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Can Sony Lose The Havok Physics Engine?

An interesting development has reared its head into the exclusivity debate, with the signing of a "perpetual licensing agreement" that will make the Havok physics engines available to Microsoft Game Studios and its development partners. With such a close relationship forming, will we see Sony and Microsoft become seperated with exclusivity, not between game titles, but the actual engines they use? Could it be that future titles on the 360 will have the latest physics engine and those on Sony will not?

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Bombibomb3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

Havok physics engine = Mediocre.

shadowghost7523728d ago

The Havok physics engine is good in my opinion, Motorstorm used it and the physics in that are awesome

gameplayer3728d ago

You do realize that ps3 exclusives like Heavenly Sword, Motorstorm and Folklore and cross platform titles such as Oblivion, Bioshock, Alone in the Dark, Assasin's Creed and Fallout 3 all use Havok, among many others. Do you think these titles are mediocre Bombibomb? I like those games thank you very much.

pwnsause3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

Halo 3 uses Havok as well, in fact, alot of games do, and it runs pretty good. I think Motorstorm 2 uses Havok as well, just like Motorstorm 1, but that has yet to be confirmed. Heck even all the source Engine based games use Havok, look at half-life 2.

HAVOK is owned by Intel BTW

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pwnsause3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

We know. we are just saying the games that uses the Engine. I dont think its a mediocre engine at all, sure it not As good as Aegia's Physix Engine, but it gets the job done really well

shadowghost7523728d ago

Yes i noticed that jonondaspot and i gave my opinion on the Havok engine and then gave evidence as to why i think that it is a good physics engine

LastDance3728d ago

ahhh....id call Assassins creed mediocre definatly...also...has any1 SEEN those physics?? sometimes id jump and when hes a bout to land it takes half a second or something when he's right next to the ground to actually hit it...lol...

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StephanieBBB3728d ago

You can download the havok physics engine for free on it's website so I don't know if this article does a valid statement. Why buy something thats free???

pwnsause3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

THe latest version of Havok is fully Optimized to run on the PS3 BTW
Havok physics engine is set to run on one of the spus seperately from the other spus in the cell. thats why multi-core processing is important these days.

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shadowghost7523728d ago

I wonder if that means we will Crysis on the PS3

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solidsnakus3728d ago

that ragdoll engine on gta4. thats what all games should use. euphoria, i think its called. that one just owns havok

Jackthepwnsaur3728d ago

Yea but Havok isnt a Ragdoll physics engine lol. Star Wars: the Force unleashed uses Havok and Eurphoria

Winter47th3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

There are a lot'a Physics-based engines out there, Karma, Havok, Euphoria as well as built-in ones, but really, Havok is the best of'em all, only waiting for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed to see Euphoria's real potential since GTA IV didn't implement it well with the roll on their side and take a nap ragdolls and sh!tty driving physics.

To me, Psi-Ops had the best physics of the bunch.

TheIneffableBob3728d ago

@1.9
Havok is free for individual use to use in things like indie games, but if you want to make a game and sell it, you'll need a license.

buckethead_X3728d ago

that Pain uses the Havok engine. I thought the physics were pretty good. I might be wrong though; I'm not sure.

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Expy3728d ago

A perpetual contract agreement? On what terms? This article is fully based off speculation, there are no details emerging from the contract, so why this article? So Microsoft has a perpetual contract agreement... tell me more.

KBDuB3728d ago

There was another article on here talking about this, did you read it? I didn't so iuno what it says, but if you didn't read it, you should go check it out to see what it has to say.

KBDuB3728d ago

Why in the hell did I get disagrees. -.- Lol.

DolphGB3728d ago

Speculation indeed...

Actual quote from Havok over here - http://www.n4g.com/News-180...

ice_prophecy3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

Is havok engine different to the Lucas arts patented Euphoria engine?

And isn't the Euphoria engine being licensed out now?

Havok engine Vs Euphoria Engine?

(someone answer me, because I genuinely don't know)

ice_prophecy3728d ago (Edited 3728d ago )

General impression I get is that Euphoria = Havok. either that, or that they work interdependently lol

Polluted3728d ago

Havok isn't the only physics solution.

I don't see this happening anyway. Havok licenses their tech to companies like EA who make games for all three consoles and PCs. Why would they give up contracts like that just to enter into some exclusivity deal with MS?

SkolarVisari3728d ago

Havok isn't the only physics engine out there, PhysX is already liscensed for use on the PS3 and there is an SDK freely available for both Windows and Linux.

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