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Archive for March, 2014

Unreal Engine 4 is now available for developers

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Epic Games has announced, that their highly anticipated Unreal Engine 4 is now available for developers, with a very friendly licensing model (which even includes full C++ source code) – only $19 per month, plus 5% of gross revenue from any commercial product.

Advanced physics system in Unreal Engine 4 is based on PhysX 3 (SDK 3.3 already or very soon, as far as we know), including out-of-the-box integration with APEX Clothing and APEX Destruction modules.

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March 19th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Warface will adopt VisualFX and PhysX effects

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Warface, free-to-play online shooter, powered by CryEngine and developed by Crytek, will soon be enhanced with GPU accelerated PhysX and VisualFX effects – according to NVIDIA.

PhysX (APEX) Particles module will be used for impact debris effects on “concrete, grass, soil, wood, sand and the like” surfaces, while NVIDIA (APEX) Turbulence module will provide “simulation and rendering of physically correct smoke, dust and other fluid dynamics effects“. As the result:

Engine exhaust, smoke from explosions, dust from falling debris and spinning helicopter rotors can interact with the rest of the environment, both static and dynamic. Combined with PhysX particles, Turbulence provides a 1-2 punch of dynamism and realism.

As interesting note, it seems that NVIDIA as expanding the strategy of providing GPU accelerated PhysX effects in titles without native (core-physics) PhysX SDK integration, which potentially means that they can be adopted by any game or engine. Combined new core-PhysX integrations (such as UE4 with default PhysX 3, Clothing and Destruction implementation), such strategy can yield positive results on the amount of GPU PhysX titles.

Written by Zogrim

March 19th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Unity 5 announced, incorporates PhysX SDK 3.3

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Unity Technologies has announced new version of their popular Unity game engine – Unity 5.

Among other features, Unity 5 will include a radical update for the built-in physics engine, as the current (and rather old) PhysX SDK 2.8.3 will be replaced with latest PhysX 3.3

In comparison to PhysX 2.8 branch, PhysX 3 will bring a significant performance improvements and a broad amount of new features, such as advanced vehicle module, new cloth solver, reworked scene queries and CCD systems, full multi-threading support, etc.

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March 18th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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