|From DailyTech: Owners of NVIDIA branded video cards have waited for a while now for the company to announce its PhysX enabled drivers that will allow higher-end video cards to process physics on the GPU. Today NVIDIA officially announced the drivers that enable PhysX technology -- free on any GeForce eight series or higher GPU.
NVIDIA says that by integrating PhysX technology into its GeForce eight series video cards, game designers can now build more compelling and realistic game environments with components like water and smoke that react as they would in the real world. NVIDIA says that its PhysX technology is already being used in more than 140 shipping titles on the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. The GeForce Power Pack released today now activates PhysX on the PC platform.
In addition to the driver that activates PhysX on eight series GPU's, the GeForce power pack also includes free demos and applications that take advantage of PhysX on the GPU. NVIDIA claims that the GPU can handle 10 to 20 times more visual complexity than what is possible on today's traditional PC platforms using the CPU.
NVIDIA also says that more than 20 top-tier PC titles are expected before the year-end holiday season that will be PhysX enabled. Owners of eight series GeForce video cards can also get a glimpse of PhysX will bring to the future games with special levels for Unreal Tournament 3 where damage effects greatly enhance gameplay based on PhysX processing.
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