nVidia to Power Gizmondo

Gizmondo announced that the nVidia GoForce 3D 4500 wireless media processor (WMP) has been selected for the eagerly anticipated Gizmondo game pad. The Gizmondo game pad will leverage the 3D video and imaging capabilities of the GoForce 3D 4500 WMP, to provide mobile gamers with an exceptionally immersive gaming experience.

The two companies will provide content partners with development kits to enable the creation of next-level handheld content. Gizmondo and NVIDIA plan to distribute up to 500 software development kits throughout the game developer community by the end of first half, 2005.

The collaboration with nVidia is a very important strategy move by the makers of Gizmondo since the graphics maker has very good ongoing relations with most major game's developers. nVidia's long history of supporting game makers will also help Gizmondo since it will make it easier for them to create content for the console.

Because of its innovative form-factor, impressive technical specifications and strong feature-set, Gizmondo has received a great deal of industry attention this year, said Glenn Schuster, general manager, handheld products, NVIDIA Corporation. With the addition of the GoForce 3D 4500 hardware acceleration, we believe Tiger Telematics is ensuring that Gizmondo users will have a no compromise gaming experience that is as compelling as what can be achieved on any other platform.

The GoForce 3D 4500 will offload the main processor to conserve battery life. It also supports early Z calculation to reduce the amount of work done on each pixel in a scene, saving battery life while still delivering a high-quality visual experience.

Gizmondo is scheduled for launch in the UK in the fourth quarter this year.

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