Games get lifelike

An international team of experts is developing computer chips that will make future computer games far more lifelike as part of a £1.2m project.

The partnership between Glasgow University and the US Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) aims to develop chips that will allow computer game designers to create more complex graphics to enhance players’ experience of computer games. These chips could be available for games manufacturers within three years.

Lead researcher at the Glasgow, Prof Iain Thayne said: ‘A lot of computer games still feel very unrealistic and flat. What gamers want is to develop games that make you feel as though you are part of the synthesised world. It is the silicon chips installed in games consoles which are holding this development back and so by increasing the power of chips a whole new generation of computer games can be launched.’

The new chips could also be used to increase the battery life of mobile phones and digital cameras, as well as increasing the speed of computers and laptops.

Prof Thayne added: ‘By increasing the power of the chips we will pave the way for more advanced and complex electronic gadgets.’

The project is also supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and builds upon research funded by the Scottish Funding Council.