MacWorld Expo Roundup
6:00 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story
Macworld Expo shows are never boring, and even the most PC-centric websites often take interest in the debut of new products from Apple. FiringSquad takes a look at Macworld from a gamer's perspective, analying what the affect of NVIDIA's entry into the Macintosh market could have on ATi's stranglehold on the Mac OEM 3D hardware market. As we all know, ATi has been Apple's sole supplier of graphics chips for several years now, and many users are tired of their lackluster support (although it has improved measurably in the recent past). With NVIDIA on the scene, the competition for the hearts of Mac gamers is heating up, as evidenced by the PR benchmark wars which took place during Macworld San Francisco. Here is FiringSquad's take on the situation:
NVIDIA's entrance into ATI's once exclusive Mac club will have a significant impact on the industry. With Mac graphics technology powered by the graphics providers for the Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube, the Mac platform will soon earn the respect it needs to become a gaming platform. If you are looking for a more in-depth and technical look at the new products introduced at San Francisco, take a gander at John Siracusa's recap of MacWorld at ArsTechnica. He does an excellent job of detailing each part of Steve Jobs' keynote, spelling out the pros and cons of the new hardware and software. Although the article is a bit lengthy at ten pages, it is well worth the read if you missed the keynote address.
MacWorld Coverage at ArsTechnica
NVIDIA's momentum and success with the Detonator architecture will prevent ATI from being complacent on the Macintosh and put both companies into a fierce competition that'll lead to new products and better drivers.
MacWorld Roundup at FiringSquad
Recent Mac Games News
Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Monday, January 15, 2001
Friday, January 12, 2001
Thursday, January 11, 2001
Wednesday, January 10, 2001
Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.