1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Unigine Continues Improving Engine Quality

Gaming

Published on 16 November 2012 12:48 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
20 Comments

With Valve's Source Engine now on Linux, Unigine Corp finally has greater competition for the spot of the most demanding and visually impressive game engine native to Linux. At this point it really comes down to a fight between the Source Engine and Unigine Engine with id Tech 5 and Unreal Engine 3 not being natively available.

As of this week, there's also Unity 4.0 for Linux and other game engines coming to Linux, but for the top-spot it's largely a battle between Unigine and Source. Valve at the same time is also working on a new game engine to succeed Source. While the Unigine Engine isn't as widely adopted as the Source Engine nor is the company as well-staffed with as many resources as Valve Software, the Russian-based company is continuing to move forward. A new round of improvements to the Unigine Engine were shared this morning.

One of the big improvements to the Unigine Engine with the latest revision is bettering SSDO. The Screen Space Directional Occlusion (SSDO) within the Unigine Engine has been "tremendously improved" to avoid artifacts and be more physically correct and no more noise for real-time global illumination. At the end of this article are some screenshots with the new Unigine Engine rendering enhancements.

A new import plug-in has also been added to the Unigine development stack for handling COLLADA with its .DAE files. This includes support for mesh geometry, full-node hierarchy, materials, animation, lights, and camera.

Some of the new Unigine renderer improvements include an HDR lens flare, 16x anti-aliasing mode, faster calculation of environment lighting for grass, support for array material parameters, RGB10A2 texture format support for Intel CPUs, and shades of light scattering now blend smoothly rather than color-banding.

Unigine Continues Improving Engine Quality Unigine Continues Improving Engine Quality Unigine Continues Improving Engine Quality

Other new improvements to the Unigine Engine are outlined on the devlog. To much dismay, the Unigine Valley tech demo is still not publicly available...

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Scythe Mugen MAX
  2. Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E On Linux
  3. Intel 80GB 530 Series M.2 SSD On Linux
  4. With A New Motherboard, The Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Lights Up
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Running Fedora 20 On Intel's Core i7 Haswell-E Platform
  2. A Tour Of The New Phoronix Office
  3. 7-Way Linux Desktop Gaming Comparison On Ubuntu 14.10
  4. Intel P-State vs. CPUFreq Benchmarks On The i7-5960X
Latest Linux News
  1. The Gestures Support Of GNOME 3.14
  2. Linux 3.17 Has Basic Support For The Xbox One Controller
  3. openSUSE 13.2 Beta Still Using Btrfs By Default, & KDE Plasma 5 For Testing
  4. GTK+ 3.14 Brings Much Better Wayland Support, Multi-Touch, New Theme
  5. DisplayPort Comes To USB's Type-C Connector
  6. NSS Updated On Ubuntu 12.04/14.04 To Allow Netflix Support
  7. Linux 3.17-rc6 Released; Linux 3.17 Final Might Come In One Week
  8. X.Org Server 1.16.1 Released
  9. Mesa Gets Closer To Having OpenGL 4.0 Tessellation Support
  10. Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd
  2. Wasteland 2 Officially Launched Today, Including For Linux Gamers
  3. NVIDIA GTX 770/780 -works ?
  4. New stress testing utility for GPU's
  5. State of Nouveau now and in the near future?
  6. How to get Catalyst 14.4 working on Ubuntu 14.04
  7. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  8. X.Org Women Outreach Program Only Turns Up Two Applicants So Far