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Nvidia GPUs Could Use AI to Power Next-Gen HairWorks Models in Future Games

July 5, 2018

Researchers from the University of South California, Pinscreen, and Microsoft have developed a hair rendering technique powered by deep learning. This neural network can render 3D hair models from only a 2D reference image, and is the first of its kind to work in real-time.

If you’ve ever turned on Nvidia’s HairWorks in games such as The Witcher 3 or Final Fantasy XV, you may well have noticed your in-game performance drops significantly – even if it’s just Geralt’s lovely mop on the screen. Rendering a couple hundred thousand individual strands of hair is no walk in the park.

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