Truth be told. Many games are already looking rather realistic in terms of visual quality and physics. Looking at the work of Rockstar Games and what they did with GTA V or Red Dead Redemption 2 dates years back but is still a milestone of video game graphics.
So what would need to the done to a game to make it look like reality? In some areas, you have to make sure that textures, physics, and shadows appear right. Of course you need to make sure people, animal, and the general surrounding seems real as well. But in addition to that, you also need to reduce some of the digital fidelity because digital is sometimes brighter or let’s say more vivid than reality.
Here’s a great video by Two Minute Papers about the work of Stephan R. Richter, Hassan Abu Alhaija, and Vladlen Koltun on the subject of “Enhancing Photorealism Enhancement.” I hope you find that interesting. Enjoy!
YouTube: A Video Game That Looks Like Reality!
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