Originally Posted by anticommon
They haven't done it yet, but yes. Nvidia should most definitely share the wealth. Or at least make it in some way available to people who have AMD GPU's either through having a secondary nvidia physx card, buying a $5 physx software key, or something just to get it working properly on AMD machines. Either that, or an open source physics engine will eventually come out and solve these problems without letting nvidia have a piece of the cake.
I absolutely agree that PhysX should be opened up to allow AMD cards present in the system, at the bare minimum. It'd help push PhysX use that little bit more.
Originally Posted by Slaughterem
Do you feel that way about Physx also? Should Nvidia have a responsibility to videogamers to do so?
I wasn't aware that PhysX had evolved into a performance boosting API? I thought it was still a performance hogging middle-ware eye candy maker?
Why do people keep bringing PhysX up like it's at all, in a small way, relevant? Because it's something that NVidia has that AMD doesn't? That's a shallow examination of it. In actual fact, it's as I mentioned above, performance hitting and eye candy. Mantle is a boost in performance. PhysX doesn't have the opportunity to enable a performance boost on multiple platforms.
AMD have a responsibility to bring this forward to all because:
a) They have exclusivity over the next gen consoles, which means they will use Mantle and they use AMD hardware. This means that porting to PC will be easier than ever, if using Mantle.
b) They've boasted about being open, using open API's and doing what's best for gamers, regardless of their vendor of choice, for many years. I personally think for them to do the complete opposite, would be a spit in the face to all their customers who embraced them because of this.
c) Mantle is the sort of thing that allows a 7 year old Xbox 360 display Skyrim. We need this on the PC and we shouldn't be limited in options for it.
I'm using AMD in the computer that plays games, so I can use Mantle. But that doesn't mean I want to be locked into AMD for the rest of my gaming time. Also, just looking at it as "free performance boost" is totally ignorant to the reality and the potential of the API. It has the potential to blast open the PC gaming market, enable massive performance boosts (and thus larger, more complicated games and graphics) and free us from Windows as the only gaming choice. All those things outweigh "free performance boost".