Unlike most trade shows, the Game Developers Conference often delivers actual news daily.
Topping today’s activity from this year’s iteration currently underway in San Francisco: Graphics kingpin NVIDIA will soon ship what the company is calling its most advanced game development package to date.
With electronic game industry revenues outstripping those of the international film business for some years now, the heat is always on software and hardware companies to come up with bigger, better and faster products for developers.
The core of the new platform is a development suite that makes it possible for developers to create and optimize state-of-the-art PC games for Microsoft’s DirectX 10. The toolkit promises to save developers time and money producing games that deliver life-like graphics and physics realism. The platform consists of NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics cards, NVIDIA nForce 680 motherboards and DirectX 10. ‘This is the world’s most advanced game development platform,’ the company says in a press release this morning. ‘It enables the creation of ground-breaking next-generation content that will reset consumer expectations for realism in PC games.’
Among other capabilities, the toolkit offers instructive code samples, advanced shaders, performance tuning and more. NVIDIA promises the toolkit will deliver significant performance gains and time-saving efficiencies in developing and optimizing games. Some of the new tools are available online at developer.nvidia.com.