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Archive for March 1st, 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution will use APEX Clothing ?

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Autodesk has updated full line of their products with new 2012 versions, and browsing through the website we’ve noticed something very interesting in feature video called “New Simulation Options” for Maya 2012.

Update: Release version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is not using any PhysX/APEX tech. Probably, Adam character was used just as example.

A character, very similar to Adam Jensen from upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution game, was used to showcase clothing simulation via APEX Clothing integration.

Does this mean that Deus Ex: Human Revolution will use APEX Clothing module, or maybe even support GPU PhysX acceleration ? As you may remember, hardware PhysX support for Mafia II was spoiled in absolutely same manner.

What do you think ? Tell us in comments.

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March 1st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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3ds Max 2012 announced officially

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Autodesk has officially announced 3ds Max 2012 and 3ds Max Design 2012 – 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing packages.

New set of 3ds Max products introduces first module of unified MassFX simulation system – mRigids rigid body dynamics.

Update: 3ds Max 2012 released – MassFX system overview

With mRigids, you can leverage the multi-threaded NVIDIA® PhysX® engine to create compelling, dynamic rigid-body simulations directly in the 3ds Max viewport. mRigids supports static, dynamic, and kinematic rigid bodies (the latter for rag doll simulations), and a number of constraints: Rigid, Slide, Hinge, Twist, Universal, Ball & Socket, and Gear.

MassFX system is based on PhysX plug-in for 3ds Max, and will replace existing Reactor physics engine.

We’ve already reviewed some sneak-peek videos of MassFX and spotted certain vital features – convex decomposition ans substeps control.

In addition, new Maya 2012 is also including PhysX plug-in as part of standart package.

New Simulation Options — Incorporates the multithreaded NVIDIA PhysX engine for static, dynamic and kinematic rigid-body simulations directly in the Maya viewport. The PhysX plug-in also includes kinematic ragdoll simulations and APEX Clothing.

Written by Zogrim

March 1st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

GDC 2011: Epic Games announces DX 11 and NVIDIA APEX integration with Unreal Engine 3

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NVIDIA and Epic Games are teaming up this week at Game Developers Conference to showcase latest additions to Unreal Engine 3, like DX 11 support and NVIDIA APEX Framework integration.

“Thanks to NVIDIA’s excellent cross-platform physics technologies and DX11 expertise, we have enhanced Unreal Engine 3 to bring unprecedented new levels of realism and demonstrate what the next generation of gaming will be,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games.

Alpha and beta versions of certain APEX modules were used in UE3 based games previously (Dark Void and Batman Arkham Asylum), but now full APEX toolset will be available to all UE3 licensees and UDK users as well, and can be used to create high-fidelity physics content (character clothing, for example) even in CPU PhysX and console games.

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Written by Zogrim

March 1st, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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New MassFX video showcases convex decomposition feature

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Autodesk has released another sneak-peek video of MassFX – PhysX SDK (and PhysX plug-in) based physics simulation system for XBR (namely 3ds Max 2012).

Previous video has showed us that substeps control will be included, and this one reveals another interesting feature – composite physical mesh type (previously spotted only in internal versions of PhysX plug-in).

In this case, user will be able to decompose concave mesh (not supported by PhysX SDK natively) into convex pieces, using built-in algorithm, and simulate it as one physical object.

Now, with both convex decomposition and substeps control features MassFX may show itself as pretty effective tool, at least for rigid body simulations.

Written by Zogrim

March 1st, 2011 at 2:15 am

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