Video Courtesy of The CrackBerry.com Team
OK, folks. Put down the BrickBreaker. RIM and EA Games showed off the future of gaming for BlackBerry devices. I know, I know…gaming & BlackBerry haven’t really gone together like peanut butter & jelly. But, guess what, that is about to change. Take a look at the video above. The team at CrackBerry was kind (and quick!) enough to post this gem. This was one of the things that had developers really excited. Forget BrickBreaker. Forget Texas Hold ‘Em. The announcement that BlackBerry will begin supporting OpenGL ES may not sound like a hot bowl of awesome at first glance, but what it means sure does! OpenGL ES will soon enable 3D gaming and graphics on your BlackBerry. Let me emphasize that again…On. Your. BlackBerry!
Full Announcement from RIM:
GL ES Support Enables 3D Games and Graphics for BlackBerry Smartphones
With OpenGL ES support, Java developers will have the ability to build 3D games and graphics for BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5.0 and higher. The OpenGL ES support is available through an update of the BlackBerry® Java® Software Development Kit (BlackBerry Java SDK). A beta version of the BlackBerry Java SDK 5.0 including OpenGL ES support is available at http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/devbetasoftware/javasdk5.jsp
Now watch that video again. If today’s announcements are any indication, RIM has done a lot of listening to their customers — and listened to developers. If gaming looks anywhere near as good as what EA Games showed this morning, there are going to be some very happy BlackBerry users.