Enlighten is the industry's most advanced dynamic lighting technology, delivering real-time global illumination across all gaming platforms.
Global illumination, or indirect lighting, is the biggest contributor to the cinematic quality graphics today's consumers increasingly expect. Delivering global illumination in real-time can be performance intensive and is the most demanding application for today's computing devices.
Enlighten computes the effect of indirect lighting in real-time. By precomputing the surface-to-surface visibility of the static geometry in the scene, compact runtime data is generated and used to compute the global illumination for any lighting configuration or platform. Lights, materials and objects in the scene can be moved and updated at runtime with the global illumination updating in milliseconds.
This runtime technology is designed to interact smoothly with the developer's graphics pipeline and computes industry-standard outputs: light maps, spherical harmonic probes and reflection captures. These are combined with state-of-the-art relighting models during shading to light the world to high quality.