Havok Unleashes Next-Generation Physics Engine

Category: GDC
San Francisco — Havok, a provider of interactive 3D game technology, has launched a major new version of its Havok Physics technology.

The release is the culmination of more than five years of internal R&D effort. It features significant technical innovations in performance, memory utilization, usability and simulation quality, and represents a major leap forward in physics simulation for games.

Designed from the ground up for the computing architectures that will define games for the next decade, this release targets next-generation home consoles, mobile and PC while continuing to offer full support for current generation consoles.

"This release of Havok Physics marks the third major iteration of our physics technology since the company was founded 15 years ago," said Andrew Bond, vice president of technology for Havok. "The result is a new engine core built around fully continuous simulation that enables maximum physical fidelity with unprecedented performance speeds. Beta versions of the technology have been in the hands of a number of leading developers for some time, and we have seen dramatic performance gains with simulations running twice as fast or more, and using up to 10 times less memory. Additionally the new core's performance is extremely predictable, eliminating performance spikes."



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