AMD Hangar 21, RDNA 2 flexes muscles in this demo

AMD Hangar 21, RDNA 2 flexes muscles in this demo
The long-awaited technical demo called Hangar 21 has finally been released by AMD. The Sunnyvale-based company showed the capabilities of the new RDNA 2 graphics architecture and FidelityFX in this video designed to show what is possible to achieve with AMD technologies, which are now partially already available in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.

AMD presented the Hangar 21 technical demo in two versions: a simple one that allows you to enjoy the final result obtained by the team and a version including comments explaining which graphics technologies were used, which can be seen below .

The demo was performed thanks to the Radeon RX 6000 video cards (AMD does not specify the model) based on the new RDNA 2 architecture, which includes the so-called Ray Accelerator for the first time in AMD products, and puts highlighting ray tracing functions realized using FidelityFX and Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate API.

“This demo shows how developers can use different methods to reach and the perfect balance of visual fidelity and performance - in rasterization and raytracing. The intelligent combination of different effects, including those present in FidelityFX such as Ambient Occlusion, Screen Space Reflections in addition to DXR reflections, enable a high fidelity demo at a level of performance that would not be possible with raytracing effects alone. AMD in the press release.

To date AMD FidelityFX, of which more information is available on the brand's website, is available in 35 different games including Little Hope, Flight Simulator, Second Extinction, Serious Sam 4, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 and F1 2020.

In conjunction with the presentation of the demo, AMD has published on GPUOpen a collection of new content that can be used by developers to fully exploit all the potential of the RDNA 2 architecture. The new release, which you can find here, includes three new FidelityFX effects, updates to development tools, as well as new tutorials and videos.

The American company also recalls that the Shadowlands expansion of the acclaimed Blizzard World of Warcraft title already supports ray techniques tracing and some improvements made possible by FidelityFX:

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is developed to take advantage of the AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, and is optimized for the ultimate gaming experience offered by the Radeon series graphics cards RX 6800, and supports the following features while traveling through Azeroth and the Shadowlands:

DirectX Raytracing (DXR): thanks to the high performance Ray Accelerators, the and Radeon RX 6800 Series graphics cards are optimized for real-time realism with DXR. FidelityFX Ambient Occlusion: helps dynamically and efficiently improve the appearance of objects based on their exposure to ambient light. You can download the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands ready AMD drivers from the manufacturer's official page.

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