GTA IV on 220 million pixels

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By Gerard | 8th May 2008 at 16:22 GMT in GTA IV | 10 Comments

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Some amazing gaming is being done down at UC San Diego, with the guys there re-engineering their massive HIPerSpace monitor array to play GTA IV. This system has 220 million pixels and is attached to a "graphics super cluster" that relies on eighty NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 GPUs.

220 million pixels is roughly equivalent to a 20480×10800 display, a hundred times bigger than the highest-resolution screens we have these days, and 200 times bigger than hi-definition 1080p.

It doesn't look like they're utilising anything more than 1080p whilst playing GTA IV, and the black gaps between monitors is annoying, but it still looks awesome. Anybody think they can match that?

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Thomas. 8th May, 2008 @ 16:29 - Permalink
Wow, that looks amazing. Seriously it does, I wouldn't mind going to try it out :P
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Spider-Vice 8th May, 2008 @ 16:29 - Permalink
Awesome. GTA IV has AA at... 100? :P
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TM™ 8th May, 2008 @ 16:39 - Permalink
That is fucking amazing, almost like taking Coke for a few hours. :P

But that is fucking amazing, I checked out the other images and one stands out for me:

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GTA Don 8th May, 2008 @ 16:39 - Permalink
It would be useful if there was only one monitor, so it can eliminate those black gaps between the monitors. I can't sight any aliasing issues either. Damn, I wish I had those monitors. I wonder which console they're playing it on.
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EvoLuTioN 8th May, 2008 @ 16:41 - Permalink
80 GPUs! Damn, They must have spent a hell of a lot on that!
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Huckleberry Pie 9th May, 2008 @ 01:08 - Permalink
Woah... Any more and that would be way too overkill...
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WRX22B1998 9th May, 2008 @ 02:16 - Permalink
wowawewo...

how much would all that cost. and how are they playing it. is it a PC version !!

i just thought that cos of the nvidia quadro FX, i dont know any console that would take 80 of them...
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the_dude420 9th May, 2008 @ 05:04 - Permalink
Damn... Id love to pull up a beanbag and veg out in front of those.
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LAur 9th May, 2008 @ 12:29 - Permalink

wowawewo...

how much would all that cost. and how are they playing it. is it a PC version !!

i just thought that cos of the nvidia quadro FX, i dont know any console that would take 80 of them...





yeah, is this on PC ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/
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Gerard 9th May, 2008 @ 13:03 - Permalink
No, this is not a normal console or PC or anything. This is an adapted custom-made system, running over an optical backbone. These guys have built the system to work from the console to the screens, and it aint no normal system.

The game appears to be running on the back of a PS3 (you can see him holding the black SIXAXIS controller), but all the graphics are done by their own separate systems.

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