Qualcomm shows how the TouchPad juggles HVAR and SMS (rockets and text messages) 54
What do HVARs fired off the wings of a Vought F4U Corsair and your text messages have in common? Not much, except that you can tackle the tricky intricacies of both on an HP TouchPad. Qualcomm was present at GDC 2011 last week to show off their new APQ8060 Snapdragon processor and Adreno 220 GPU, and they had little choice but to use the only device available with the chipset: the TouchPad.
The demo given to Engadget consisted of flying around, crashing, and shooting stuff in Polarbit’s Armageddon Squadron II (a follow-up to the successful Armageddon Squadron II) and then jumping right to a text message received from a paired HP Pre 3 (and unlike the BlackBerry PlayBook, the game smartly pauses). All-in-all it’s slick, and the textures and lighting in Armageddon Squadron II look to be pretty darned sick. Then again, that’s what you can pull off when you’ve got webOS 3.0 and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor powering things.
Qualcomm was also showing off a trailer for SouthEnd Interactive's Desert Winds, a fantastical game wherein you play a sword-weilding woman hacking and slashing your way through some sort of enormous mutant scorpion thing. Graphics appear to be of tablet quality, but the lighting effects are pretty darned impressive. If they can pull it off on something like the TouchPad we'll be mighty impressed, not to mention draining our bank accounts and losing all concept of time and touch with reality. Video of the demo, and video of the trailer (or, y'know, just the trailer) are at the source link below.