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GPU PhysX in Metro: Last Light

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Metro: Last Light, a post-apocalyptic first person shooter with survival horror elements, is joining the family of PhysX enabled titles by offering a support for GPU accelerated physics effects.

Update: Metro Last Light PhysX Benchmarks roundup

Update #2: Metro: Last Light – GPU PhysX Profile

First game in the series – Metro 2033 – was also featuring a GPU PhysX content, however, it was limited to basic particle effects.

Was the Last Light able to improve the results of its predecessor? Let’s find out.

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Written by Zogrim

May 24th, 2013 at 10:54 am

Metro Last Light: GPU PhysX effects explored

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More or less detailed information on GPU PhysX support level in the upcoming Metro: Last Light title was revealed today in the “Metro: Last Light Graphics Breakdown & Performance Guide” article by NVIDIA.

Update: GPU PhysX in Metro: Last Light

Similar to the previous Metro 2033 game, Last Light features two levels of PhysX integration – standart, CPU based physics calculations like rigid body physics and ragdolls, working on all platforms from PC to consoles, and extra, so called “Advanced PhysX” effects, designed to be accelerated on the GPU.

According to the article, advanced physics effects will include:

  • Physically simulated particles such as impact debris, sparks, extra chunks from destructible objects and other types of environmental particles.
  • SPH based smoke and fog simulation, that reacts to players movements and actions. With the advanced physics disabled, players will see only pre-backed non-interactive animation instead of real-time simulation.
  • Interactive cloth objects, such as banners, flags and drapes. Yet again, without advanced PhysX option enabled, most cloth will remain pre-animated or static.
  • Dynamic forcefields, such as shockwaves from grenade explosions, that will affect all types of the PhysX effects decribed above, for example, repell all nearby particles and rigid bodies upon detonation.

Looks solid and it seems that PhysX effects in Last Light will end up being more vibrant and diverse than in previous Metro title.

As always, you can expect full PhysX review here on PhysXInfo.com short after Metro: Last Light release, which will happen this week.

Written by Zogrim

May 13th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Hawken Open Beta: update on GPU PhysX support

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Online first-person mech shooter Hawken, that may be already familiar to our readers, has reached the Open Beta state this week (whilst release date has been delayed).

Update: Hawken – official PhysX trailer

Update #2: full GPU PhysX support will be enabled in March 5 update

Update #3: GPU PhysX in Hawken – review and benchmarks

What kind of PhysX content current Beta has to offer ? Let’s find out.

Hawken still contains only physical particle PhysX effects, however, they have recieved a noticable overhaul over a recent month. APEX Turbulence based simulations were postponed as it was decided to give them a few rounds of additional polishing. Finally, APEX Destruction module and destructible environments will be added to the game in early 2013.

Current set of PhysX Particles includes following effects:

  • Particles from explosions and impact debris (pieces of concrete, strips of metal, etc).
  • Small parts and chunks flying off on weapon impacts on mechs.
  • Additional debris generated as mech walks, dashes or lands.
  • Forcefields (from explosions and moving mechs) to push around any ambient PhysX particles.

In overall, particle effects are done well, they are pretty intense (battlefield will be covered with chunks and debris in just a few seconds after first machine gun bursts) and are adding a certain amount of juice to the visual look of the game. We can name only one flaw – particle effects lack variety, a little.

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Written by Zogrim

December 15th, 2012 at 3:09 am

Comparison PhysX screenshots for Borderlands 2

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Alongside with previously released comparison PhysX video, a set of comparison screenshots in now available for Borderlands 2 title.

You can find comparison screenshots, comparison video and additional information at Borderlands 2 – GPU PhysX Profile page.

Written by Zogrim

October 3rd, 2012 at 2:26 am

Comparison PhysX screenshots for Batman: Arkham City

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We have added a set of comparison PhysX screenshots for Batman: Arkham City, which in pair with previously released comparison video are completing our GPU PhysX Profile for this title.

You can view comparison screenshots, video and additional info at Batman: Arkham City – GPU PhysX Profile page.

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December 18th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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What to expect from GPU PhysX in Batman: Arkham City ?

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Batman: Arkham City tests the patience of PC gamers with several release delays, but will try to wheedle them with DX 11 Graphics and PhysX Technology.

Update: GPU PhysX in Batman: Arkham City - review and comparison video.

Recent comparison trailer gave us a glimpse of extra physics effects, and now we want to provide you with some additional details on what to expect from GPU PhysX content. In addition, new comparison PhysX video was released as well.

As usually, it will be possible to adjust level of in-game physics via “Hardware Accelerated PhysX” option in game’s launcher. There will be three settings:

PhysX Off: all GPU accelerated effects are disabled, only standart CPU physics (like ragdolls) is used.

PhysX Normal: enables additional particles effects (debris, volumetric smoke and steam, etc) and destructible environments.

PhysX High: includes all effects enabled withing “Normal” settings as well as realtime cloth and clothing simulation.

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Written by Zogrim

November 18th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

GPU Rigid Bodies in pictures

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Recently, we got a chance to lay our hands on a bunch of high-resolution, never-seen-before screenhots from Art Gallery demo – it was used by NVIDIA to demonstrate APEX Destruction capabilities at GDC 2011.

For you viewing pleasure.

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November 6th, 2011 at 1:32 am

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First screenshots showcasing GPU PhysX in Batman: Arkham City

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At Gamescom 2011,  Rocksteady Studios have released a new set of screenshots, featuring new “Mr. Freeze” foe, for higly-anticipated Batman: Arkham City. Previous game, Batman: Arkham Asylum, was one of the best titles with GPU PhysX support, and sequel is promised to support PhysX feature too, as well as DX11 and tesselation.

However, attentive user may notice that some of those screenshots are already containing GPU PhysX effects. Let’s take a closer look:

Description for this screenshot at GeForce.com states “Broken shards of ice will really pop out with PhysX enabled”. Looks similar to APEX Destruction effects we saw in other GPU PhysX games.

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August 18th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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Mafia II: PhysX screenshots set

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In recent days, some websites have revealed new visual content from Mafia II title, and suprisingly, certain amount of screenhots is from PC version, with additional APEX/PhysX effects enabled.

We formed a gallery from most demonstrable of them, and here is the result:

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August 2nd, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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Mafia II: GPU PhysX screenshots

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GPU PhysX support in Mafia II, highly anticipated mobster crime drama from 2K Czech, is not a secret for certain time, and recently official press-release, along with three new screenhots, were revealed.

The integration of PhysX and NVIDIA APEX technology, including the APEX Clothing and Particle modules, enable the city and personalities of Empire Bay to truly come alive on Windows PC. The NVIDIA APEX Clothing module allows for more dynamic movement in clothing, making in-game characters even more realistic and reactive to environmental conditions.

With the implementation of NVIDIA APEX Particles, players are engulfed in lifelike explosions that are bigger and brighter, including weapon fragments, in-game debris and destructible environments that are amplified in both quantity and realism through the integration of APEX Particles. For example, a pistol fired into a glass pane will emit hundreds of glass shards; a shotgun blasted through a wooden landing will splinter the wood; and a Tommy Gun will chip into a brick or stone wall to methodically fracture and break it into pieces.

An addition to hardware accelerated PhysX content, PC version of Mafia II will feature 3D Vision support. Mafia II will be available in North America on August 24, 2010, and internationally on August 27, 2010.

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Written by Zogrim

May 19th, 2010 at 8:22 am

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