Nvidia brings PhysX processing to the Wii

By on March 19, 2009, 5:47 PM
Following a similar announcement for the PlayStation 3 two days ago, Nvidia has revealed that it has been approved as a third-party tools solution provider for the Wii console as well. As a result, their PhysX technology software development kit (SDK) is now available at no extra cost to registered Wii developers – this consist of an API and physics engine to bring more realistic game environments to consoles and let developers generate real-time effects previews for their games.

Nvidia typically touts the performance of PhysX on its graphics chips but, in the case of game consoles, the physics processing is done by the CPU. The PlayStation 3 is considerably more powerful than the Wii, but Nintendo’s Wiimote is highly based on physics already so it should be interesting to see where this goes.




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9Nails said:
A bit like bringing "Power Wheels" to the Indy 500, isn't it? I mean, the Wii, has only a bit more processing power than an iPhone right? Like 100 Mhz more. This just seems silly unless you're a developer making Plachinco Deluxe or something.
mattfrompa said:
The Wii has a single core 729mhz processor. I am unsure how much the processor is being strained right now, because Nintendo used advanced components to allow the system to be left on 24/7 without the fan on when in standby mode, to utilize wiiconnect 24. They did sacrifice processing power, although I think at least some of what Nvidia has to offer could help the Wii. I wouldn't expect anything to change with what happens on the video card though, since it is a custom ATI card.
Sunny87 said:
[b]Originally posted by 9Nails:[/b][quote]A bit like bringing "Power Wheels" to the Indy 500, isn't it? I mean, the Wii, has only a bit more processing power than an iPhone right? Like 100 Mhz more. This just seems silly unless you're a developer making Plachinco Deluxe or something.[/quote]Pfft you clearly don't understand CPU's if you still measure them in Mhz there are other factors as to why the Wii is more powerful than the Iphone mate even if the Iphone ran at 829Mhz and the Wii ran at 729Hmz the Wii would still have more power, it's like saying a Intel Celeron at 3.0Ghz would out perform a Intel P4 running at 2.5Ghz there are other factors at play here.Back on topic I think this could be interesting for the hardcore gamer market that I believe Nintendo needs to get back as I feel they have alienated there hardcore fan base.
x darthmonkey x said:
I don't think Nintendo wants their hardcore fanbase anymore, to be totally honest... they're making more money off the "normal" person now with the Wii than they ever made off the hardcore gamer demographic.
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