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Tuesday, December 19, 2000
3dfx RIP from Gamecenter
10:22 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

GameCenter, our network affiliate, has posted a new article detailing the rise and fall of the 3D card giant 3dfx. The piece gives a detialed history of how the company got into its position of dominance, and of course how it then lost the lead to NVIDIA. The question of 'what will happen now' is pressing on everyone's minds (especially those recent Voodoo5 owners). Here's an excerpt from the article:

Meanwhile, millions of Voodoo owners are wondering what, exactly, will happen to 3dfx. Scott Taylor, director of corporate marketing for 3dfx, indicated that the company probably won't be around much longer. "We're recommending to shareholders that the company be dissolved. If they don't approve that, then there'll be another course of action which I don't even know what that would be."

Whether Nvidia will actually use the 3dfx or Voodoo names has yet to be decided, but Perez was quick to state that the Nvidia acquisition did not include 3dfx's board manufacturing or its tech support. Currently, 3dfx retains a tech support staff, but Taylor didn't leave much hope for continued support if 3dfx is dissolved. Pried to comment on this aspect of the company's future, he finally said, "If the company's dissolved, there's not a tech support department."

The outlook for support of the Macintosh Voodoo boards looks grim. With the entire team dissolved, it's doubtful many (if any) driver updates will be released. The team isn't even sure of the legality of releasing such updates, since NVIDIA now effectively controls the Voodoo brand. This brings the question of OS X support to the forefront, though the outlook for Voodoo4/5 owners is very bleak. If we hear anything else on this subject (maybe NVIDIA will allow the former engineers to keep working on updates for free?), we'll be sure to let you know.

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