Activision Working With NVIDIA to Enhance the PC Version of Call of Duty: Ghosts

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2013 - 01:05 PM |
Tagged: txaa, PhysX, pc gaming, nvidia, infinity ward, call fo duty, Activision

Activision recently announced a technical partnership with NVIDIA at GamesCom. The two companies are "working hand in hand" on the development of the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts to implement the kinds of graphical features and technologies that PC gamers expect of a new triple-A title.

According to a NVIDIA Geforce blog post, NVIDIA developers are working on-site at Infinity Ward. NVIDIA is helping Infinity Ward to enhance the Sub D tessellation, displacement mapping, and HDR lighting. Additionally, the NVIDIA engineers are working to integrate support for the company's TXAA (temporal anti-aliasing) and PhysX technologies. The Infinity Ward game developers are also taking advantage of the APEX Turbulence PhysX tool-kit to enable realistic, physics-based, smoke clouds that will react with the environment and player actions.

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Activision and Infinity Ward are also enabling the use of dedicated multiplayer servers for Call of Duty: Ghosts. In addition, Call of Duty Elite will be available for the PC version of the game including a smartphone app that allows stat tracking and profile management from a mobile device.

The Geforce blog claims that the PC version is intended to be the definitive CoD: Ghosts version, which is always nice to see. More graphical effects and features are being worked on, but IW and NVIDIA are keeping them under wraps for now.

The PC is in a really good place right now between console cycles where developers are finally starting to realize the power of the PC and what it is able to offer in terms of graphical performance and control options. PC-first development is something that I have been wanting to see for a long time (develop for the PC and port to consoles rather than the other way around), and now that PC versions are once again getting due credit and development attention (and resources), along with the upcoming consoles being based on x86 hardware... these types of technical partnerships where the PC version is being positioned as the best version are hopefully the start of a trend that will see a new surge in PC gaming!


Source: NVIDIA

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August 24, 2013 | 01:56 PM - Posted by snook

Of the two great satans, I'm staying with EA. Activision
lost me when they implemented lag comp and punished me
for having a connection not routed through a potato.

August 24, 2013 | 02:28 PM - Posted by John_Gr (not verified)

Let's see how many patches before it can run on Radeons without problems.

August 24, 2013 | 03:59 PM - Posted by Ophelos

My guess would be at least 2. But we gotta manually patch it on our own so physx will work.

August 24, 2013 | 11:25 PM - Posted by mAxius

none as next gen consoles are x86 and using amd hardware. nvidia may get a few titles this fall but they have to pay to get the level of support amd is and will be getting by default due to the next gen consoles running amd hardware. in 5 -10 years nvidia will be all but a memory they are done and grasping at any possible straw they can for relevance.

August 25, 2013 | 03:21 AM - Posted by Klimax (not verified)

Won't happen, that's fan's pipedream. (Hint: No such things as code to metal, but through API)

And then GPU in consoles are quite bit weaker, so it won't challenge that much. (Plus drivers have a lot of to say how things go performance wise...)

And finally, CoD sells how many millions just in preorders?

August 28, 2013 | 03:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol I own a 7970 Ghz and your statement is laughable.

NV will not be gone in 5-10 years they still make more money than AMD(ati).

I would be more worried about AMD in 5-10 years they haven't released a competitive cpu in years.

August 24, 2013 | 02:47 PM - Posted by Me (not verified)

Its nice to see big names like Cod paying more attention to the pc version making it the best version :)

August 24, 2013 | 07:00 PM - Posted by ezjohny

This is how it should of been in the beginning! You think PC gamers will get the "Next Generation" in gaming now, which is 2.5 TeraFlops!!! GTX 680 could do 2.5 TeraFlops, The Radeon HD 7870 could pull 2.5 TeraFlops! So what is the word "Game Developers"!

August 24, 2013 | 11:24 PM - Posted by CannibasCorpse (not verified)

It should of been that way in the beginning...I don't even understand why they are just now realizing this. They are saying that "PC's NOW" sorry buddy...PC has "ALWAYS" been ahead.Call of Duty started out as a PC only game...but whatever..good news is good news I quess. its a damn shame we had to wait this long though.Since all the modern Warfare's and black ops 2 suffered because of no dedicated return making it a hackers playground that was never dealt with..instead of a good experience..Black ops was really the last good experience PC gamers had, so this is great news!These hack sites are already promoting the hacks they have for Ghost's.... so THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! for giving us our dedicated servers back!Now we can ban the no skill hackers from the servers ourselves !!! fuck yes

August 24, 2013 | 11:45 PM - Posted by mAxius

all games going forward after this fall will be made on x86 hardware pc hardware and have a default optimized amd rendering path. this means nvidia has to add their own tech to it i doubt that is a free service.

the end result of the consoles going x86 is we will get more shameless ports with some more graphics options and the games will be more multithreaded going forward this is a good thing.

nvidia lost its console business and now they have pay to play to get into the future ports to the pc and their pr dept is spinning so hard they are doing endless 360's. it is sad pcper bought into a fluff blog post without looking at the future.

August 25, 2013 | 12:19 AM - Posted by snook

the top two cards on the market, as of today, are Nvidia.

I doubt their demise is imminent.

no fanboyism. I run AMD cpu and gpus.

Nvidia seems more likely to price themselves out of favor.

GTX780 at $650?!?!?! $450-$500...It would be Nvidia 4LYPHE. lol

August 25, 2013 | 01:28 AM - Posted by mAxius

oh you mean the cut down titan that is nothing more than a repurposed tesla chip!? can we call what nvidia is doing innovating with rebrands of old chips?! take this lack of innovation with the recent price drops on the 7970's that brings them into the 300 to 400 bracket. Then we have amd's next 28nm generation coming out in a month with full huma support. lastly we have amd's console wins... yeah id say nvidia's days are numbered as nv has nothing new to bring to the fight and wont till 20nm in a year or more and as of late nvidia has been over promising and under delivering.

August 25, 2013 | 04:36 AM - Posted by snook

see my post below, just want to say thanks for the reply. I'm here to learn. from you and other members as well as the PCper staff.

I'm hooked and love tech, that I'm sure of.

fell free to add links mAxius to info you've found that is interesting. I'll read myself sick over this stuff.
thanks again.

August 25, 2013 | 02:28 PM - Posted by mAxius

titan and the 780 were a stopgap cause nv scrapped their true 2nd generation 28nm chips both are based on nvidia a cut down gk110 tesla chip

all the 7xx series of card are rebrands of stuff that has already been in the market this is going to hurt them big when amd's 2nd 28nm generation of cards hit with full HUMA support.

August 28, 2013 | 12:25 AM - Posted by snook

thanks, read them both. seems the compute card cut down to gamer enthusiast GPU is Nvidia's norm. begs the question, why don't the 760, 770 have the GK110 or why didn't the 660, 670 and 680 have it, if available.

they seem to have gamers on a milking machine for cash extraction.

August 26, 2013 | 07:26 AM - Posted by renz (not verified)

wow you must reading charlie stuff a lot

August 28, 2013 | 03:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And you are wrong because NV is in more markets than just the gaming gpu market.

How about you learn something about the company before making the uninformed post.

August 29, 2013 | 03:43 AM - Posted by snook

i dont a single suggestion that Nvidia is a gamer only card.

August 25, 2013 | 04:21 AM - Posted by snook

I would call the 760 and 770 rebrands and frankly what the 670 680 should have been. Nvidia put it to the people when they pulled what is essentially a "this is what a 670 should have been" move with the 770.
I'm a newb and don't know "tesla". the 780 is certainly a next gen card for consumer level. as stated, it beats the 7970 and the 770 has beat it also.

they aren't done is my stance, but they are hurting themselves with these premium price structures relative to AMD. I would go from my 7850s to a 780 but not to a 7970.

fanboy moment, I'm just gonna wait for AMDs next gen and throw the money at them on day one. join me?

I do fear a sticker shock incoming from AMD though.

August 26, 2013 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Don't forget though that the 670 is also what the 570 should have been, which was also what the 470 should have been....

Ever since nVidia started to rebrand their cores, think back to 8800GT Core92 and how it spawned 9800GT and GT250, etc., it was all about that.

The only bleeding edge tech they have is the 780 GPU and Titan. But that is also giving nVidia the benefit of the doubt.

August 28, 2013 | 12:28 AM - Posted by snook

only if the GPU chip was the same. but, I understand what you are getting at. has AMD done the same thing with "next gen" cards?

August 25, 2013 | 08:03 PM - Posted by db87

They can use the help. There Ghost techdemo was very disappointing to say the least.

Call of Duty is the best sold FPS and is using an ancient game engine for years now. With there budget to blow they should easily surpass Crysis 1 graphics from 6 years ago...

I'm afraid Nvidia will also use the game to sell expensive new video cards by using insanely amounts of PhysX crap like they did with Metro Last Light...

August 26, 2013 | 10:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I also hear that dog whisperers and fisherman are on side at Activision to help the developers develop AI where the dogs bark/attack the player and the fish swim away from you...

August 26, 2013 | 09:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ironically, AMD being in the console market is most likely to benefit Nvidia GPU users the most.

of curse Nvidia will work harder, even more aggressively implementing its tech in PC games now, while AMD rely on others in these regards, as in tradition. only this time around, AMD can finally "justify" their way.

PC hardware already has the upper hand, so any fps benefit AMD GPU may get by default for the base game (considering they compete in hardware that is), would still render meaningless compared to nvidia optimized features and exclusives.

all the money nvidia is about to spend on this, is going straight back to its customers and PC gamers as a whole.
(probably they wont charge us extra as they already do).

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