Tegra HD optimized games start to populate the Android Market


A number of phones and tablets are expected to hit the market with dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors this year, bringing high speed 1 GHz processors and high performance 3D and HD graphics. But a platform is only as good as the apps designed to run on it. Fortunately, it looks like game developers are starting to release apps designed to run on devices with Tegra chips.

A quick search of the Android Market today shows 10 games, including Samurai II: Vengeance, a new version of Spectral Souls for Tegra-based systems, and versions of Fruit Ninja and Backbreaker that have been optimized for the platform. Dungeon Defenders also now has extra features for Tegra-based devices.

It should be interesting to see how well these games sell. While there are millions of Android devices on the market, only a portion of the newest devices have NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips, which means that developers are writing apps for a market they hope emerges this year. It seems like writing apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad would generally be a safer bet — but if the Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or other Tegra 2-based Android tablets turn into big success stories this year, the developers behind these apps could certainly stand to benefit.

NVIDIA is also expected to launch a Tegra Zone app soon, to make it easier to find apps optimized for the platform.

You can check out a few demos of Tegra 2 optimized games after the break.

Updte: Monster Madness is also now available for $9.99. The game is based on the Unreal Engine 3 and it’s one of the games NVIDIA showed off when pushing the Tegra 2 chip as a gaming platform at CES earlier this year.

via Android Police and Droid Gamers

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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