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Nvidia GPU-Accelerated PhysX Now Available On Linux

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Among various bug-fixes, this version also features support for GPU acceleration on Linux platform (CUDA-capable devices only) and reworked documentation.

Previously it was done on the CPU for Linux gamers which would be a lot slower.

This really excites me as the effect PhysX has in the Borderlands series is pretty cool. Hopefully support will be enable within Borderlands 2 shortly and perhaps we'll have launch day support for Borderlands the pre-sequel.

The updated PhysX SDk can be found here. You can also see the official changelog here.

What are your thoughts?

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KDGNOR 13 October 2014 at 6:04 pm UTC
Cool does it leggy more with it ??
omer666 13 October 2014 at 6:18 pm UTC
How can we benefit from this? Do we only have to wait for devs to implement it?
Do we have something to install?
wleoncio 13 October 2014 at 6:29 pm UTC
And I always imagined PhysX effects were barely noticeable.
MightyTrollzor 13 October 2014 at 6:33 pm UTC
omer666How can we benefit from this? Do we only have to wait for devs to implement it?
Do we have something to install?

right now we don't benefit from that. We'll have to wait for developers to release games with linux ports and physx or wait until games that already have ports can work with it that couldn't before.
So yeah, we have to wait until it gets implemented by the devs. there is a package for it in the arch user repos but it will probably take a few days til the different distributions push the new updated packages to the repositories. It doesn't help us right now- but it will as soon as devs start implementing it.
Belarrius 13 October 2014 at 6:47 pm UTC
Glory to Nvidia!
Ivancillo 13 October 2014 at 7:31 pm UTC
MightyTrollzor
omer666How can we benefit from this? Do we only have to wait for devs to implement it?
Do we have something to install?
right now we don't benefit from that. We'll have to wait for developers to release games with linux ports and physx or wait until games that already have ports can work with it that couldn't before.
So yeah, we have to wait until it gets implemented by the devs. there is a package for it in the arch user repos but it will probably take a few days til the different distributions push the new updated packages to the repositories. It doesn't help us right now- but it will as soon as devs start implementing it.

I remember that Shadowgrounds and Shadowgrounds Survivor titles use it.

It use it in software (CPU) mode. And they're not precisely games that demand GPU force to run on it.

But still a curious example, thought.
Segata Sanshiro 13 October 2014 at 7:39 pm UTC
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This is really good news but I don't really know when we will see the benefits. Would be nice if some devs start updating their games to include it soon. I think this will make up for a lot of the gaps in performance between Windows and Linux versions.

It's kind of sad to say, but this is just another reason now to not get an AMD card on Linux... I hope they start catching up soon because some more competition and choice would be nice.
Armand Raynal 13 October 2014 at 8:12 pm UTC
I'm not sur 'Linux Gamers' should be happy to see a new proprietary software as 'privative' as this one.

PshysX is a shame, it's truly an argue to NOT buy an nVdia card.

It's well nown, we could do all what whysX do with OpenCL. And better. On a lot more games. And for every one, not just for nVidia's card owner.

I wonder how some people can love GNU/linux and be happy to see soft like physX appear on it.
sev 13 October 2014 at 8:34 pm UTC
I do not need all the ssoftware on my Linux rig to be free, especially in gaming. If NVidia wants to keep PhysX and their drivers closed source, so be it, as long as they continue to support Linux...which so far they have done fairly well (better than AMD/ATI anyway). So I'm happy about this news.
EKRboi 13 October 2014 at 9:03 pm UTC
Armand RaynalI wonder how some people can love GNU/linux and be happy to see soft like physX appear on it.

Because even if we don't like closed standards, the other more used platforms don't care and if a developer decides to use PhysX I want it to work as it's suppose to. I don't care if a game uses PhysX or another more open physics engine like Havok or Bullet. What I care about is that there are games coming to Linux NOW that were already programed to use it and we have been limited in it's implementation due to not having GPU enabled PhysX. I DO have the hardware for it, so I would like it to work.

PhysX isn't used a ton, but when you are accustomed to having it in a game such as Borderlands 2 and that game comes to Linux missing it, it's noticeable and missed. Not all games even use it to an extent that not having it makes much/if any noticeable difference. The Borderlands franchise is not one of those though. Could be why even with low PhysX in Borderlands 2 on Linux it is not up to snuff performance wise (in my case) compared to windows where it offloads all the PhysX to my 1st and/or 2nd GPU.

I'm all for open standards, but we are talking about gaming here... unless you ONLY play open source games, it's all closed off and proprietary. I think it would be great to run the Nouveau drivers too, but it's not really an option for an Nvidia gamer on linux and I don't consider AMD/ATI even a remote possibility personally. I run AMD processors, but their GPU's just are not up to snuff IMO. Even if they kind of compete on a benchmark level their TDP's and heat output are off the charts. It's not a good sign when you start having to ship your GPU's with a built in water cooling solution. Should that ever change I may consider it.. but I'm not seeing it happen anytime soon.
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