Nvidia Physx Technology Brings an Eerie Chill to Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason

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SANTA CLARA, CA—SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 – NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today announced that 10 graduate students have received grants under the eighth annual NVIDIA® Fellowship Program, which is intended to fund work to solve complex visual computing challenges.

More than 200 applicants were considered for the award, which comes with grants of $25,000 for each recipient, according to NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally, who headed the committee which selected the award recipients. The projects being sponsored cover a wide range of technical areas, including computer vision, neuroscience, and quantum chemistry simulation on GPUs.

"For Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason, it was imperative that the game’s visual effects were properly augmented by a living, breathing environment that actually affects the level of immersion players will experience," said Darryl Still, International Publishing Director at 1C. "NVIDIA PhysX technology was the only development platform that enabled us to pull off this highly interactive and scary story."

With the NVIDIA PhysX physics engine, the virtual world of Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason comes to life: clothing can be frozen or unfrozen, broken glass becomes something to avoid, and other objects such as boxes, barrels, and water pipes take on a life of their own when shot at or destroyed. Consisting of a robust physics engine, API, and middleware software, NVIDIA PhysX technology is interactive entertainment’s most pervasive physics engine and is included in more than 140 shipping titles for Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and the PC.

On the PC, PhysX technology harnesses the power of both the CPU and any CUDA™ general-purpose, parallel-computing processor, including any NVIDIA GeForce® 8 Series or higher GPU, giving it the power to handle 10-20 times more visual complexity than what’s possible without a GeForce GPU. Only PhysX technology can leverage the best of both CPU and GPU architectures to deliver the ultimate, immersive, user experience. And with over 80 million CUDA-compatible GeForce 8 Series and higher GPUs shipped to date, PhysX has the largest installed base of general-purpose, parallel-computing processors on which to run. "1C and Action Forms, the developers of Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason, have produced what will arguably be described as the spookiest game ever to hit the PC platform," said Roy Taylor, vice president of content relations at NVIDIA. "Gamers are going to love the blend of horror and science fiction storytelling that puts them in the middle of a nuclear ice-breaker, circa 1968. This is one you will need to play with the lights on!"

Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason is slated for release at the end of 2008. For additional information on the game, please visit http://uk.nzone.com/object/nzone_cryostasis_home_uk.html

About 1C
1C Company specialises in distribution, publishing and development of mass market software. Founded in 1991, 1C has become the leading publisher and distributor of computer games in Eastern and Central Europe. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has several internal studios. Internal developments of 1C include IL-2 Sturmovik, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles, Aces Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters, and Theatre of War. 1C Company works as a publisher and producer with over 30 independent development studios and has produced over 100 projects for PC and consoles.

NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce products, the professional design and visualisation market with its Quadro® products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla™ products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.


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