Today Qualcomm announced its upcoming Game Pack, as well as its collaboration with a handful of leading game developers like Glu, Gameloft, NAMCO BANDAI Games America, and more. Game Pack is essentially an optimization program that will allow game-makers to bring the best quality to its games for Android devices using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Game Pack will have 100 titles available at launch and the number will only get larger over time. Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm power a hefty amount of Android handsets today, so it would make sense for the chip-maker to look into something like this. With mobile gaming bigger than ever with smartphone users, Game Pack shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a chip-maker has released its own gaming outlet for games optimized for its processor, however. NVIDIA launched Tegra Zone in early March, and is offering up high-quality games for its Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Qualcomm is looking to do the same for its Snapdragon processor, and is collaborating with quite a few companies to do so. Even if Snapdragon processors are more than capable of bringing a quality gaming experience to Android phones, we still wish devices like the Xperia Play would have shipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 2.
We’re excited to see Qualcomm get serious about the gaming arena for Android, as the OS has come a long way but still has a lot of room to grow. While we’re not sure how Qualcomm will be implementing Game Pack into its handsets, we’d imagine that it would be pre-installed with compatible handsets, like NVIDIA does with Tegra 2 handsets. Both chipmaker’s have some great products coming this year, and Qualcomm is here to give yet another choice.
That said, we wouldn’t suggest making a new purchase until you’ve seen the new Kal-El video from NVIDIA.