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Adobe to bring 3D gaming to phones and tablets with Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 next month

3D disambiguation: When we say ‘3D gaming’ here, we mean it in the Super Mario 64 sense – i.e. 3D platformers – not a Nintendo 3DS sense.

Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3, due to arrive next month, promises to allow for some pretty incredible 2D and 3D titles on mobile phones and tablets. Adobe says that these new versions of Flash Player and AIR will provide “1,000 times faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10 and AIR 2,” and super-smooth 60fps animations.

For an idea of what Adobe means, take a look at this video of Pro 3’s Delta Strike.

Imagine playing something like that on your Xoom, PlayBook or iPad 2.

Big names such as EA, Zynga and Ubisoft will all be developing Flash titles, along with Czech-based indie developer Amantia Design, which’ll be bringing its Machinarium game (that’s already been ported to the iPad) to Android tablets and the BlackBerry PlayBook pretty soon.

Adobe also claims that “feature-length, cinema-quality HD video through the Web” will be possible in mobile apps, which sounds pretty amazing – we wonder how much that’d eat into a monthly data plan though. One saved for when you’re connected to Wi-Fi perhaps.

Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be available next month across devices and OSs including Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, iOS (via AIR) as well as Windows and Mac OS machines. Mobile gaming looks set to get even better throughout 2011 and beyond.

Source: Adobe


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