SHADOWGUN Now Available for Tegra Devices, Win a Sony Tablet S and JAMBOX to Celebrate the Launch!

You all know SHADOWGUN by now, right? The game that brings beautiful console-quality graphics to your Tegra 2 powered device? Well, folks, it has finally been released and can be found through NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone for $4.99.

We have had the game for a couple of weeks now to get a good feel for it and can easily say that this is one of the more graphically impressive games we have ever seen on a tablet. No one is lying when they say “console-quality.” The AI (artificial intelligence) is fairly advanced, the gameplay itself has been thought out precisely for tablets, and the 3D environments are obviously top notch. Again, it looks phenomenal.

You can view the game in action through a number of videos here and here.   (more…)

SHADOWGUN for Tegra 2 Devices Should Be Out October 26

The much anticipated SHADOWGUN that has been demoed and teased for months is finally going to make it to the market, according to Madfinger games who produces it. October 26 is the day for anyone with a Tegra 2 device, meaning it will be available in the Tegra Zone for a price of $4.99.

We have actually had a chance to play it a bit and can easily say that the future of mobile gaming looks very bright. We all know that a quad-core-enhanced version of the game is one the way as well, but trust me, the Tegra version looks very, very impressive.

On a related note, what would you say if I told you that we had a Tegra 2 tablet, Jambox and giftcard to give away to celebrate the release of it? Would you be interested? Stay tuned for details as we approach the launch date.   (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Thoughts on XOOM 2, Kal-el Coverage, and Keeping Up with New Technology?

The Motorola XOOM 2 made its first appearance yesterday and many of you started wondering if you should question the recent original XOOM purchase you just made.  Can’t say I don’t blame you for at least wondering about the near future.  After all, NVIDIA has been prancing around the interwebs with its new Kal-El quad-core processor that they told us would be ready for tablets by the end of August.  We’re starting to see games and demos made specifically for this new chipset, which has us all wondering if now is the time to hold off on making that next big purchase.  Who’s to say we can’t grab a Tegra 2 tablet for half the price in 4-5 months when these quad-core beasts start rolling out?  There is a rumor floating around that this XOOM 2 could be ready by fall and with the website appearance from yesterday, it’s looking more and more likely.

So, should we be upset by all of this change?  I’ve been talking with friends about the speed of introduction of mobile technology these days, and all we can find to compare it to is the PC days in the 90s.  You know, the days where you bought that first 600MHz Pentium 2 for $800 and the next month it felt ancient because the Pentium 3 1.0GHz had dropped.  Are we about to see the same thing with mobile technology, specifically with tablets?  The Tegra 2 has really only been out for 5 months now and it almost seems like last year’s news with all this quad-core talk.

Your thoughts on the quickness that we are seeing new technology introduced?  Excited?  Depressed?  Wondering how you are going to keep up?

Video: SHADOWGUN Demoed on Acer Iconia Tab Running a Tegra 2

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This game called SHADOWGUN from Madfinger popped up late last week and pretty much blew everyone’s mind with its incredible graphics and the fact that it would be optimized for both the Tegra 2 and Kal-el quad-core processors from NVIDIA.  It really takes 3D environments to the next level on a mobile device and also might be the first title to truly bring console-quality graphics to the small screen.

And it just so happened to be available for demo at what we’re guessing is Computex?  Neither of the videos we have actually say that, but we aren’t worrying about such small things when a game this impressive is being mirrored to an HD TV.

One more quick video after the break.   (more…)

New DROID Bionic Running Gingerbread Gets Benchmarked, Dual-core OMAP Replaces Tegra 2?

We had to leave that big fat question mark at the end of the post title because there is something that just looks a little fishy about this new Nenamark benchmark that popped up in the last day or so with the name DROID Bionic attached to it.  Before we get into that though, let’s talk about what new goodness we’re seeing above.

First off, the PowerVR SGX 540 GPU stands out.  Why, you ask?  Well, because this GPU matches up to the new TI OMAP 4430 and 4440 dual-core processors that we’re pretty sure Motorola will be showing some favoritism to in the near future (in the DROID3).  This also means that the Tegra 2 by NVIDIA has been given the ax, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise since most of the rumors surrounding the original delay of this device pointed at the T2 and 4G LTE not playing well together.  Maybe this new OMAP was able to show some LTE love?

The second thing we noticed is the “Android 2.3.3.” mention.  FINALLY, a phone in testing that’s not running Froyo.  The Bionic is slated to come out this summer, so it only makes sense that it would be running Gingerbread, but again, it’s just nice to finally see it.

The third thing is the screen resolution of 960×540.  qHD screen, anyone?  This could be both a positive and a negative which you can read up on over at this DROIDX2 post.

And now to the confusing part.  The Nenamark score of 24.0 flat is extremely odd.  If this benchmark actually happened, there would be a high, low and average – not just a single number.  It’s almost like the benchmark started, someone cancelled it, and Nenamark decided that was good enough to report.  Plus, the DROID3 pumped out a 45.20 on average just a couple of weeks ago, so there is no way the Bionic would put out anything less.

So we’ll take this as the Bionic finally going through testing, but we aren’t going to look at that number and criticize the hell out of it.  It’s either just getting prepared for testing and can’t perform or the benchmark was somehow cut off and then reported on.  Seeing OMAP is pretty interesting though, and something we’ll be paying close attention to over the next couple of months.  No more happy marriage between NVIDIA and Moto?  That sure was quick.

Via:  Nenamark, Ameblo

SHADOWGUN Announced for Both Tegra 2 and Kal-El Processors, Might Be the Most Visually Impressive Mobile Game Ever

Madfinger Games, the same guys that brought us Samurai II, just announced their new project called SHADOWGUN which is one of the first titles to be made specifically for NVIDIA’s new Kal-El quad-core processor.  When you look up “console-quality” in a dictionary, the picture you are seeing above is now featured.  Everyone please attempt to pick your jaw up from off the floor.

The game is already being referenced as the “most advanced handheld game in the market” and will also have a version available for Tegra 2 devices.  It involves futuristic weaponry, a personal Android assistant, bounty hunters, cyborgs, mutants, and genetically-enhanced humanoids in the year 2350.  Do we even need to say more?  Oh, a date.  They are only announcing that game is in the works at this time, but hope to have it out some time in 2011.

Be sure to check out the press release and some additional screenshots of the game after the break.  This game looks amazing.      (more…)

Riptide GP Released for Tegra 2 Devices, Mobile Gaming has a Bright Future

Riptide GP was released to the Android Market today and we haven’t been able to put it down.  If you are looking for a mobile game with that “wow factor” then look no further than this one.  It’s really just a jet ski racing game and the concept isn’t anything that you haven’t seen before, but the graphics, environments, and game play will probably make your jaw drop a little.  When NVIDIA stood on stage at CES talking about how much fun gaming would be on their wave of Tegra 2 devices, this must have been what they were referring to.

Check out our video walk-through below.   (more…)

Motorola DROIDX2 Poses in New Video, Shows Off Dual-core Bootup Screen

We first reported back in January that the DROIDX2 would have a dual-core processor, so this video which shows the device booting up with the same dual-core startup that we’ve seen on the XOOM and Atrix 4G is pure sweetness to our eyes.  Of course, this could just be a placeholder bootup while the device is under development, but we’re crossing our fingers that it’s a sign of things to come.  And you’ll probably notice that the DX2 featured here is only running Froyo (Android 2.2) which is a little disappointing, especially with all of the leaks sneaking out for the original DX.  We’ll just assume that it’ll have 2.3 at launch…please Moto.   (more…)