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Old 09-24-04, 11:10 PM   #63
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Default Re: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

True, I don't think anyone expects SM3.0 to replace PS2.0 or anything, however due to it's flexibility most developers already using PS2.0 on games will likely use SM3.0 for at least a few effects. The only major feature SM3.0 features that's a huge leap over previous hardware is Displacement Mapping, however that technology won't become very common for some time (probably after the next batch of consoles in fact). Still, it's a nice feature to have on modern cards, if for no other reason than to be more future-proof and have higher resale value in the future (look at the price gap that formed between 9x00 and FX cards after the whole Half-life 2 fiasco).
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