Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II now available in the Google Play Store; comes infused with Tegra-optimized graphics


Sega has officially announced the launch of the second episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 for Android. It continues where episode one left off as you control Sonic and lead Tails on a fast-paced, ring-filled journey. The Tegra 3 version of this game will impress you with higher resolution textures, more on-screen objects, and better lighting.

Those improved graphics will really shine through on a tablet. Playing it on the Transformer Prime was a thrill and all of that screen real estate makes you appreciate the time and effort that went into optimizing the game to take advantage of the quad-core GeForce-equipped Tegra 3 processor.

Having played Episode one on my Xbox 360, I can say that these graphics are comparable, if not nearly identical. I almost feel like I shouldn’t even be purchasing the console version as I’d be able to take the Tegra 3 version on the go, and I could use my tablet as a console via HDMI and a wireless controller if need be.

Don’t have a Tegra 3 device? Well, you have a chance to win one thanks to NVIDIA’s Player’s Choice Awards voting sweepstakes. If you submit your votes for the best Tegra games in three different categories, you’ll be entered to win one of seven Transformer Prize Packs, including an ASUS Transformer Pad 300, a wireless game controller from Logitech, and a Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth boombox.

Get your votes in by clicking here or by snapping the QR code you see below. We’ll also be holding our second contest and announcing the winner of the first contest tomorrow so stay tuned for that! As for Sonic 4: Episode II, find that in TegraZone and in the Google Play  Store.

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. I wonder when there will be a hack so that non tegra games will be able to play the tegra “optimized” versions. So far between all the tegra and non tegra version I see a few graphical eye candy addons that a similar GPU like that of the S4 or the Exynos could handle just as well

    1. Well, I don’t know if this is related, but there is Chainfire3D, which allows Tegra games like Sprinkle and 9mm to be played on the SGS2 (among other 1ghz+ devices). If I didn’t quite get what you meant, then maybe some smart cookie over on XDA forums is working on something?

  2. Not compatible with Xoom tablet.. Is it just the Quad Core Tegra that it’s compatible with?

  3. I wonder if this’ll work with the Tegra3 powered HTC One X?

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