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DirectX Physics rumors denied

Microsoft has denied its working on a DirectX physics API for the upcoming DirectX 10. DailyTech previously reported Microsoft may be interested in developing a physics API due to a job description on Microsoft’s employment page. However, according to a recent interview with Rick Wickham, Director of the Windows Gaming business in the September issue of Maximum PC magazine, such rumors were denied.

Wickham indicated that Microsoft is still planning to hire physics programmers, but the company's intention is to get a jump on physics processing should AGEIA and Havok really take off. 

The job description is still posted on Microsoft’s careers webpage. It still wouldn’t be too surprising to see Microsoft add physics processing support to the next version of DirectX. ATI and NVIDIA are both developing GPU accelerated physics processing solutions using HavokFX. Havok has also recently released its Havok 4.0 SDK too. AGEIA also released its PhysX physics process with lukewarm response.


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A better idea
By bersl2 on 7/25/2006 6:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
How about a unified matrix API? I assume that's the basic data structure of the AGEIA API/chip, with many operators accelerated in hardware. This way, whatever hardware is available can accelerate as many operations as possible, with the rest being done in software.

I mean, how else but matrices and related operators do you do a massive amount of physics calculations in parallel?




RE: A better idea
By ajdavis on 7/25/2006 8:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
I hope that was sarcasm, If not I have some for you. Thank God for thinking outside the box.

There is never only one solution and it'd be ignorant to assume so.


RE: A better idea
By bersl2 on 7/25/2006 9:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
My sarcasm guage is broken currently, so you're going to have to tell me what you are actually saying. Are you telling me that the idea is stupid, is obvious, or what?


RE: A better idea
By Scrogneugneu on 7/25/2006 9:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
I can't be sure, but there's always the possibility he finds the idea obviously stupid. ;)


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