Ooooh, nice Shader...You may have read the news that Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is coming to the PC and, according to the press release, the PC version will feature enhanced graphics and effects to optimize the realistic presentation and explosive action in the game, including better shadows and more detailed textures, as well as higher monitor resolutions.... Well, here’s a chance to see for yourself as, in addition to a load of PC screenshots, we’ve got some comparision shots for you to have a gander at...
Lost Planet for PC will run under Windows XP (supporting DirectX 9) and Windows Vista (supporting both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10.) The DirectX 10 version will utilize the advanced features of Shader model 4.0 and Geometry Shader only available with DirectX 10.
The best way to compare these images is to right click and select ‘Open link in new tab’, do that for both images and then flick between tabs to compare them. So, just so you know what you’re looking for, this first one is the difference in Building and Background Ambient Occlusion. The PC version of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition features XSI Ambient Occlusion, which the Xbox 360 version doesn’t.
And another example of the XSI Ambient Occlusion can be found with these two screens:
And here’s one with insets and close-ups all in one image to make the comparisons easier.
Next up is environmental damage effects, shown here with gatling gun bullet holes... The PC version’s holes are more steric and deeply hollowed than the Xbox 360 version. (Answers on a postcard to the usual address if you know what ‘steric’ means.)
Right, that’s the end of the multi-tabbing as these other screenies are inset already... and this next screen is all about the resolution of the graphical effects... The main picture shows the whole scene whilst the top inset is the PC version in close-up to compare with the lower inset which is the Xbox 360 version in close-up.
Ok, now how about a look at the shadowing, and here, on this side by side screen grab, you can see the PC has much smoother edges to its shadows than the Xbox 360 version.
Check back soon as we’ll be bringing you a load more Lost Planet: Extreme Condition PC screenshots and the gameplay trailer from the game too!