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Raspberry Pi $25 PC runs Quake III


The Raspberry Pi $25 PC has been one of our favorite computing projects to come along in some time. We’ve tracked the development of it from a concept USB stick to a device in alpha production to something that actually runs Linux and exists in quite close to the form that its designers originally intended. So what’s next for the Raspberry Pi project? Now it runs Quake.

In the video above you can see a demo of the tiny ARM-powered system running Quake III at 1080p (1920×1080) with 4x antialiasing. It runs through the demo at a frame rate that varies from 10-30 fps, which is on the low end of being playable. It’s worth noting though that Quake works great at lower framerates and without AA (as many competitive players would tell you), so while this demo works as a way to push the system, the Raspberry Pi most certainly can handle this game as well as many others.

The narrator tells us that the testers found these numbers to be a bit disappointing given their hardware and expectations set by past runs through the demo. He said that there might be a floating point library issue that was preventing the Raspberry Pi system from getting to peak performance levels. But, hey, that’s why they run these tests before hitting production, right?

In the blog post that ran with video just two other important details were mentioned. The first was that the Raspberry Pi runs cool to the touch (even while gaming), so it’s fine for use with plastic cases as would make with a 3D printer.

The big reveal was that the RP runs the Broadcom BCM2835 application processor. The is the same SoC that the Roku 2 XS is said to run. Broadcom’s specs for the chip are not available yet.

Big picture: The Raspberry Pi is looking quite impressive for a $25 computer. It’s going to be more versatile than many people would have guessed and its size, combined with minimal heat output and power demands, means that it will be able to be crammed in all sorts of tight spots and be used in some incredibly clever situations.