Nvidia cuts ATI off at the gulch with Far Cry support
A slap in ATI's PS 2.0 face
By Fuad Abazovic: Wednesday 21 April 2004, 06:58
THE AMAZINGLY good looking game Far Cry has support for the shader model 3.0 but that's currently supported only by Nvidia's Geforce 6800 cards.
This is the first time in history that some new marchitecture got support from the first moment of announcement. We are talking about a retail shipping game since it was not hard to see some fancy looking demo in the past that supported just about anything that graphic companies inserted in its chip transistors.
ATI doesn't have Shaders 3.0 while Nvidia is happy to show off that it has, happily showing us in Geneva how even the next generation Unreal engine has massive support for this nice feature.
It comes as no surprise to us that Far Cry is part of The way its meant to be played - Nvidia's marketing programme, and those Shader 3.0 support don't come coincidentally.
Shader 3.0 is a very nice feature I have to admit and it won't be easy for ATI to justify its lack.
We chatted with the developers of highly anticipated title Stalker and learned that even that game will have support for Shader 3.0. µ