We NVIDIANs always look forward to PAX (or Penny Arcade Expo) months in advance of the show. It’s the place where the gamer-rati gather to play and learn about newest games and tech and just let off some steam. Let’s just call it unadulterated, communing with gaming.
Here at PAX East in Boston, we’re seeing everything from classic role playing and console games to latest 3D and DirectX 11 PCs games. What strikes me most about this year’s show, is the in-game experience gap between PC and console games. With DirectX 11 and multi-monitor 3D, PC games have been up-leveled, and its showing at PAX. It seems the best titles are optimized for (and in some cases, exclusively) PCs. Crysis 2 is an utterly immersive experience in 3D. Guild Wars II in 3D Surround is spectacular, Witcher 2 is captivating. In other genres the gap is even more pronounced. I spent time in the iRacing booth with their latest sim racing rig from SimCraft. There’s nothing like taking on Laguna Seca or Watkins Glen in a virtual IndyCar with hydraulics and force feedback.
And, our presence at the show is hard to miss. We’ve gathered together 12 of our partners to join us, and we’re offering game play in our booth of not only the most recently launched titles like BulletStorm and StarCraft II but hands on play of un-released titles like Crysis 2, Witcher 2 and Guild Wars II. All of these demos are running on the latest GeForce GPUs, from a brand spankin’ new GTX560 Ti in a mini Shuttle box to Quad GTX 580s in a liquid-cooled, tricked out rig.
While the unreleased titles are commanding the most attention with gamers flocking in droves to play, fans are also excited to check out our mobile GPU, Tegra, powered products. We’re showing the latest superphones and super tablets from Motorola and LG…all powered by Tegra and all rocking console-quality games.
And the pièce de résistance is the first thing you see when you enter the booth, Panasonic’s 103 incher, the monster truck of 3D TVs, playing Crysis 2 in 3D Vision…..the term “jaw-dropping” was never more appropriate. This show really is one of the best in the gaming industry.