It's been a while coming, but nVidia has finally come good on its promise of bringing PhysX to GeForce graphics cards via CUDA. Launching alongside the new The Force Within scheme, the latest GeForce drivers allow users of 8-series and 9-series cards to dedicate some GPU processing power to adding PHysX effects into compatible games, such as UT3 and Warmonger, without a dedicated card.
While there are a few current games, like Unreal Tournament 3, that use PhysX, Ageia didn't really have much success persuading developers to get on board - on the PC side at least. Luckily nVidia has a much bigger influence, through it’s the Way It's Meant To Be Played scheme, so there's a fair few titles being released in the run up to Christmas that will sport PhysX effects, if you have the right hardware to use them.
Alongside the drivers needed to enable PhysX support, nVidia is also offering up what it calles the GeForce Experience Pack. Included are as follows:
- 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 (requires full version of Unreal Tournament 3)
- 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