THIS Is Why You’ll Want a Tegra 3 Device [SHADOWGUN]

Wondering how you can justify a device with more power than today’s netbooks (and even some notebooks)? NVIDIA’s Kal-El processor – aka Tegra 3 – is coming along nicely and developers are currently optimizing some great looking games for it. One of those games is SHADOWGUN.

It was created using Unity, a multi-platform development engine that’s as powerful as it is affordable. We aren’t exactly nearing Heavy Rain, Gears of War or Uncharted 3 here, but for a mobile device these are insane graphics and I can not wait for more games like these to make their way to Android.

Here’s a nice description form developer Madfinger:

Authored with the Unity development platform, SHADOWGUN combines tactical combat with third person harrowing action, ushering in a new visual standard for handheld gaming. SHADOWGUN puts players into the role of John Slade, a professional bounty hunter in the year 2350. Slade’s mission: hunt down Dr. Edgar Simon, renowned geneticist and former employee of the trans-galactic corporation Toltech Enterprises. Players must lead “shadowgun” John Slade as he infiltrates Dr. Simon’s mountain fortress and fights his personal army of mutants, cyborgs, and genetically-enhanced humanoids. Using state-of-the-art weaponry, ships, and the assistance of S.A.R.A.—Slade’s personal android assistant. The story is written by award winning author Micah Nathan who has joined the MadFinger team as executive creative consultant for SHADOWGUN.

Yup, I’ll be waiting for this one alright. [Source]

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  • B2L

    Holy shit! I just creamed my pants

    This is why i will definitely be getting the Nexus 3 or whatever it’s called if the rumors are true.

    • socalrailroader

      Gross, very gross, TMI dude, TMI.

    • Keller

      Fuckin gross.Go cream elsewhere.

      • ScottColbert

        They’re his pants, if he wants to cream them, let him. Or did you want him to cream yours?

        • B2L

           LMAO! I guess no one understands that it’s a form of expression.

          • ScottColbert

            Oh I knew that, I was just being snarky. :P

        • dasofter420

          Naa Im too busy making your mother cream. And i just penciled your sister in so my schedule book is full.

      • Alex Paulson

        Please elaborate…..

        • dasofter420

          meatspin.com

  • Chrisrj8084

    Wow this looks really amazing, games are coming along quite nicely. The latest HD games from Gameloft are really nice and this just pushes the envelope further

  • Demonwav

    Whatever Samsung comes up with will destroy it. Just sayin’, happens every time.

    • DYNK

      Yup agree. I bet the Mali quad core chip inside the SGS II is already on par with this which will probably come out next year.
      Like SGS’s hummingbird which is on par with Tegra 2.
      Exynos is already on par with Tegra 3.

      • Pitrick

        Hmm the Tegra 2 is more powerful then the SGS’s hummingbird…

        • Demonwav

          GPU wise, no it is not.

      • Alex Paulson

        The SGS II is launching with an Orion dual-core chip……….. Samsung is slightly ahead in terms of processing power, but their build quality is terrible and their software has MANY problems. No it is not Googles fault for the software problems. My OG Droid has never had software issues. It is stock (vanilla) Android whereas Samsung makes a ton of unnecessary customizations to it, that make it have compatability issues with apps and overall slow down the power the phone could have. They also break (physically) like a glass baseball bat.

        I’ll stick with Motorola 
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        .
        .
        inb4 “OMFG LOCKED BOOTLOADER”

        Yes their bootloaders are locked and encrypted, but ill deal with it if it means i get Motorola’s hardware, build quality, and cell reception/radios. Besides, hopefully their bootloader revision this Fall will change things.

        • Demonwav

          It launched with their Exynos dual-core processor, Orion happens to be the name it was rumored to have. They have the best build quality of any manufacturer in my opinion, Motorola and HTC (especially HTC) phones break like no other. Yes, Samsung makes their phones with plastic. How exactly is this bad? Their phones are nice and light which make them comfortable in the hand and when you drop them there isn’t much weight to it so it doesn’t break very easily. My Captivate is a brick, not in terms of weight, but in terms of toughness. It has taken and can take more abuse than any other Motorola phone I’ve ever seen. Their software has 0 problems bro. RFS used to make their phones slow but they have fixed that problem, their phones are very fast with RFS and TouchWiz on it. Samsung’s customizations are unnecessary but so is every OEM’s customizations, they aren’t needed. Big deal. At least Samsung makes it look good and adds a lot of functionality to Android. And there are no compatibility issues with apps, besides the problems with apps not working with Gingerbread, but that actually isn’t Samsung’s fault you see, because they didn’t make Gingerbread. (who would have thought?)  And on top of that Samsung is the most open phone manufacturer for Android.

      • Rexoverbey

        The Mali GPU is 4-core but the Exynos CPU is dual-core.  Heck the GPU in Tegra 2 now is 8-core.  The Tegra 3 (Kal-El) is 12-core and the CPU is Quad core.  The CPU Samsung is talking about next year is only daul-core.  So Tegra is ahead of the game IMO.

        This game is going to be playable/optimized on Tegra 2/Tegra 3 devices (like about 20+ apps out now). Where is the optimized Samsung Exynos/Mali games?  There isn’t any and won’t be any. 

    • Ktwebb68

      Whatever Samsung comes up with will be a random reboot, late software updates, broken essential functions like GPS and on and on and on.   Go ahead, stick with Samsung.  We’ll be around to help you out when you need something your phone doesn’t deliver.  

      • SladeNoctis

        Late updates are due to US carriers, the GPS is due to Google reinforcing the Google maps law on manufacturers that wanted to use other gps service. Random reboots are on the software itself if your speaking about Nexus S thats Google’s job. And what do you recommend the only others that are good now is Sony and LG. HTC and Motorola are still in sign bootloader world and we dont truly know when there stopping.

        • BrianC

           GPS is not dependent on google maps.  The first consists of  hardware and a driver.  The second is an application that uses it.  The GPS is broken all around whether you’re using gmaps or not.

        • Bela

          “Late updates are due to US carriers” – yet US carriers get these updates out faster on every other make of phone on the planet.
          “GPS is due to Google…” – yet gps works just great on every other make pf phone.

          Even if your reasoning is true, the fact of the matter is that you know what you get buying Samsung REGARDLESS of the reasons or excuses anyone may give for these faults.

          • adi19956

            I doubt they do it faster than anywhere on the planet. Vodafone UK puts updates out within minutes of receiving them, literally. HTC Wildfire – 2 minutes, HTC Legend – before anyone else (even before unbranded phones)

          • SladeNoctis

            GPS is due to Google if you did your research the issues why most Galaxy S has issues is because the implementation of another GPS service was deeply integrated. When the SGS was almost released it had to be delay a bit due to Google interfering and wanting to add Google maps as the main GPS service available. This is already in the past, new Samsung phones aren’t suffering from the GPS issues. If your so ignorant for some past issues that was clearly not the manufactures faults then enjoy other phone but Samsung is pulling out phones that are marking there own territory and other phones cant compete.  

        • Vvvvv

          SladeNoctis You sir are a fucking idiot!

          • SladeNoctis

            Im a idiot for stating the facts? I guess your blind for now seeing whats clearly in front of you.

          • MaticKrmec

            that makes you a even bigger idiot for not recognising the facts as they are.

      • Demonwav

        The only thing I was able to read from that was “I am going to cry about Samsung and give you a list, even though none of it is Samsung’s fault.” Samsung is the fastest with updates in terms of manufacturers, the carriers in the US are the slow ones. Samsung is not responsible for the GPS, that is not their hardware. Should it still work? Yes, but seeing that the only problem this is seen is on the Galaxy S, I’m not going to say that is an issue. Random reboots have never been a problem for me, but if you say they have, then okay. Samsung isn’t that great with software, I understand that, but in terms of functionality, TouchWiz adds more to Android than any Sense or Motoblur ROM out there.

    • ak12

      I’m going to stop everyone right there now before this gets into a ridiculous “hummingbird lawl u mad” Thing.
      I’m not really familliar with newer processing specs (Still have an N1, Still love it) but from my understanding Samsung and other companies treat the processor differently.
      Remember how Samsung draws people with their fantastic display? Well it’s only logical to have a processor that can display these graphics crisply and smoothly. So guess what? Samsung wins.
      But wait a minute, HTC just released a phone that wins in terms of processor too. Why? It’s because of the different types of processors and how it handles everything. The processors Samsung uses are literally dedicated to GPU over anything. However, it comes at a price. The graphics may be pretty, but there is a tradeoff between graphics and speed.
      The processors HTC uses (Or used to. As I’ve said, haven’t cared for about 6 or 7 months.) Are more dedicated to actual “work” you could say. The processors sacrifice the awesome graphics and everything in order to provide a user experience. In short, the processor does more “processing” then beautying, if that makes sense.
      Before you comment on anything other then my spelling errors, do keep in mind all higher-end processors are fantastic and on the edge of technology. And as technology progresses, this tradeoff will become a moot point. But remember that the differences between them is so small that if you felt like debating over it, your an idiot. Samsung isn’t perfect. AMD isn’t perfect. Intel isn’t perfect. HTC isn’t perfect. I personally will take HTC’s hardware choices anyday. Build quality is great, and I’ve never broken any HTC device.

      • Nemesys06

        it’s not the cpu that operates the graphics of the games, that’s up to the gpu.  the reason most of the htc and other older single core snapdragon processors were so weak compared to the hummingbird was because of the gpu.  both cpus were powerful, and did the job.  the power vr gpu inside the galaxys phones were way more powerful than the adreno 200 inside most of the snapdragon equipped phones.  i do feel that the galaxy s2 phones are going to be more powerful than most other dual core phones on the market this year, however with nvidia backing the tegra2 chipset, and having the geforce gpu, developers probably feel more comfortable developing for those chips.  and lets not forget tegra zone.  i for one will be getting the g2x this weekend, and i’m also going to try the htc sensation.  both phone are monsterous devices.  i just wish the g2x came with the super lcd gHD display.  that is the only real drawback i find with it.  and maybe a little more RAM.  the qHD and 1GB of RAM would have made it a scary device.

      • Generalblight

        I agree, I have a HTC Desire and it runs beautifully, however the wife has a galaxy tab and what a laggy stuttering piece of shit it is. I remember when it first came out all the android press was trying to convince everyone on how zippy it was, Pah. If the samsung is so powerful how come I can’t watch lovefilm on it without framerate issues yet my desire runs it perfectly. They even have ram manager built into the home screen so you can kill apps without having to resort to third party apps to do it for you. Give me usability over quadrant scores anyday

  • socalrailroader

    It looks awesome, but you’ll never be able to keep up.

  • riceman

    Madfinger makes Samurai II: Vengeance THD. Which is easily one of the best Tegra games out now, if not the best one. Tough to say though since Riptide finally came out. The water in that game looks unbelievable. Can’t wait to see more stuff from Madfinger.

  • B2L

    I am so glad that i was able to gross people out today.

  • socalrailroader
  • godrilla

    Rip xbox and Ps3 muhaha, as my predictions are right mobile platform will eat into current aging consoles which are 4-5 years old already

  • Ksizzle9

    Agreed, people don’t realize that exyenos is already as powerful as tegra 2, and will be the most powerful chip out there for some time. I’m so glad that someone other than me isn’t all that impressed with tegra 2, it’s a fantastic chipset, much better than snapdragon, but the hummingbird is right beside it in graphics power, run quadrant on a old galaxy s phone, FPS will be hovering right over 60 in every test. I agree that the final number is almost pointless but the FPS don’t lie. Sammy is ballet when it comes to hardware. And the fact that engadget creamed their pants over samoled plus, is saying something for 2 reasons:1) it’s a much lOwer resolution than apples retina, 2) it’s not apple and engadget gave it 9/10. Samsung is done screwing around with phones. Tegra 3 my ass they say. They don’t need quad core, just a beast of a dual core. With that said, Imagine Sammys quad core. Ouch. Shit will prolly smoke a core i5.

    • socalrailroader

      Do you ever stop to smell the roses, or just cut them and run to the next bunch? ;)

    • Rexoverbey

      Engadget also gave the Atrix a 9 (tegra 2).  Plus the hummingbird is no where near as good as these tegra 2 devices.  It lacks DDR2 (uses DDR1), amount of ram (textures),  and the Dual-core cpu (physics and additional processing).  Also the Tegra 2 devices are getting optimized games.  What other portable GPU is getting this treatment?  There is a reason why 20+ manufacturers are using Tegra 2 in phones and apps and only Samsung is using Exynos.  Heck even Samsung is using Tegra in some regions and devices.   

  • monlosez

    Don’t forget nVidia bring games to Android not Exynos or watever Samsung put on their phones. The Tegra’s GeForce GPU is similar to those in PC/Consoles.

  • schwartzman93

    The only thing that sucks though is HTC doesnt use Tegra processors, and I only like HTC sense unless the next nexus comes out for Verizon…and if HTC doesnt change their bootloader policy…Im changing to the iShit

  • Lancewulf

    Samsung makes something that is not total crap?

  • JulianZHuang

    the moment i started playing those game, the moment i need to charge my phone.

  • aeok18109

    this looks fucking dope. i need an upgrade to this damn Vibrant. that shit is going to the woman and  her mt3g is gonna be the backup :)

  • monlosez

    I guess Madfinger stick with Tegra platform.

  • godrilla

    Nexus 3 ?

  • Trdracer21

    were are the games for the tegra 2 already jumping to 3

  • Sprinter

    good thing Chainfire3D is out for us sammy folks to play those tegra xx made games. =D

    • Rexoverbey

      Ya with missing textures, pop-in, bugs, crashes, and half of them not working.  No thanks.  I will stick with a TRUE tegra device not emulation. 

  • Khalid.H

    the game’s description just screams “this game is all pretty graphics but shitty gameplay and crappy controls like all other phone games out there”. i feel sad for this generation of gamers.

  • MustWarnOthers

    Ugh, yay another fragmentation issue for Android.

    So now on top of having to deal with fragmented android versions, we have to deal with fragmented Open GL engine standards.  Nvidia is pushing theirs, which is incompatible with other mobile processors/GPU’s.

    Every single phone could play every single game, if they all just used the Open GL 2.0 standard, but apparently that’s too much to fucking ask.

  • android since G1

    I just don’t get it were still barely into tegra 2 nice to meet you and they already announcing tegra 3. Compatible games? Nvidia don’t flood the market with tablets running tegra processors. Get it right first. Sheesh……..