Software update to bring PhysX to GeForce 8
NVIDIA's aquisition of Ageia raised its fair share of questions but thankfully, one of the key questions coming from GeForce 8 series owners was partly answered during NVIDIA's fourth-quarter financial results conference call.
The question; will GeForce 8 series GPUs benefit from NVIDIA's ownership of PhysX technology?, was answered in part by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. Though no official announcement has yet been made, Huang stated:
"We're working toward the physics-engine-to-CUDA port as we speak. And we intend to throw a lot of resources at it. You know, I wouldn't be surprised if it helps our GPU sales even in advance of [the port's completion]. The reason is, [it's] just gonna be a software download. Every single GPU that is CUDA-enabled will be able to run the physics engine when it comes."
As all of NVIDIA's GeForce 8 GPUs support CUDA, we can expect PhysX technology to be added across the range via software upgrades.
All we need to know now, is when will it happen? My guess would have to be after the launch of NVIDIA's imminent 9 series.