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AMD: Developers only use PhysX for the money

Posted on Monday, March 08 2010 @ 18:32:24 CET by

AMD rolled out the next step of its Open Physics initiative today, and told THINQ that most game developers only use NVIDIA's PhysX technology for the money they receive from the green GPU maker.
“They’re not doing it because they want it; they’re doing it because they’re paid to do it. So we have a rather artificial situation at the moment where you see PhysX in games, but it isn’t because the game developer wants it in there.”

In fact, Huddy reckons that no developers outside Epic genuinely wanted to implement GPU-accelerated PhysX in their game. “I’m not aware of any GPU-accelerated PhysX code which is there because the games developer wanted it with the exception of the Unreal stuff,” he says. “I don’t know of any games company that’s actually said ‘you know what, I really want GPU-accelerated PhysX, I’d like to tie myself to Nvidia and that sounds like a great plan.’”

Unsurprisingly, Huddy is very confident in AMD’s open approach to GPU-accelerated physics as an alternative, and thinks that it will eventually force PhysX to join GLide and A3D in the proprietary API museum.


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Re: AMD: Developers only use PhysX for the money
by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 09 2010 @ 04:27:10 CET
Sadly I think more to the point is that not many folks care about physics at all. There is not a ton that is visually stunning about it. Eventually it may become something, but the public is unconvinced at present.

It represents a bullet point on the list of features, which many users notice, but once they have it and see it, they are pretty ho hum about it all.


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