Today at CES, Palm introduced the first 3D games for its webOS phones. Seven titles from companies like EA, Gameloft, Laminar and Glu Mobile were made available for the Palm Pre webOS platform via the Palm App Catalog. The current lineup of games include Need for Speed Undercover, The Sims 3, Monopoly, Asphalt 5: Elite Racing, Let’s Golf!, Glyder 2 and X-Plane. Tetris, Sudoku, Scrabble, The Oregon Trail and Brain Challenge were also introduced but are not yet available.
“We are very excited about the potential of webOS as a platform for mobile 3D gaming,” said Senior VP of Product Marketing, Katie Mitic. “This is a key application category, and we’ve worked closely with some of the leading game developers to deliver a great game experience for our customers.”
The developers of the games mentioned earlier have access to the Palm webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK). The PDK makes it much easier for developers to include C and C++ code into their applications and games. A public beta for the PDK will be made available in March.
“The performance of the platform allowed us to create these great games in a limited timeframe,” said Baudouin Corman, Gameloft’s vice president of publishing. “webOS allows us to deliver an outstanding gaming experience, and we look forward to bringing our best games to Palm customers worldwide.””We expect the plug-in model to play an important role in the evolution of the webOS platform, just as plug-ins have with web browsers,” said Mitic. “And with this plug-in, we are making it super-simple for developers to bring the hottest games to webOS.”