Nvidia's secret weapon against ATI?
Nvidia's acquisition of Ageia received little attention a few months ago. So did the following announcement that Nvidia's GeForce 8 series and up would have support for Ageia's PhysX in an upcoming driver release. This driver release is supposedly imminent for the GTX 200 series, and the 8 and 9 series will get its driver shortly thereafter. Although few games support PhysX, it can make a dramatic difference in those that do support it. This PhysX support may make the difference for those looking at a high-end Nvidia card like the GTX 260. The ability to see particles flying all over the place causing collateral damage is a sight to behold. I've turned up the Physics in Crysis to Very High, and I can see a big difference in the explosions onscreen. If more games incorporate PhysX, it could really hurt ATI as gamers will no doubt want to have a card that takes advantage of its capabilities. In the past, you had to buy a card for $149 or more to get PhysX. Soon, all you'll need is an Nvidia card and the correct drivers. It will make more sense for developers to use PhysX, and I'm sure Nvidia will "encourage" them to do so!
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