Ageia PhysX: First Look

by Greg King on May 5, 2006 in Graphics & Displays

Ageia’s PhysX started out as a killer concept but now that concept is reality. Today we take a look at that reality and touch on what it offers and what it will offer in the future.

Page 2 – Games and Demos

Cell Factor

This demo was first showed to the public at large at the GDC.  This is a futuristic FPS with the greatest draw being the vast amount of objects that you can interact with on the screen at once.  You are able to “push” around dozens of objects at a time and when there is an explosion, everything in the damage radius is affected just as one would expect.  The PPU can process the right direction and trajectory of each object affected by an explosion, push or shot.  It truly is something to behold.  This is a demo that was developed with the PhysX card in mind and it’s not to hard to believe that it cannot be played at all without the PhysX card installed.

There will be more on Cell Factor in the coming, in-depth review of the Ageia PhysX PPU.

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

GRAW has been around for a while on the XBOX 360 platform.  The game looks stunning on the 360 but is highly anticipated for the PC as it fully takes advantage of the PhysX PPU with both software and hardware.  The game was designed with the PPU in mind so with the PPU enabled; you should see a lot more detail when explosions take place.  This game can be played with or without the PhysX PPU but obviously, the extra details will not be there when played without the PPU.

This also will be covered more in depth once we have the software in-house to play with as well as test with the PPU enabled and disabled to compare between the two.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends

RoN is one of those games where you ask yourself “how did I ever get by without this game?”  This is my reaction every time I play a game or two of “Conquer the World.”  This is my reaction at least but I would wager that most people feel the same way.  Shortly after Big Huge released the expansion pack for RoN, we started hearing rumors of another new game with a completely different storyline.  This turned out to be Rise of Legends and is about technology versus magic.  I for one am stoked with this storyline and cannot wait to get my hands on this game.  RoN: RoL launches on the 10th of this month, which is only 5 days away.  Rest assured that we will have this game and will be pushing it through its paces with the PhysX PPU.  Stay tuned for our results.

This is another title that we are waiting to be released.  On next Wednesday this title will drop so check back with us soon and we will let you all know just how well it takes advantage of what the PhysX PPU has to offer.

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