Star Swarm Demo Available for Download on Steam

And I thought that 3,000-player dust up that caused an estimated $300,000 worth of spaceship destruction in Eve Online this week was big.

Star Swarm sees Eve Online’s 3,000-ship battle, and raises them 7,000. That’s right, up to 10,000 individual units can be on screen at once — each running their own physics, AI, pathfinding, and threat assessments — in Oxide Games’ real-time demo of its new Nitrous engine.

Nitrous takes advantage of AMD’s new Mantle API (which DICE added to Battlefield 4 yesterday), and Oxide says the new graphics renderer enables every CPU core to talk to the GPU, providing a major performance boost. Star Swarm is a benchmark of Nitrous in action, and you can download it right now on Steam to see what a 10,000-ship battle looks like for yourself.

That is, if you’re running an AMD Radeon 7×00 Series GPU or better and you have the new AMD Mantle drivers (beta version 14.1).

Just one problem, AMD still hasn’t released the new drivers yet. They were expected to be ready for download yesterday, but as of this posting, we’re still waiting.

So when the new drivers arrive, you’ll be able to test out Star Swarm and Battlefield 4 in Mantle.

Looking forward to finally seeing DirectX’s challenger in action.

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