What’s the best way to quickly find and learn about the latest games optimized for your Android device? Following in the footsteps of NVIDIA and their Tegra Zone, today Qualcomm announced GameCommand – a showcase app designed to highlight games that are optimized for their Snapdragon platform.
Raj Talluri, vice president of product management at Qualcomm, described the new showcase app launching in January. “With more than 60 percent of smartphone users regularly playing games on their mobile devices, the time is right to bring more console-quality and casual games to the Snapdragon platform. We are very excited to put our new Snapdragon GameCommand app and more great gaming titles in the hands of consumers in early 2012.”
Today’s announcement builds off the previous Snapdragon GamePack that featured over 100 games optimized for Snapdragon. That solution was more geared for OEMs looking to bundle games with their devices, but GameCommand will be solely focused on the end consumer (an area that Qualcomm is placing a ton of focus on now).
Highlights of Snapdragon GameCommand include:
- “Enhanced” games have further optimizations or features specific to Snapdragon
- “Exclusive” games are available only on Snapdragon devices for a limited time
- GameCommand also provides gamers with a source for the latest gaming news from some of the most popular gaming news sites including Joystiq, IGN, Gamasutra and more
When it comes to game selection, the Snapdragon GameCommand app should see the best that Android has to offer. Qualcomm is helping the industry’s top game development companies bring their games to market, including Com2us USA Inc., Digital Chocolate Inc., Electronic Arts Inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Gameloft Inc., NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., NaturalMotion Games Ltd., Polarbit AB, PopCap Games Inc., Southend Interactive, and many more.
I can already see some Android fans complaining about more “exclusive” games optimized for a specific processor, but we should applaud Qualcomm for investing in the Android gaming ecosystem. Just like NVIDIA encouraged developers to port their games to Android, I’m sure Qualcomm will also help bring some amazing console-quality games to Google’s mobile platform.
Exclusive games for GameCommand include:
- “The Ball” from Tripwire Interactive, which has earned several accolades including PC Gamer’s 2010 Action-Adventure Game of the Year, is built on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 and is debuting for the first time ever on mobile
- “Fight Game Heroes” from Khaeon Gamestudio
- “GALAGA Special Edition,” the 30th anniversary edition of the perennial arcade favorite from NAMCO BANDAI Games.
- “Desert Winds” by Swedish studio Southern Interactive
Overall, I’m really excited to get my hands on these premium games coming to Android. Hopefully, Qualcomm will write Gameloft a big fat check so they optimize their best upcoming games like Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio, and Dungeon Hunter 3 for Snapdragon devices. Qualcomm already said that dedicated game consoles will be replaced by Snapdragon devices, and GameCommand is an important step on that journey.