Nvidia GameWorks

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Nvidia GameWorks
Initial release2014
Operating systemWindows
PlatformWindows, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, Android
TypeVideo game development middleware

Nvidia GameWorks is a middleware software suite developed by Nvidia.[1] The Visual FX, PhysX and Optix SDKs provide a wide range of enhancements pre-optimized for Nvidia GPUs. [2] GameWorks is partially open-source.[3] The competing solution being in development by AMD is GPUOpen, which was announced to be free and open-source software under the MIT License.


Nvidia Gameworks consists of several main components:

  • VisualFX: For rendering effects such as smoke, fire, water, depth of field, soft shadows, HBAO+, TXAA, FaceWorks and HairWorks.
  • PhysX: For physics, destruction, particle and fluid simulations.
  • OptiX: For baked lighting and general-purpose ray-tracing.
  • Core SDK: For facilitating development on Nvidia hardware.

In addition, the suite contains sample code for DirectX and OpenGL developers, as well as tools for debugging, profiling, optimization and Android development.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Introducing NVIDIA GameWorks". Nvidia. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ No BS 226: Interview with AMD Graphics Guru Richard Huddy. YouTube. 20 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Nvidia making GameWorks Source Code Publicly available! | OC3D News". www.overclock3d.net. Retrieved 2020-02-10.

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