVDOF to add a highly stylized out of focus blur to the spooky forest that awaits the game’s protagonist.

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Our final comparison highlights NVDOF’s high-precision depth of field blur, which creates a considerably clearer scene that only features blurring in developer-specified areas.

Daylight: 4K Gaming Ready

As part of our commitment to next-gen 3840x2160 “4K Gaming”, we’ve worked with Daylight’s developers to enable native support for 4K in their horror game, giving 4K gamers and Downsampling fans a flawless experience at the highly-detailed resolution. Below, you’ll find several 4K screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

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GeForce Experience: Optimal Playable Settings With A Single Click

The best way to automatically configure and apply Daylight’s game settings for your specific system configuration is through GeForce Experience, an invaluable tool for all GeForce GTX users.

Daylight - Optimize with a single click in GeForce Experience

In addition to optimizing over 150 games, the free GeForce Experience application can automatically update drivers and profiles, record gameplay with ShadowPlay, and can wirelessly stream PC games, including Daylight, to NVIDIA SHIELD, the ultimate gaming and entertainment handheld.

Taking into account your GPU and CPU, as well as many additional factors, GeForce Experience’s game recommendations can be applied with a single click, and will be updated over time should developer patches and NVIDIA drivers improve performance further still. This one-click solution is perfect for gamers who wish to play instead of fiddling, and for those with little experience in configuring settings for an optimal experience.

Conclusion

With the implementation of GPU PhysX, NVIDIA HBAO+, and NVIDIA NVDOF, Zombie Studios has crafted the most technologically advanced horror game on PC. Procedurally generated, Daylight offers new frights each playthrough, making it the perfect game for fans of the horror genre.

If Daylight sounds like your kind of game, it's available now on Steam.

Note: To enable SLI in Daylight, update to the latest NVIDIA WHQL or beta driver, ensure 'Game and program profiles' is ticked in the 'Updates' section of GeForce Experience, and then click the 'Check for updates' button to download the profile.

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