We’ve all been there: trying to play a game when it’s sunny, but we’re unable to see anything on the screen. It’s possibly the most annoying thing about current games, and there doesn’t seem to be an adequate solution.
Until now. Apical, a UK startup, have developed some truly mindblowing technology known as Assertive Display. It “adapts gameplay to actual viewing conditions in real time to enhance the gaming experience.” In other words, it makes games playable in typically unplayable conditions. The video above shows off a demo Apical’s put together, and the difference that Assertive Display makes is nothing short of remarkable.
Although it may seem that the screen brightness has been pumped up, that’s not what’s happening at all. Instead, they’re combining real-time individual pixel processing algorithms with ambient light sensors, which allows for perfect gaming in all viewing conditions.
We’ve actually seen Assertive Display in person (disclosure: the author knows Apical employees), and it really is revolutionary. It’s hands down one of the most exciting things we’ve seen for the future of gaming, and hopefully we’ll be seeing it soon. The technology is already in Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors, and with any luck we’ll be seeing it on home consoles as well soon.