PlayStation 3 developers get free PhysX SDK

Nvidia may be promoting PhysX as a way to sell more GeForces, but the company hasn’t forgotten about the physics application programming interface’s other uses. In fact, Nvidia has announced that it’s struck a deal with Sony to give PlayStation 3 game developers free access to the PhysX software development kit.

As part of the license agreement, the PhysX SDK (in its binary form) is available to “registered PS3 developers for free download and use on the SCEI Developer Network.” Nvidia points out that the free SDK includes both the PhysX application programming interface and a “robust physics engine.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Ageia made a similar announcement almost exactly three years ago, long before the Nvidia acquisition. Back then, Ageia noted that the PlayStation 3 version of the PhysX engine ran on the Cell processor and not the console’s GPU. The PS3 does have an Nvidia graphics chip, but it’s based on a pre-GeForce 8 architecture that presumably lacks CUDA or PhysX support.

The binary SDK has been freely available to PC developers for some time now, too. Folks who want the actual source code have to cough up $50,000 per application.

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    • pogsnet
    • 11 years ago
    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    §[<http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_physxgames_home.html<]§ Already several PS3/360 games using Physx

      • ish718
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah, but I doubt any of those games implemented Physx extensively…

    • ish718
    • 11 years ago

    I can’t imagine the performance hit a PS3 game will take if Physx was implemented, that sht will need the full power of the cell, lol.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    So they just took the word “Ageia” out of the agreement?

    • ClickClick5
    • 11 years ago

    Lol, the PS4 will be very interesting when it comes out.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 11 years ago

      Sony has said the PS3 is powerful enough for it to last 10 years. So there is still 6 more years to go…

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 11 years ago

        Sony said that the PS3 is sophisticated enough to confound developers for 10 years. So there is 6 more years of hair-pulling to go…

        • derFunkenstein
        • 11 years ago

        more like 3.5 years. The PS3 was introduced 6 years into the PS2’s life, and it has a 10-year life span as well (all of Sony’s Playstation products do). So the PS4 comes out 6 years into the PS3’s life.

        • ClickClick5
        • 11 years ago

        10 years….OR until MS releases the next Xbox. You know Sony wont let that slide by.

        Xbox 720….2GB of RAM. PS3….still 512MB.

        I see the PS4 coming in about 2 years, however it will be a moderate upgrade to the PS3. Cell processor, blu ray…. just a different GPU and more RAM.

          • grantmeaname
          • 11 years ago

          did you know that RAM is not the only measure of performance?

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 11 years ago

            More RAM allows bigger worlds, so it seems very important to me.

            Maybe double up everything in the Cell chip, quadrupple the RAM, throw in some new fancy GPU… whats not to like?

            • Vrock
            • 11 years ago

            Sony should dump the cell and make a console that’s easier for developers to code on.

            • ish718
            • 11 years ago

            Thats what I believe as well, grab a more simpler general purpose multi core CPU, but throw in a much more powerful GPU than the RSX at the same time with like 1GB of GDDR5.

          • ish718
          • 11 years ago

          Yea, probably a higher clocked cell with a more powerful GPU and GDDR5 ram. IBM is developing the 4PPU-32SPU cell, but nobody knows if PS3 will use that, there is a possibility though.

        • jstern
        • 11 years ago

        The PS3 came out in November 2006, so it’s more like 7 years 8 months more to go.

          • ssidbroadcast
          • 11 years ago

          but who’s counting, amirite?

            • ClickClick5
            • 11 years ago

            lol, jstern is. But no really, rumors have been spreading and Sony has mentioned that the PS4 will be an upgraded PS3. Sort of what ish718 was talking about. Now that 4:32 would be sick… especially for F@H!

    • wingless
    • 11 years ago

    A PS3.5 is in order with a CUDA-capable GPU upgrade. Make it happen Sony and Nvidia, and I may buy one.

      • CampinCarl
      • 11 years ago

      It better have backwards compatibility with PS and PS2 games.

        • khands
        • 11 years ago

        backwards compatibility with the original PS games is not going to happen, but if they brought back PS2 compatibility I’d be pretty compelled.

          • moose17145
          • 11 years ago

          Why not? They already did it on the PS3 for both PS and PS2 titles, the only reason the PS3 does not have backwards compatibility now is because sony removed the emulator chip in later PS3 models to make it cheaper to manufacture in order to lower the price to make it more competitive with the 360. But the PS3 did originally have backwards compatibility going all the way back to the first PS games.

            • Vrock
            • 11 years ago

            Why not? I think you just answered your own question: cost.

            • Krogoth
            • 11 years ago

            BTW, does the software emulator play most PS2 and PS1 games on the newer PS3s? If that it is the case. It is actually wiser for Sony to cut hardware emulator to reduce cost.

            • lethal
            • 11 years ago

            PS3’s only have software emulation for PS1 titles, for PS2 backward compatibility its either full hardware based BC (First 20g and 60gig PS3s) or hardware + software BC (the one that came after those first two). Newer units don’t have any of the PS2 hardware and don’t have any kind of support for PS2 emulation.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 11 years ago

        I think getting backwards-compatibility with /[

      • Entroper
      • 11 years ago

      I think you’re referring to the PS4. There would be little sense in making major revisions to the hardware when the console is nearly halfway through its lifespan.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      what a poorly thought-out idea. Let’s make some games that will play on some PS3s and not others.

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