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PhysX By nVidia: A New Era of Gaming? - PCstats.com PhysX By nVidia: A New Era of Gaming?
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Remember 3dfx? They pioneered the first hardware-accelerated 3d cards for PC games (an area which nVidia now dominates). At one time, 3dfx's Voodoo cards were in the same position as Ageia's PhysX boards. It was difficult for the average PC user to justify a $250 purchase for a cards that used a proprietary API and supported only a handful of games. For the hardcore gamers, these cards were a no-brainer because they transformed the PC into a legitimate gaming platform. As PC games have become more realistic and complicated, there has been a need for advanced processing of physics. A dedicated processor for game physics allow developers to have more particles and more life-like explosions and realistic damage calculations.
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