Palm Pre shows off graphical prowess with hardware accelerated Doom

Palm Pre shows off graphical prowess with hardware accelerated Doom
In the last few days we’ve seen a couple of decent looking games run on different phones – the HTC HD2 allowed you to brawl in Tekken 3 while the Nokia N900 gave good old Duke Nukem a place to kick butt. The Palm Pre isn’t going to sit still on the sidelines as these two devices show off some graphical eye candy. With the release of webOS 1.3.5, Palm has included a software library called Simple Directmedia Layer – allowing developers to low-level hardware to get some accelerated 3D graphics. Enter ID’s popular Doom which was ported over to the Palm Pre thanks to an extraordinary webOS hacker zsoc. As for playing the game itself, you can visually see how smooth it runs on the Pre with the use of the QWERTY keyboard for navigational controls. In addition, the game will continue to run even if you place it as a card and move around to another application at the same time. It may be the small break that the Palm Pre needs to show off its graphical power amidst stiff competition.

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source: Palm Infocenter via Engadgetmobile



2. Iphoneisthesuck

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

You cant really compare the graphics from DOOM and Tekken 3. They are from two different eras in video game history. DOOM is gonna look older on any platform its on.....because its an older game. Compare the same title on two different handhelds and then youll be able to see the graphical difference between two phones.

1. tedkord

Posts: 17528; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Meh. After seeing Tekken 3 on the HD2, this feels like going back to Colecovision. No comparison, graphically. The Pre seems to be just short in so many respects. Screen just a bit too small, screen res just a bit too low, etc... It could have been a contender, but just was too little. WebOS is awful nice so far, though... Oh, and...FIRST!

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

how is the screen res too low? I'm looking at my pre now and I definitely have to disagree with you. Sure the screen could be bigger (on mannyy phones). But i think palms decrease in screen size helped give it a better resolution if anything... just looking at an iphone next to a pre, you can immediately tell which phone has the higher resolution. I cant speak for anyone else but as I see it, the pre uses every single pixel to its fullest ability. Without a magnifying glass or something, you'll find it very hard to pull out a single pixel. and etc? I dont see any other factors that the pre lacks in its screen besides its size.

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