E3 2011: We Take a Look at Qualcomm’s Desert Winds, And Chris Poses With Their Cosplay Model [Video]


A few months ago, I told you folks about Desert Winds, an action game from Qualcomm that would be the first to flex the Adreno 220’s muscles. The GPU is said to be able to match the power of the ones inside the Playstation 2 and the original Xbox, and that it could potentially pass those consoles with the right combination of tender love and care. They have been working on the game and, to everyone’s surprise, have optimized it for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY.

The Play has a single core Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1GHz with an Adreno 205 GPU, considerably weaker than the 220 found inside the HTC Sensation and the HTC EVO 3D. We get a bit more gameplay than what we first saw in February, but not much has changed. Check out Chris’ look at the game on the Xperia PLAY above.

Oh, and there’s a little “awkward” bonus at the end, if you care.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Move character with dpad, but do actions with onscreen buttons? something’s wrong there.

  2. I’m at E3. Where is Chris? Like to chat phandroid with him.

    1. I’m at E3, also! Where are you?  I’d like to chat creepy comments with you while I eat peeled grapes and sit topless in a barcalounger.

      1. Now that’s creepy.

  3. the joystick pad thingys suck fat sacks.  If those were more accurate I would probably have this phone.

  4. I don’t care how pretty the graphics are if battles are just button smashing.  ESPECIALLY if you aren’t even using the four buttons located much more conveniently.

  5. just buy a psp vita device ( quad core) for $250 and use your high end android phone for a wifi hotspot, you get great graphics/ great controls on the go and 4g  speeds! did i mention its only $250.

    1. OR get a kal-el powered phone or tablet and forget anything and everything else.

    2. Kelal will be the most powerful mobile chip to date even more powerful then a9 quad core /quad gpu cores in psvita, the kelal chips has quad core/12 core gpus. The only problem is playstation will have more games ( probably expensive) vs android less developers for now.

  6. All these new phones and soc’s make me depressed. I can’t afford to buy a new phone every nine months! damn product cycle it’s too fast for a two year contract! I think the vita it’s my best bet along with my droid X. Wich will be the bionic or the x 3 or anything on verizon with the best specs.
    Right now it’s the X2 but that will change with the galaxy 2 and droid 3 and bionic and whatever htc will be offering.

    1. Also, batteries. Most phones barely go beyond 15 hours with “normal usage”. Last time I counted the hours my DS lived on a single charge, it was a little over 17 hours. I don’t think any “gaming” phone/tablet can top that.
      Yes, having one device to do everything in your pocket is nice. Having a dead brick in your pocket because of a dead battery isn’t as nice.

      1. It’s because phones and tablets don’t have an “only gaming” choice.
        They should let you put everything on your phone into sleep mode when your playing higher end games. So that you get an led notification and nothing else. No background processes. No syncing nothing but gaming. Then when you are done or pause, your given the choice to come put of sleep miss or restore functionality.
        Notice how ps3 reboots to the “xmb” after you close the game. thats because all processes accept notifications are disabled and the game it’s launched free of any clutter. Android needs this.

  7. Maybe an app that lets you add all the high end games to a list that allows those games to shut down the whole os besides the api’s and programming needed to run games

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