Take-Two's Zelnick says we're ten years from photorealistic games

Take-Two's Zelnick says we're ten years from photorealistic games

The CEO of Grand Theft Auto parent Take-Two Strauss Zelnick has said we're still a decade away from fully photorealistic video games.

Speaking at the USB Global TMT Virtual Conference – as reported by – the exec said that within the next ten years, we'll start to see titles that look "completely realistic," without thinking about any other technological advances that will land in the coming years.

"I'm guessing [Take-Two's] business in ten years looks very different than it does today in the same way that it looks very different today than it did ten years ago when there was no mobile business and no recurrent consumer spending," Zelnick said.

"And I can't quite say what that will involve, but I think what you're going to see is technology will allow our creative folks to do things they've never been able to do before, including make games that look exactly like live-action.

"Some of what we do now looks a lot like live-action, but it's still animation. In 10 years, you'll have the option if you want to make things that look completely realistic, all done inside a computer, never mind all the other advances technology will enable."

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