While releasing new additions to its GPU series, the green graphics cards manufacturer NVIDIA has issued yet another version of its PhysX System Software, the 8.09.04 WHQL. According to the company, all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series graphics solutions support NVIDIA PhysX acceleration and only a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory is needed for the software to work. Also, the new PhysX release needs the GeForce Driver 177.92, available for Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit) and Vista (32-bit and 64-bit).
The 8.09.04 WHQL release of the PhysX System Software comes with the latest PhysX runtimes used in the newest game titles. It supports the 2.8.1, 2.8.0, 2.7.4, 2.7.3, 2.7.2, 2.7.1, 2.7.0, 2.6.x, 2.5.x, 2.4.x and 2.3.x NVIDIA PhysX runtime engines, as well as PhysX acceleration on GeForce through CUDA 2.0 for SDK versions 2.7.3, 2.7.2, 2.8.0 and 2.8.1 (requires graphics driver 177.81 or later).
The new PhysX software includes support for AGEIA PhysX processors and software runtimes, as there is no change to PPU driver support. There will be a PhysX control panel available after the software is installed, and it can be reached in the Windows Start Menu under NVIDIA Corporation. The Santa Clara company also made available on its site a number of full games and demos which allow users to experience GPU PhysX acceleration. All titles are included in a GeForce Power Pack, and users do not need to download every piece manually.
NVIDIA PhysX Technology has been designed to provide real-time physics in leading edge PC and console games. The delivering of physics is a compute-intensive environment requiring an immense amount of calculations. Today, there are around 150 game titles that have adopted PhysX, and more than 10,000 registered users enjoy it. Also, the software is supported on Sony's Playstation 3, Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PCs. To obtain the maximum physics performance, the software needs to be coupled with an NVIDIA PhysX-ready GeForce processor.
The new version of NVIDIA PhysX System Software can be downloaded from Softpedia.com as well.