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    Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Havok makes leading real-time 3D physics software. Tidal develops SSD controllers.
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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Havok -> Microsoft. Bad news if you like your physics engines to be multiplatform. What odds on it becoming a DirectX exclusive? Possibly as a bulwark against Vulkan.

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Welcome to Directphysics, only available on Windows.

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Hamstringing vulkan and others bit by bit

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Quote Originally Posted by ColinP View Post
    Havok -> Microsoft. Bad news if you like your physics engines to be multiplatform. What odds on it becoming a DirectX exclusive? Possibly as a bulwark against Vulkan.
    Did it become single platform when Intel owned it?

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    I presume this is another thing for their VR platform.

    There is still the open source Bullet physics, so I don't see this changing the world much. People who would pay for Physyx/Havoc can still do so, those that wouldn't still won't.

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Both sound (relatively) good news.

    Micron managing to bring it prices down and possibly make better controllers........Microsoft looking at putting Havok in the cloud (Azure), which will make off-loading physics a possibility. Maybe Microsoft can do more with Havok than Intel managed and make a move to replace Physx.
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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Did it become single platform when Intel owned it?
    Just guessing hear but did Intel want it for the now defunct Larabee, if that hadn't been canned whose to say Intel wouldn't have used Havok for those.
    Microsoft on the other hand could add Havox to DirectX, it would be a natural fit and (iirc) they've been wanting to add a physics feature to DirectX since 2006, that's not to say that's what their going to do with Havox, just that it's one of many possibilities.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I presume this is another thing for their VR platform.
    Don't you mean Augmented Letterbox Reality (ALR).

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Did it become single platform when Intel owned it?
    Intel doesn't own a software platform.
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    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Intel doesn't own a software platform.
    But it could just as well have limited it to Intel CPUs or GPUs like PhysX is limited to nVidia. They didn't.

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    But it could just as well have limited it to Intel CPUs or GPUs like PhysX is limited to nVidia. They didn't.
    Sure, but that limitation requires resources to add the limitation, the only thing Intel needed to do support AMD CPUs and nVidia GPUs is to simply not get in the way. Supporting 3rd party software platforms requires active investment to maintain compatibility with them. And of course, Microsoft has a long history of leveraging 'embrace, extend, and extinguish', and Havoc is going to be a great base to roll a fairly comprehensive gaming physics API into DX.
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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Time to program a new multi platform physics engine...anyone up for it?

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    Re: Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Intel doesn't own a software platform.
    VIIV? And let's not forget that Intel is one of the biggest corporate players in Linux development. So there's 2 examples of where they 'could have gone there'.

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