Release day for PhysX Pack
"Named the 'Force Within' pack, available now to download, pack offers Physics support to Geforce 8 and higher cards"
Published: 12th August 2008 | Source: Nvidia |
Nvidia's 'Force Within' download now live
With a flashy new microsite to herald the launch of Nvidia's new PhysX Enabled pack, Nividia are promising some exciting new features and performance improvements.
The official press release:
Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to “feel” as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customised physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience. To deliver this level of interactivity, developers are rapidly taking advantage of NVIDIA® PhysX™ technology, interactive entertainment’s most pervasive physics engine, already used in more than 140 shipping titles for Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. With today’s release of the GeForce Power Pack, a compilation of games, demos, and mod packs for the PC platform that is available for free at www.nvidia.co.uk/forcewithin, NVIDIA is now bringing this new depth of gameplay to PC gamers everywhere.Available from www.nvidia.co.uk/forcewithin, the PhysX-enabled content from the GeForce Experience Pack includes the new Physix enabled drivers, plus:
- Warmonger—Full free game! Destroy walls, floors, and whole buildings to open up new paths or close existing ones.
- Destructive power is more than eye candy here—it’s a tactical weapon in this ground-breaking action game.
- Unreal Tournament 3 PhysX Mod Pack—includes three maps with amazing effects that fundamentally change the gameplay
- A sneak peek at the upcoming Nurien social networking service, based on the Unreal Engine 3 (with built-in benchmark)
- A sneak peek at the upcoming game Metal Knight Zero (with built-in benchmark)
- All new NVIDIA “The Great Kulu” tech demo that showcases the use of PhysX soft bodies in a real game play environment
- All new NVIDIA “Fluid” tech demo—a simulation of realistic fluid effects with a variety of liquids
By installing these drivers, GeForce owners immediately experience much higher levels of interactivity, special effects and realism on their gaming platforms. In addition, GeForce owners will love being able to run PhysX-accelerated applications faster on their GeForce GPU than on competitive GPUs. For example, in the GPU physics-enabled levels of Unreal Tournament 3, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ runs 180% faster than on the AMD Radeon HD 4850.
“The use of physics in games is highly effective in enabling new levels of interactivity and gameplay options. Gearbox is excited about these developments and we are rapidly finding new ways to use NVIDIA PhysX to improve the game’s immersive feel and overall excitement factor,” said Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software. “The addition of GPU acceleration allows us to add even more effects whilst maintaining great performance. Gearbox titles, including Borderlands and others, will feature increased use of PhysX and we look forward to developing more with the support of NVIDIA.”
“Seeing really is believing and is the reason why we compiled all of this great PhysX content into a free download for our end users,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager for GeForce GPUs at NVIDIA. “We want GeForce owners to experience for themselves these amazing effects to get an idea how GPU PhysX will make games much more lifelike in the years to come. Physics-accelerated content is already here, and there’s a ton more titles on the way. We can’t wait for them to jump in, get wet, and tell us what they think!”