Planetside 2 jumps on the PhysX trailer bandwagon

Friday, 22nd March 2013 00:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PhysX is amazing, but the trailers showing off how it works are kind of hilarious. In this one, an Nvidia engineer discusses the “pretty epic effect” the middleware brings to such mundane acts as, oh, blowing up tanks in Planetside 2.

This is our second peek at how PhysX looks in the shooter MMO. PhysX is best known as one of those logos you hammer past on the way to the actual game; it’s used in a huge number of games. This recent Warframe demo shows off how it brings colour to the sci fi shooter.

PhysX is on the way to PS4 and almost certainly Durango, too, along with a number of middleware solutions and engines.

Thanks, ZakIslam.



  1. melonbuster1

    Sucks that no console wanted to use they’re gpu lol

    #1 2 years ago
  2. spoffle

    I wish journalists would educate themselves a bit on these sort of topics.

    PhysX isn’t used in a huge number of games the way it’s implied.

    There’s 2 versions of PhysX basically. One that uses the GPU thus requires an nVidia GPU. This version, barely any games use and this isn’t what will be coming to the PS4. Any games on the PC that have GPU PhysX as an option are purposefully not optimised so that it either runs really badly if you don’t have an nVidia GPU, or the physics with PhysX off are very bland and boring to falsely exaggerate the difference that GPU PhysX makes. Pretty much all GPU PhysX games have really poor basic physics with PhysX turned off, more so than your standard game to again exaggerate how good PhysX is.

    The other version is CPU PhysX, which makes up over 90% of PhysX tittles. Doesn’t need an nVidia GPU and is devoid of all the fancy effects because, well nVidia don’t want them to be available for CPU usage.

    The sooner PhysX dies and the industry adopts an open hardware physics API the better, and my money is on it being sooner rather than later with the PS4 having the capacity for running general compute tasks on its GPUs. There is no chance that nVidia is giving in and opening up hardware physics to non-nVidia GPUs.

    #2 2 years ago

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