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PhysX

Physics simulation

PhysX Description
PhysX is a proprietary realtime physics engine middleware SDK. PhysX was authored at NovodeX, an ETH Zurich spin-off. In 2004, NovodeX
was acquired by Ageia, and in February 2008, Ageia was acquired by Nvidia.
The term PhysX can also refer to the PPU expansion card designed by Ageia to accelerate PhysX-enabled video games.
Video games supporting hardware acceleration by PhysX can be accelerated by either a PhysX PPU or a CUDA-enabled GeForce GPU (if it has at least 32 cores and a minimum of 256 MB dedicated graphics memory), thus offloading physics calculations from the CPU, allowing it to perform other tasks instead.
Middleware physics engines free game developers from writing their own code which implements classical mechanics (Newtonian physics) to do e.g. soft body dynamics. PhysX is one of the handful of physics engines used in the large majority of today's games.
The PhysX engine and SDK are available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and the Wii. The PhysX SDK is provided to developers for free for both commercial and non-commercial use on Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS and Android platforms. At GDC 2015, Nvidia made PhysX' source code available on GitHub, but requiring registration on the developer.nvidia.com.
The first game to use PhysX was Bet On Soldier: Blood Sport. Nvidia PhysX is part of Nvidia GameWorks.
A list below shows PhysX alternatives which were either selected by us or voted for by users. You can filter this list by tags and platforms

Latest version of PhysX is 9.17.0527 and it was released on 2017-06-29.

PhysX Alternatives

  • OptiX by Nvidia

    Nvidia OptiX (OptiX Application Acceleration Engine) is a general purpose ray tracing API for rendering, baking, collision detection, A.I. queries, etc. OptiX is not a renderer but can implement...

    Latest version of OptiX is 4.0.0 and it was released on 2016-07-25.

    Tags: Nvidia Software, Proprietary Commercial Software For Linux, Proprietary Freeware For Linux, Ray Tracing
  • Nvidia GameWorks by Nvidia

    Nvidia GameWorks is a middleware software suite developed by Nvidia. The Visual FX, PhysX and Optix SDKs provide a wide range of enhancements pre-optimised for Nvidia GPUs. GameWorks is distributed...

    Tags: Middleware For Computer Games, Nvidia Software, Video Game Development Software
  • Gelato by Nvidia Corporation

    Gelato (from Italian language: "Frozen", or "Icecream") is a hardware-accelerated, offline renderer created by graphics card manufacturer Nvidia. It was originally intended for use with its Quadro...

    Latest version of Gelato is 2.2 Release 1 and it was released on May 2008.

    Tags: 3d Rendering Software For Linux, Freeware 3d Graphics Software, Nvidia Software, Proprietary Freeware For Linux
  • nouveau

    nouveau is a free and open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards and the Tegra family of SoCs written by independent software engineers, with minor help from Nvidia employees. The...

    Latest version of nouveau is 1.0.15 and it was released on 2017-04-21,.

    Tags: 3d Graphics Software, Direct Rendering Infrastructure, Free Device Drivers, Free Software Programmed In C, Freedesktoporg, Linux Drivers, Nvidia Software, Software Using The Mit License