webOS 1.3.5 brings along with a lot of enhancements mostly focusing on the improved download and installation of apps on the Palm Pre. However, unbeknownst to many, this latest webOS firmware also comes with a new SDL library that comes in handy when running graphic intensive games on Palm's new devices.
One such game that has been ported to the Palm Pre with the help of webOS 1.3.5 is Quake as shown on the video below.
Admittedly, it’s not as smooth and flawless as playing it on a PC, but being able to run Quake on a Palm Pre is nonetheless a remarkable achievement. More importantly, this brings forth to light the new found potential of the Palm Pre as a serious 3D gaming device thanks to Palm’s latest firmware release.
Will a mobile version of Quake be released on the Palm Pre soon? We’re not sure, and that’s beside the point already. What we’re now seriously hoping for is that developers will take into account this latest discovery and churn out apps that will take full advantage of the Pre’s 3D gaming capabilities.