I just had a look at the Tegra Zone site and it introduces itself thus:
"TegraZone is the place to be for games optimized for your Tegra-powered devices."
For me the operative word is "optimized", implying that the games chosen for the site will work on other GPUs but maybe not as efficiently.
However, with a top end quad core phone, maybe the sheer processing power would make up for not being optimized. For example many PC games are optimized for nVidia graphics cards in line with the 'The Way it's Meant to be Played' programme of cooperation between games developers and nVidia, but the games still play brilliantly on high spec ATI cards, even though not optimized.
And doesn't the Ascend D Quad come with 16 GPU cores rather than the Tegra 3's 12 cores?
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Dont forget the Tegra 3 is based on pretty old technology right now, ARM 9. To have Tegra 3 specific games would be ridiculous. Especially since ARM 15 is surfacing right now. ...And teh Fact that Tegra 3 is ARM at all, means surely nothing can be Tegra specific.
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Yes, there will be Tegra-specific versions of games, they will have enhanced visuals compared to other versions (despite the fact that the Tegra 3 GPU is quite unimpressive compared to others in the same generation). They should run fine on Rooted D Quads via Chainfire 3D.
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Don't forget about Tegra 3+ which is coming later this year and is based on A15 and has 24 GPU cores with support for Direct X 11, OpenGL 4 and PhysX.
Tegra games are typically regular games enhanced with some effects and marked with "THD". It's nice to see those because no matter what other GPU phone/tablet you will buy, you will not see games dedicated for that hardware, nvidia is exception here. Sure there might be plugins to allow to play Tegra games on other hardware, but it's not certain and not without small issues. And its funny that whenever we buy non-Tegra device (like my previous phone SGS2, we want to run Tegra games so badly because they are the best looking games).
Also, Tegra 4 is already announced coming next year, so future is bright.
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