Nvidia has recently uploaded APEX
related presentation called 'APEX : Creating scalable immersive game environments
' from their SIGGRAPH 2010
sponsored sessions list.
Usual overview of APEX
framework and current modules (like Destruction and Clothing), which are already familiar to us from past GDC10
sessions, is followed by topic never described in detail previously ' Scalability and LOD
features inside APEX
(starts at 32:55).
In general, it's devided into two components ' scalable parameters
for each of the modules (like number of particles or cloth vertices), that can be adjusted during authoring to fit into platform computing capabilities..
..and dynamic LOD system
, that manages resources destribution between actors and modules, based on current situation and resources budget (for example, clothing on character closer to the camera will be simulated with higher fidelity).
Now, as we know almost everything about APEX
, we just need to wait until it will be released to public (standalone, or integrated into popular engines like UE3).