Breakthrough in Cross-Platform Game Delivery
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At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, TransGaming Technologies and Transitive Technologies will be unveiling a game-porting technology that can allow Windows-based x86 games to be simultaneously released onto multiple platforms including Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, set-top boxes, PDAs and wireless devices.
Transitive has have developed a technology called Dynamite that allows binary code compiled for one CPU architecture to run on another, completely different CPU architecture. The technology offers proprietary algorithms for optimizing the code to run at near native performance or even better. All of the translation and optimization is completely transparent to the user. The application will function exactly as expected with no awareness that Dynamite is even executing in the background.
Transgaming has developed a Windows compatibility layer that allows Win32 APIs to run on top of UNIX and X-Windows. Using this technology, Transgaming was able to shipp an optimized Linux version of The Sims in just eight weeks after receiving source code.
Here's more from the press release:
Vikas Gupta, President and COO of TransGaming stated, "Our portability technology allows applications originally designed for PCs to run seamlessly and transparently on alternate platforms without the need for an expensive and time-consuming overhaul of the source code. What other companies can accomplish in two years of re-engineering, our technology can accomplish within two months." Gupta made this announcement to game developers and publishers at the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), here.IMG is heading to E3 and we'll be sure to bring you more about this exciting new technology in the coming days.
"We are delighted to collaborate with TransGaming to expand their product market," says John Graham, Transitive's President and CEO. "It is a clear example of how Transitive's translation and optimization product, Dynamite, allows developers to migrate content to other platforms, reducing their costs and giving consumers wider choice and access to content."
TransGaming and Transitive have developed a technology that allows portability faster, cheaper, and better than anyone else. "Imagine being able to release an award-winning game on the PC, Mac, and PlayStation 2 simultaneously." Mr. Gupta remarked. "The solution leverages the large investment made in product development, marketing and content, while realizing deep market penetration for a fraction of the cost of developing for each platform independently. Now imagine taking games to set-top boxes, wireless and PDA devices."
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