Nvidia destruction tech demo hits GDC, shows a whole city exploding

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 14:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Nvidia has posted its destruction tech demo footage from GDC. It shows an ancient city exploding, sending hundreds of dynamic shards spewing everywhere.

Looks impressive doesn’t it? Imagine Battlefield 4 with this level of carnage. Speaking of which, here’s my thoughts on the Battlefield 4 reveal.

Thanks GamesHQMedia.



  1. deathm00n

    Impressive! But what about characters walking around the debris? Do they have colision? The computer I’m right now doesn’t have sound, can’t see if they talk about the tech in the video…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. kingofscotland

    Looks nice on the surface but there is no weight to the debris and no collision destruction when landing on other debris.

    There is also no structural deformation when the pillars are blown away nothing collapses.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ActionGameKing

    I’ve been seeing mind-blowing tech demos like this for about 2 years now and yet no-one uses the tech in their games. Either this stuff is too expensive or not ready for the market. But games like BF4 should be achieving this level of immersion now though, but I’ll give DICE the benefit of the doubt till I see ‘dat multiplayer’.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    It’s really impressive. These kind of simulations could take many minutes and even hours in dedicated 3d programs. Of course this video use simplified algorithms but still impressive to have that at 30 fps.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. deathgaze

    city != Colosseum

    #5 2 years ago
  6. friendlydave

    Looks pretty like most Nvidia tech demo’s,

    @2 That was my thought after watching it too, the explosions look nice but everything kinda drifts afterwards. Must say the dust looks nice when its falling though

    @3 A lot of stuff shown in tech demo’s is very situational, this is designed to do this and this only, when integrated with other stuff it can be really demanding.

    @5 beat me to it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. spazzwan

    @2 You don’t seem to understand how accurate this simulation of a foam diorama exploding really is…..

    But seriously it does look like an accurate simulation of foam exploding. I love how all the little chunks jiggle into place while it settles.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. minxamo

    Maybe if Nvidia spent less time making the pointless tech demos, they wouldn’t be so far behind AMD

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    Ha what?

    They own 70% of the PC market and a large majority of the mobile market.Have also been turning a profit for the last few quarters where AMD is just scraping by.

    #9 2 years ago

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