NVIDIA Turbulence enables high definition smoke and fog interaction, dust devils, sand and snow storms as well as supernatural effects in games to provide a much more dynamic and interactive game experience. It can be used to augment any existing particle techniques with realistic response to moving solid objects and turbulent fluid motion. The simulation quality can be easily scaled up or down based on target platform performance. The authoring tool allows the artist to change parameters such as fluid viscosity, turbulence and particle mass to create inspiring particle effects based on fluid dynamics.


Key Features
  • Artist-focused tools to ensure turnkey solutions
  • Interactive massive particle simulation
  • Heat sources and jets
  • Integrated with PhysX Particles
  • Noise support
  • Ease of scalability for different gaming platforms
  • Level of Detail control
DependenciesAPEX framework
EnginesUE3, UE4
ToolsStandalone Tool
Quick LinksTurbulence Tutorials
Scalable Fluid Simulation

NVIDIA Turbulence Game/Demo Examples

Batman Arkham Knight

Check out the incredible effects NVIDIA GameWorks brings to Batman Arkham Knight! Smoke and fog react to the movement in the fight scenes, including when a box is thrown or part of the floor blows up into piece. Paper debris gets kicked around as Batman takes on all the baddies. Enhanced rain allows the rain to naturally bead off when coming into contact with Batman and his cape.


Assassin's Creed: Black Flag

Turbulence was used for the interactive smoke effects.


Batman: Arkham Origins

Turbulence was used for the interactive snow and smoke effects.


NVIDIA Turbulence in CryEngine - GDC2013

Simple testmap to show NVIDIA Turbulence in CryEngine. NVIDIA Turbulence is PHYSX independent and works very well in CryEngine


PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first person shooter. The game was just recently upgraded with support for Turbulence and Particle effects to provide an even more realistic interactive game-play.



Hawken is an action-packed, fast-paced, free-to-play, mech-based, multiplayer first-person shooter, set in a visually-rich future setting destroyed by corporate greed. The additional Turbulence/Particle effects in Hawken 2 provide a much more realistic and interactive game experience.


Turbulence Demo GDC2012

The first part of the video is showing a simple UE3 test level with Turbulence (engineering art). The energy particle effect is using 36K particles, the character effect 41K particles and the greened effect 100K particles. Weapons and characters can interact with Turbulence.


Dark Void

Turbulence was used in DarkVoid to enhance the weapon and jetpack effects. Up to 100k particles were used for the disintegrator and jetpack effects to create a cinematic game experience. The video below illustrates how the game experience was changed significantly.



Real-time 3D fluid and particle simulation