Video games have been getting perspective wrong, but now there’s a fix

A digital perspective tweak improves how people judge distance in images and doing this in video games and CGI movies could make them feel more immersive

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24 February 2023

Video still showing the size of a ball in natural and linear perspective

In natural perspective (left), the ball appears slightly larger at the same distance than it does in linear perspective (right)

Robert Pepperell

A way of transforming digital images so they better reflect how our eyes actually see things could make video games seem more realistic.

When you look up at a gigantic moon and try to snap a picture of it, it tends to look far smaller in the photo than you might expect. This is because eyes and brains process images in a different way to cameras and computers.

When representing three-dimensional …

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