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All the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games use the X-Ray engine, though different versions of it.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of ChernobylEdit

Lightning settings: Can be set from "Static Lightning" to "Full Dynamic Lightning". Static Lightning uses a DX 8 render, whilst "Object Dynamic Lightning use DX 9 and DX9.0c respectively. Very taxing option, but also has a big effect on image quality and in-game atmosphere and realism.

Resolution: Choose your maximum screen resolution. Only go lower if the extra frame rates are badly needed.

Quality Preset: From minimum to maximum. Big impact on image quality and frames per second.

Advanced:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear SkyEdit

Clear Sky uses X-Ray version 1.5.

Lightning settings: Can be set from "Static Lightning" to "Enhanced Full Dynamic Lightning (DX10)". Static Lightning uses a DX 8 render, whilst "Object Dynamic Lightning use DX 9 and DX9.0c respectively. Enhanced Full Dynamic Lightning uses practically all the DX9 features, including even better shadows and soft water. The DX10 version adds even better shadow quality, better HDR, Dynamic rainmaps and volumetric smoke. Very taxing option, but also has a big effect on image quality and in-game atmosphere and realism.

Resolution: Choose your maximum screen resolution. Only go lower if the extra frame rates are badly needed.

Quality Preset: From minimum to maximum. Big impact on image quality and frames per second.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of PripyatEdit

Call of Pripyat uses X-Ray version 1.6. It adds DX11 support which means all the features of DX10 including Tesselation and contact hardening shadows.

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