NVIDIA GPU PhysX Pack Preview

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News Posted: Wed, Aug 6 2008 9:17 AM

Physics: as geeks, we just have to love the subject. We loved learning about geniuses like Isaac Newton and concepts like gravity, acceleration and inertia. Also, typical of geeks, we love gaming. So, combining physics acceleration and gaming just sounds like a really cool idea. For the past several years, we've been learning more and more about physics in gaming in the form of PhysX, a technology created by a company called Ageia. The original approach to PhysX by Ageia was a dedicated PhysX card that sported a PPU (physics processing unit). Ageia partnered with companies like BFG and ASUS to bring the PhysX cards to market. We actually reviewed the BFG version here in the HotHardware labs over two years ago. The entire real-time, in-game physics landscape has changed quite a bit since that time, however. With NVIDIA's relatively recent acquisition of Ageia, we all knew it was only a matter of time before we'd see some kind of announcement or launch detailing what NVIDIA's plans were with the PhysX technology...

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warlord replied on Wed, Aug 6 2008 3:28 PM

Where is Farcry2 or Crysis Warhead support or any of the relavent triple A Titles. Unreal tournament 3 being really the only title on that list i played it just doesn't have staying power yet. I hope to see that change in the next 2 years as game designers will start actively persueing this new tech now that there is a little better saturation with nvidia owning the tech and it being in current gen hardware.

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shanewu replied on Wed, Aug 6 2008 3:52 PM
It seems like this type of announcement will only help increase the support for bigger titles.

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I agree. With nvidia owning them there should be much more money thrown in to the game. Also were do I get this physx pack? I have the drivers already.
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shanewu replied on Thu, Aug 7 2008 10:57 AM
My understanding is that it will be available next week sometime.

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