NVIDIA Released GeForce Power Pack for PhysX Apps

Available for free from
www.nvidia.com/theforcewithin
, the PhysX-enabled content from this first
GeForce Power Pack includes:

Warmonger—Full free game! Destroy walls, floors,
and whole buildings to open up new paths or close existing ones.

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

Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite
games be depicted as realistic 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 customized 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.com/theforcewithin,
NVIDIA is now bringing this new depth of gameplay to PC gamers everywhere.

On the PC, PhysX technology harnesses the power of any CUDA-enabled
general-purpose parallel computing processor, including any NVIDIA GeForce® 8
Series or higher GPU, to handle 10-20 times more visual complexity than what’s
possible on today’s traditional PC platforms. All of the 80 million plus GeForce
8 Series and higher GPUs in the field are CUDA-enabled, the largest installed
base of general-purpose, parallel-computing processors ever created.

And, unlike competitive solutions which do not offer hardware scaling
capability, only PhysX technology can leverage the best of both CPU and GPU
architectures to deliver the ultimate, immersive, end user experience. Upcoming
PC titles that incorporate PhysX technology include Cryostasis, Backbreaker,
Aliens: Colonial Marines, with close to 20 more PC titles expected before the
year-end holiday seasons.

“Game physics is essential in enabling deeper interactivity and real-world
effects in any game. Epic is pleased to offer PhysX as a standard feature within
Unreal Engine 3 to enable such effects,” said Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic
Games. “The introduction of GPU acceleration for PhysX promises both additional
potential effects and faster performance. You can get a glimpse of the
possibilities of what PhysX is able to do with the special levels for Unreal
Tournament 3 where damage effects greatly enhance the gameplay.”

Starting today, any owner of a GeForce 8 Series or higher GPU can immediately
discover the immersive playability that NVIDIA PhysX technology brings to PC
gaming. This first of many planned “GeForce Power Packs” is a fascinating
showcase of how PhysX technology is fundamentally changing video games and
interactive entertainment.

Available for free from
www.nvidia.com/theforcewithin
, the PhysX-enabled content from this first
GeForce Power Pack includes:

  • 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

In conjunction with the release of the GeForce Power Pack, NVIDIA has also
released new WHQL-certified drivers that enable PhysX acceleration for all
GeForce 8, 9, and GTX 200 Series GPUs. This new driver also adds support for
PhysX-accelerated features in the commercially available Ghost Recon Advanced
Warfighter 2 game.

By installing these drivers, GeForce owners can immediately experience much
higher levels of interactivity, special effects, and realism on their PC. 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 PhysX-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 PhysX will make games much
more lifelike in the years to come. Physics-accelerated content is already here,
and there are a ton more titles on the way. We can’t wait for our customers to
jump in, get wet, and tell us what they think!”

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