NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2005 – The era of multi-core PC gaming is here
and at the Intel-sponsored Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) World
Tour Grand Finals some of the best players, hardware and software come
“We have spent the last year empowering more than 10,000 software
developers with thousands of multi-core development platforms,” said
Bill Kirby, director of planning in Intel’s Software and Solutions
Group. “We are now beginning to see the new threaded applications and
multi-core platforms gamers have been waiting for.”
Intel’s multi-core processors, such as the Intel Pentium processor
Extreme Edition, let software developers add features to their games
that create more realistic experiences. The ability to run different
threads – or components – of the game in parallel can not only make the
game run faster, but can also make it more engaging.
“In Black & White* 2, multi-core technology enabled our
development team to move the entire physics engine – the component that
makes game objects behave like real-life objects – to a separate
thread,” said Tim Rance, chief technology officer of Lionhead* studios.
“As a result, we have managed to run many more objects in the physics
simulation so complex scenes appear much more realistic. We also
utilized multi-core capabilities in our title The Movies* and are
excited about the future of multi-core processing.”
Another exciting PC game available for the holidays, City of
Villains* by NCsoft* North America, also benefited from work with
Intel’s software team.
“Thanks to Intel multi-core development systems and tools, we are
creating cutting-edge games that benefit from these new technologies,”
said Jeremy Gaffney, vice president of Product Development at NCsoft.
“We see appreciable differences in frames per second and rendering
times thanks to the threaded game engine technology.”
Additional multi-core gaming titles are listed at www.intel.com/go/gaming.
Here at the CPL World Tour Grand Finals in New York, enthusiasm for
the future of gaming has never been stronger. “The Pentium processor
Extreme Edition offers us a great gaming experience and gives us an
edge in competition,” said FNATIC’s Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager, the top
seed at the CPL World Tour Grand Finals. “And we are really excited to
run the new Intel 975X Express chipset-based platform through its
New Extreme Performance Gaming Platform
Just released, the Intel 975X Express chipset platform provides a
high-performance, customizable gaming experience. For the enthusiast,
the Intel 975X Express chipset platform offers dual graphics capability
– allowing two graphics cards to power a game simultaneously – for the
most demanding games and gamers. This platform will be available soon
from various manufacturers and more information is available at www.intel.com/products/desktop/chipsets/.
Source: Intel Press Release