Activision Shows Off Stunning Facial Animation Demo

Activision blew visitors at its GDC 2013 booth away with a stunning new facial expression rendering technology. The technology promises facial expressions on video game characters with a never before seen level of detail. Built using the same source material (light stage, facial-scans, performance) as NVIDIA, in its FaceWorks demo, also on display at GDC, Activision's tech claims to be far more performance-optimized.

While NVIDIA's demo requires the pixel-crunching prowess of a $1000 GeForce GTX TITAN graphics card, Activision's tech was being demonstrated using "two year old laptop hardware." A GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, according to the people behind the demo, should be able to dole out 120 FPS using Activision's tech, at common gaming resolutions (1080p).