After Google has provided a sneak peek of its new version of Android (Android L) coming later this year, It has already created quite a buzz all around. Android has always seen its pros and cons in its gaming capabilities, but after the showcase of Android Extension Pack which is coming bundled with this next version of Android. Android L comes with exciting new features and gaming capabilities for developers which might as well as be the major step taken by Android in boosting its terms of mobile gaming.
Google demoed the capabilities of the Android Extension Pack (AEP) with Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 on Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor at it I/O which was super impressive. With the new Android Extension Pack (AEP), Google wants to provide increased gaming capabilities on Android. It brings new extensions and support for advanced features of OpenGL ES, which hopes to bring PC and console level compute shaders, tessellation and lots more.
“Android Extension Pack brings an end to the gap between mobile graphics and DX11 desktop class graphics” said Google’s Burke. “It literally brings the PC gaming capabilities to your mobile system.” he said.
Nvidia is so eager in using this class of capabilities from Android. Great games need a great audience to succeed. With Android, that audience is there: this year alone, more than 1 billion people will buy an Android device. Technologies like AEP – and Tegra K1 – mean the next billion Android devices will have an even stronger foundation for gaming.” it said. And it is very clear from their statement that the next obvious step is developing new games with these class of high-end features.
What’s the role of EPIC in this? EPIC is the company behind the development of well popular Unreal Engine Technology. With the collaboration with Nvidia, they have managed to showcase some promising gaming footage at Google I/O shown above. “ In less than three weeks we were able to port content built for high-end PC and the DirectX 11 graphics API to Android and Google’s AEP (Android Expansion Pack) extensions for ES 3.1.
Developers can deliver incredible graphical complexity on a mobile chipset thanks to Tegra K1 and AEP.” said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic . Think of the extended possibilities that arise when game companies step into serious game development using these technology.