Jan 05 AT 8:37 AM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

Qualcomm set to debut GameCommand at CES


Though we’ve often criticised the idea of chipset-exclusive applications, it appears games tied to certain chipsets are here to stay.

Qualcomm has announced this morning that they will be launching their TegraZone competitor GameCommand next week at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. More specifically, their GameCommand app is expected to launch on the Android Market on January 10th.

GameCommand functions in much the same way as TegraZone; it is an application that showcases games that are optimized for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. Qualcomm’s CES booth will feature UFC fighter Alistair “The Reem” Overreem, who will be showing off one of the latest games optimized for Snapdragon, Fight Game Heroes.

We expect Qualcomm will follow the same model that NVIDIA has been using since TegraZone launched, partnering with game developers to develop exclusive content for devices that feature the Snapdragon architecture. Now, individuals who enjoy gaming on their Android smartphones will need to be even more mindful of which handset they purchase, as more and more games will continue to work on only one platform for at least a brief period of time after they’re released.

We’ll bring you live coverage from Qualcomm’s booth from the CES floor next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Stay tuned!

Show Press Release

Snapdragon GameCommand to Launch on Android Market at CES 2012

- UFC Fighter Alistair “The Reem” Overreem to be Onsite at Qualcomm’s Booth Showcasing One of the Latest Games Optimized for Snapdragon Devices

SAN DIEGO — January 5, 2012 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is expected to launch the Snapdragon GameCommandâ„¢ application to the Android Market on January 10, 2012, the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). At its heart, Snapdragon GameCommand will give mobile users a way to quickly discover, organize and access the latest Snapdragon optimized, featured and exclusive games. It will also provide feeds from top gaming news sites to help consumers stay up to date with the latest gaming news.

Snapdragon GameCommand will enable users to easily access and play many of the over 100 Snapdragonâ„¢ GamePack featured games on a wide range of mobile phones and tablets. The Snapdragon GamePack includes several titles exclusively available on Snapdragon devices running on Android for a limited time, including “Fight Game Heroes” from Khaeon Gamestudio. “Fight Game Heroes” features head-to-head battles with real MMA fighters, including multiple combat champion and UFC fighter Alistair “The Reem” Overeem. Visitors to CES will have the chance to meet the 6′-5″, 265-pound Overeem in-person and watch as he takes on Qualcomm executives in live rounds of “Fight Game Heroes” at the Qualcomm Booth in the LVCC South Hall, Upper Level, Booth #30313.

Other exclusive games that are accessible to consumers with Snapdragon GameCommand include titles such as “Bunny Maze 3D” from Eyelead Software and “Desert Windsâ„¢” from Southend Interactive. In “Bunny Maze 3D”, players help the adventurous Bunny get back his stolen carrots, in a cheerful journey through a magical world. In the “Desert Winds” mini-game players take on the persona of princess Amira as she battles gruesome creatures of the desert to save her people.

“With mobile gaming proliferating at a blistering pace, apps like Snapdragon GameCommand make it easy for consumers to discover and access the most advanced Snapdragon optimized games,” says Dave Durnil, director of advanced gaming at Qualcomm. “With exclusive and highly-anticipated games like ‘Fight Game Heroes’ and ‘The Reem’ Snapdragon mobile gaming is really starting to heat up.”

Snapdragon GameCommand is expected to be available in North America at launch and will be available in other markets at a later date.

Via: Phandroid

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  • DroidPower

    wow, this is going to make choosing which phones/devices to buy a lot tougher

    • scores87

      they still work in other cpu’s the difference is this are “optimized” to run on snapdragon, unlike tegra which are exclusive

    • stenzor

      Yeah, this is just adding to the fragmentation… I wish it was possible to swap chipsets haha.

      • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

        Doesn’t chainfire allow you to play tegrazone games on non tegra 2 phones? I’m hoping it’ll do the same for these snapdragon exclusives

    • WlfHart

      It’s nice manufacturers are trying to come up with exclusive stuff to win over customers, but this isn’t like a household game console, I won’t go out and buy all three because they each have their niche. I want -one- device in my pocket. I’m not too sure there will ever be a phone game that would make or break a phone purchasing decision for me.

  • YMS123

    Although chipset exclusive apps isn’t ideal , at least you don’t have a bunch of people complaining about the app not working, and everything runs much better when it’s fully optimized for it’s chipset

  • txbluesman

    Getting to be a lot of cool things to check out at CES. Happy New Year!

  • uknowme

    Glad I have the Evo 3D and will soon have the Transformer Prime to take advantage of the Tegra Zone.

  • Tarwinia

    Isn’t the whole deal with gamecommand that they are optimized for snapdragon but “should” still run on other devices? At least that’s what they said before when talking about games… IF they stick.to that strategy I’ll be happy and respect them more. It’s mega frustrating if you have to worry about a) the OS b) the maker of the SoC c) that your chips (and other specs) are powerful enough despite being the right brand.

    • lancaster09

      I think you’re right… it has to do with designing for a chipset. Like how some games say optimized for Tegra 2, but business guys are asking that the game developers give them exclusivity for a little while

  • Nathan D.

    Well with this it will be easier to look for games for devices with snapdragon.

  • ArticulateFool

    This and the Nvidia store are both cancerous to android…

    Try explaining to the general consumer why they have to use multiple apps to get more apps and why they are dependant on processor brand….

  • lokidokie

    Yeah, I must admit this kinda sucks