NVIDIA recently said that they worked with MediaTek to bring RTX graphics to ARM-based laptops, and now it has shown what it can look like for gamers. At the Game Developers Conference (GDC), it presented a technical demo with an RTX-powered MediaTek ARM processor running Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
NVIDIA showed ray-trace reflections and DLSS in real time using an ARM-based platform for the first time. It also showed a demo called Bistro (from Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine) running real-time beam tracking on ARM, with RTX Direct Lighting (RTXDI) and NVIDIA Optix AI Acceleration Denoiser (NRD) features turned on. The demos ran on a MediaTek Kompanio 1200 ARM-based platform combined with a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU.
NVIDIA made the technology work by porting multiple RTX SDKs to ARM devices. These include deep learning super sampling (DLSS) to increase sharpness, RTX direct lighting, NVIDIA Optix AI acceleration denoiser, RTX memory tool (RTXMU) and RTX global lighting. NVIDIA said that RTXDI, NRD and RTXMU ARMs for ARM with Linux are now available for developers, with RTXGI and DLSS coming soon.
Of course, you won’t see any of this until manufacturers add RTX hardware to their ARM-based laptops, Chromebooks, or other devices. Game manufacturers must also implement the technology for ARM-based games. However, both Wolfenstein: Youngblood developer and game engine company seems bullish.
“RTX support for ARM and Linux opens up new opportunities for game developers to provide more immersive experiences across a wider range of platforms,” said Mathieu Muller, Unity’s senior technical product manager. “An iD Tech-based game running on an ARM CPU with radiation tracking enabled is an important step in a journey that will result in many more game platforms becoming available to all game developers,” added Machinegames CTO Jim Kjellin.
Of course, NVIDIA’s relationship with ARM will come much closer when it bought the company last year for $ 40 billion. However, the agreement is subject to regulatory approval, and NVIDIA rival (and ARM customer) Qualcomm has opposed the agreement. On top of that, ARM employs 3,000 people in the UK, and the country’s regulator is currently investigating the sale.
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