GLSetup Gains Support from ATI
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GLSetup is well known to PC users, but it has a much lower if not non-existent profile for Mac gamers; however a recent move by ATI may bridge this gap. GLSetup is a tool which ensures gamers get the optimum performance from their graphics cards by detecting the hardware and installing the appropriate OpenGL drivers. This has been of major importance on the PC side with such a variety of hardware available, often each having various driver revisions. GLSetup has been downloaded by millions of users and has shipped with such popular games as Quake 3: Arena; Serious Sam; Baldur's Gate 2; Tribes 2; Alice; Descent 3; Homeworld; Soldier of Fortune; and many others. It is also free for developers to include the roughly 80Mb package on their game cd's, simplifying driver distribution issues and making life a lot easier for your average gamer.
ATI today announced that they will be supporting GLSetup, another move which proves their commitment to the 3D graphics industry and OpenGL itself and something which can only be good news for Mac users. Here's what John Carmack had to say on the subject:
“ATI's support of GLSetup is a rare thing in the industry -- a company pushing stability, conformance, and a positive user experience, not just the latest benchmarks and features. With the mad rush to always sell the latest and greatest video card, trying to wring cooperation out of competing companies is a difficult task. It is great to see ATI stepping forward with support for a program that broadly benefits all 3D card users and developers.”ATI has committed funds to GLSetup to help offset the costs of programming, testing and distribution. It has also been stated that these funds will go towards longer-term projects, such as an expanded feature set and the all important development of GLSetup for Mac OS and Linux. How this move will pan out for Mac gamers is an unknown, as we don't have the level of driver complications present on the PC side because of our limited number of hardware choices and driver updates. Of course, anything that eases performance troubles for gamers will be welcome and a move towards smoothing driver and compatibility issues from ATI is no bad thing from any perspective. ATI's decision is in line with our recent conversations with team members in which they stressed that ATI plans to greatly increase the cycle of driver development and release and be much more aggressive about delivering performance upgrades.
ATI's Press Release
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