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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon GameCommand app, takes aim at Tegra Zone

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon GameCommand app, takes aim at Tegra Zone
Qualcomm has officially decided to “keep up with the Joneses”, announcing their Snapdragon GameCommand app, which will highlight games that are made for Snapdragon powered mobile devices.

The app is expected to launch in early 2012, most likely timed with the launch of devices powered by Qualcomm’s new Krait SoC. The app will showcase games that are optimized for Snapdragon phones and tablets, and allow consumers to buy the games from within the app. The move seems to be a clear response to Nvidia’s Tegra Zone, an app that launched in the Android Market this summer. Tegra Zone also highlights games that are optimized for the Tegra 2 (and soon Tegra 3) chipsets.

It’s a positive thing for Android gamers that the largest suppliers of chips to mobile devices is working directly with game manufacturers to improve the appearance of mobile games, but the idea of exclusives should give you pause for thought.

It’s one thing for a game be exclusive to iOS, Android, or WP7. It’s an altogether different thing to restrict games to a particular chipset on the same operating system. It would be like purchasing a PC only to find that your game runs on AMD chips and not Intel. This could be a slippery slope that leads to consumer frustration rather than an improved gaming experience.

Let’s hope the chip makers can see the big picture as time goes on.

UPDATE: Qualcomm has reached out to us to indicate that any exclusivity period will be brief. As a result there shouldn't be any significant fragmentation of the ecosystem. While even a brief period of exclusivity within a platform may cause consumer frustration, it's a fair observation that this shouldn't cause any serious problems...as long as exclusivity periods don't escalate over time.

source: Qualcomm via Droid-Life

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posted on 16 Nov 2011, 15:10

1. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


whats the point....????? well ok i guess..... snapdragon is the shizer best of luck to them!!!

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 15:12

2. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


This is just stupid. Why won't Google regulate this crap? I shouldn't have to root just to get games. Also, doesn't exclusive mean less money???

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:42

3. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


How would Google regulate something that isn't breaking any of their rules? If you start regulating this, then people will want Google to start regulating other stuff. Then, Android will no longer be known as an open-source operating system. And if it will be like Tegra Zone then I'm pretty sure all of the games will also be available on the Android Market. But, you can't solve the problem by regulating stuff. Look at the US and all of the stuff we regulate in our market system and the problems we have.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:54

4. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


THESE ARE NOT EXCLUSIVES!!!! Certain games were "optimized" for a certain chip, not that they'll only run on that chip. They'll just run better, or that chip was the lead platform in development (like a game made on Xbox and ported to the PS3). I doubt they would ever make games exclusive to a chip, that's just dumb and would completely screw themselves. You read into wrong, plain and simple.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:24

5. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Sorry Forsaken, but the announcement explicitly says "exclusive to Snapdragon powered devices".

The may be time-limited exclusives, but that still will create more customer frustration than benefit.

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