Palm Bringing 3D Games To webOS

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News Posted: Sun, Jan 10 2010 3:28 PM
3D gaming has come to the Palm webOS platform. During CES, Palm introduced several graphics-intensive game titles for webOS. The titles come from leading game developers such as EA Mobile, Gameloft, Glu Mobile, and Laminar Research.

In all, seven 3D games were introduced, including:
  • “Need for Speed Undercover” (EA Mobile)
  • “The Sims 3” (EA Mobile)
  • “MONOPOLY” (EA Mobile)
  • “Asphalt 5: Elite Racing” (Gameloft)
  • “Let’s Golf!” (Gameloft)
  • “Glyder 2” (Glu Mobile)
  • “X-Plane” (Laminar Research)


In addition to these 3D games, five other mobile game titles were also introduced:
  • Tetris (EA Mobile)
  • Sudoku (EA Mobile)
  • SCRABBLE (EA Mobile)
  • The Oregon Trail (Gameloft)
  • Brain Challenge (Gameloft)


“We are very excited about the potential of webOS as a platform for mobile 3D gaming,” said Katie Mitic, senior vice president, Product Marketing, Palm, Inc. “This is a key application category, and we’ve worked closely with some of the leading game developers to deliver a great game experience for our customers.”

To make the launch possible, the developers of the aforementioned titles were given early access to the Palm webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK). This PDK adds to the Palm webOS Software Development Kit (SDK) with a set of tools, documentation, and APIs that let developers write plug-ins for their webOS applications. A public version of the PDK is expected to be available to all developers in March.

The games are currently available to Palm Pre customers through the Palm App Catalog. The Palm App Catalog currently offers over 1,000 applications for download.
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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 10 2010 8:25 PM

Wow... that picture is much different from the Oregon Trail I recall from my youth. :)   Of course, everything looks better on an Apple II connected to a monochrome amber monitor.

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Doesn't the pre have a GPU as powerful as the Iphones? Either way that's kinda sweet. One of the girls here at work have a pre and they are not bad as far as phones go.

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I've seen a video of Pre playing Doom and Quake. Though Quake was a little choppy, Doom was very smooth.

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digitaldd replied on Sat, Jan 16 2010 6:36 PM

The big question is will Pre owners pay for any apps/games? One reason the app store concept works for Apple is some people will actually buy apps [even bad ones]. Now with the Marketplace in Windows mobile and the Android store no one wants to buy squat. Is anyone buying apps on the WebOS store?

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