Palm Bringing 3D Games To webOS

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.