As much as I like developers, especially the people at Epic who enabled this stuff, I’m on an AMD R9 290 graphics card and I can’t use any of the Nvidia proprietary junk like GPU-accelerated cloth physics, particle effects, destructible environments, etc, without any game I play slow to a chugging crawl. (I’ve tried playing XCom: The Bureau recently. Meh game, but **** does it chug to a slimy crawl as soon as particles or cloth appear in a scene. Don’t even get me started on Metro 2033 or Last Light.) Users and even some devs aren’t able to use as much stuff because we didn’t pay twice the price of an AMD card to enable such content.
I know it’s a marketing ploy to pay the premium in order to to make games pretty, but this is proprietary junk trying to force a monopoly from the only other graphics card developer in the industry that’s powerful enough to be competitive. Isn’t there any similar alternative technology that can take advantage of both AMD and Nvidia cards at the same time?