NVIDIA unveiled the NVIDIA Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) for Games at COMPUTEX 2023, which will usher in the era of non-player characters (NPCs). With the help of AI-powered natural language exchanges, NVIDIA ACE for Games, a bespoke AI model foundry service, intends to alter games by giving NPCs intelligence.
NVIDIA ACE for Games enables middleware, tool, and game developers to create and integrate specialized voice, communication, and animation AI models.
At Computex 2023 in Taipei, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang recently showed the world a peek of what it would be like when gaming and AI come together with a graphically stunning rendering of a cyberpunk ramen shop where you can actually interact with the owner.
Rather than selecting conversation options, it imagines that you may hold down a button, simply speak with your own voice, and receive a response from a video game character. It is what Nvidia refers to as a “peek at the future of games.”
In order to demonstrate how developers will soon be able to use NVIDIA ACE for Games to generate NPCs, NVIDIA teamed together with Convai, an NVIDIA Inception business. Convai integrated ACE modules into their end-to-end real-time avatar platform. Convai is a company that specializes in creating cutting-edge conversational AI for virtual game worlds.
According to John Spitzer, vice president of developer and performance technology at NVIDIA, “Generative AI has the potential to revolutionize the interaction that players can have with game characters and dramatically increase immersion in games.”