PMDG Preview PBR!


Simulation giant PMDG, has for the first time, previewed one of their aircraft featuring Physically Based Rendering (PBR) techniques, made available in the latest Prepar3D update.

PMDG CEO, Robert Randazzo took to the AVSIM forums to show off their creation, he said: ” Jason has been hard at work revamping the models to accommodate Lockheed Martin’s new “Physics Based Rendering” capability.¬† This has required a significant amount of work, especially since our 747 product line includes 14 different airframes that must each be adjusted to account for the new capability. “

He added: “Quite a bit has been written about how PBR enhances the visual quality of the airplane- and I will admit to having been a bit skeptical that this was something that would really improve the visual quality- but after seeing Jason’s work in the sim, I am a believer.

“The scattering of light and the way it plays off of surfaces of different qualities is really convincing- especially when you see it dynamically within the simulator.

Randazzo explained what it looks like in the sim: “As your viewpoint moves around the airplane, the reflection of surrounding terrain and structures plays off of the surface, even in windows and off of painted surfaces in a way that you wind up almost not noticing- because it looks so “normal” to your eye.

“It is this normality of reflection that really brings the shape and surface of the airplane to life- and the results are simply stunning.

He went on to talk about the updating process: “We are planning to give the PBR updates to our beta team next week- and we anticipate a quick turn from testing to release for all of you.¬† The update will cover the entire 747 product line (744/748) and will push via the PMDG Operations Center once it is available.”

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