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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by NZtechfreak, May 23, 2011.

  1. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert
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  2. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    nice! great news for those who wanted to play all the Tegra games on their phone :D
     
  3. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    WTF?

    How big a con is the whole Tegra 2 exclusive thing if this is all it takes? I'd at least have expected the developers of T2 exclusives to be able to use nVidia specific stuff to save time, but this would suggest there is very little of that and I suspect, more like nVidia paying them off big time.

    How is performance?
     
  4. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert
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    Won't know till I get home later, will post results up (anyone who tries it should list here any games that are working well).
     
  5. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    Performance in Dungeon Defenders: First Wave Deluxe HD is fine, but I've had stability issues. It might be nothing, I'll need to look into it.
     
  6. This is a good early fix. But it is inevitable that once the Optimus 3D gets released, the top three flagship phones (Optimus 3D, SGS2, Sensation/Evo 3D) will all be available, none of which have Tegra, the devs are going to flip that switch pronto to sell to the masses. (Sorry Tegra peeps, but fragmentation is not good and the Atrix, G2x, and probably Droid X2 / Droid 3 are in the minority comparatively speaking. Won't bother mentioning honeycomb tablets.)

    In a month this should all be a non-issue, so those not so technically inclined and not that desperate to play those handful of tegra games now would be better off waiting.
     
  7. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert
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    True, but for those of us with a taste for modding this is great news!
     
  8. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Android Enthusiast

    This is amazing news, not just for S2 owners. Android chip fragmentation wiped off the planet in one foul swoop!

    If Riptide works it'll be happy days
     
  9. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    I've never quite understood this kind of thing.

    I love Galaxy On Fire 2 on my iPhone4, and that's only got 512mb of RAM and quakes with fear at the Galaxy S2 specs!

    It's annoying that we're all Android fans here, and yet manufacturers and carriers seem to be putting obstacles in the way of it being really, really good. Games are ANdroid's Achilles heel (along with a few issues that can be fixed with hacks) - why woud they pull this kind of crap?
     
  10. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Android Enthusiast

    Doesn't matter, they've been outdone now!

    Just a pity it requires root - unable to simultaneously use market movie rentals and chainfire middleware :(
     
  11. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    exactly what i was trying to say on another thread before. Tegra 2 devices are only a fraction of the dual-core devices that will be released this year. TI OMAP4 devices still have yet to drop, too.
     
  12. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    I wish I was as optimistic. Money talks and if Nvidia wave cash under developers' noses, there will be some who will sign away their first born child. Even if they could probably make more money from a full release, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and I could understand them taking the guaranteed pay check.

    Unfortunately, this work around only makes the problem worse. Developers still get their kick back for making a Tegra 2 exclusive, and get additional sales from people who use this. Considering the surprisingly high prices of Tegra 2 games, they're laughing. Exclusives are, in the long run, bad fro everyone except Nvidia.
     
  13. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    Dungeon Defenders does not work. It loads fine and the hands-off tutorial works (performance is excellent BTW), but what I assume is the main menu is blank apart from the tutorial button and a version number. It crashes to the home screen soon after. I haven't tried any others because they're expensive.
     
  14. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    well, i would agree with this, except people like my fiance won't know how to do this. she is part of the majority of Android users who don't mess with stuff like this. when it comes to rooting, you're talking about like maybe 33% of total Android users who do it.

    i still believe developers will get on bringing this to other devices without the Tegra 2 chipset. just a matter of time.

    so no, exclusives are also bad for nVidia too. you gotta look at the big picture... 9 out of 10 have Tegra 2 devices. do you honestly believe nVidia doesn't want that 10th person's money? lol
    the point with exclusivity is to try to draw people to your platform. with so many great handsets coming out unequipped with Tegra 2, i think nVidia will realize their mistake and make some kind of deal to get them to other chipsets.

    maybe i'm wrong. maybe they don't give a flip. time will only tell. but these are my thoughts.
     
  15. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    Nvidia aren't interested in making money from Tegra Zone. They are interested in making money and gaining industry influence from Tegra, and cornering the already lucrative and still growing quickly SoC (System on a Chip) market. The more people they draw to Tegra 2, the more powerful exclusives they can draw to draw more people. I believe they will throw many, many millions at achieving this and it would be good business. If they can corner the market, Nvidia would be one of the biggest companies around. If 9 out of 10 people had Tegra 2 devices, Nvidia would want the tenth person to have a Tegra 2 device, rather than to buy something on Tegra Zone (although they'd welcome that of course).

    My point is that people like your fianc
     
  16. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

     
  17. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    Someone who has just bought a phone won't, but someone who is due for a new contract might see a game they like and ask the guy in Phone4U about it and walk out with an LG 2X.

    If they see not enough people are adopting their chip, I think they will push harder and buy more exclusives. I could see them paying the next Rovio to make the next Angry Birds sized iPhone hit a Tegra 2 exclusive for Android. This would cost them millions, which Tegra Zone would never pay back, but it would be worth it. I don't think Nvidia care about Tegra Zone at all beyond pushing the T2. Qualcomm has revenue of about 3 times Nvidia's revenue, and they have less than half the SoC market at present. If Nvidia play their cards right, they could have Qualcomm's market share and ARM's influence, in a fast growing market.

    They are a hardware company and have the expertise in chips rather than app stores, so aside from the (IMHO vastly) higher rewards, it makes sense that this will be their focus.
     
  18. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    you're prob right. i could see them buying up more exclusives tbh before switching to a plan B. they would get more aggressive first. oh well. just sorta sucks for those that really want it but don't want a Tegra 2 phone for whatever reason. and you are right, they care about pushing their new chipset. their hope is to take some market share from the others, but i don't think they're expecting to do it with Tegra 2. i think they're trying to build momentum up so when Tegra 3 drops, they take a large slice of the pie.
     
  19. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Just gave this a try, tried a few from the market and they worked, all accept riptide which won't even start, all refunded now because I don't really want to encourage tegra 2 only stuff.

    Now off to re-download them from elsewhere. :p
     
  20. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    True, the Tegra 2 won't dominate. They probably want the market share of each to double, so if the T2 gets 5%, the T3 should get 10%, the T4 20% and by the T6, they're the daddy.
     
  21. eclap

    eclap Member

    thanks for the heads up, just downloading some games right now :)

    The Dungeon game freezes on me :( can see menus and stuff, but then it just ctd... downloading pinball now, i'll post back with results

    EDIT: Pinball works, great graphics, I've never see anything that shiny on a phone! the huge screen helps of course, sounds are superb as well!
     
  22. savvasth

    savvasth Lurker

    this is perfect!!
     
  23. eclap

    eclap Member

    Samurai 2 works great too.
     
  24. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Just confirmation that Fruit Ninja THD working beautifully with Chainfire 3D (had already purchased it for my Tab). Sounds like Samurai Vengeance 2 and Pinball HD are both also running perfectly. Mixed results for some of the other Tegra 2 games.
     
  25. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    do any games ship on the device?
    and better yet, does the game hub work that comes on it?
     

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