Nvidia believes in Ion success
According to Nvidia the Ion platform will be a great success. Comparing the statements of popular software producers the project seems to be rather promising.
When presenting a new piece of hardware it is always important to have software producers in the background who support the project. Nvidia has published some statements of popular software producers about the Ion platform and confirmed summer 2009 as release date. So far it has been assumed that first Nvidia Ion systems would be available in April already.
Games and software for Nvidia Ion
According to Nvidia games such as Spore, Call of Duty 4, Battlefield 2, Battlefield Heroes and Lego: Batman should run on Ion PCs with playable Fps rates. Furthermore software applications such as Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Cyberlink Power DVD should run on Ion systems, too.
Microsoft believes that Nvidia Ion makes a "comprehensive library of Games for Windows titles” accessible. An EA spokesman even assumes that Nvidia Ion will "change the PC gaming market”. A Google Earth developer is "very impressed how well Google Earth runs on low-priced PCs with Ion graphics processors”.
PC Games Hardware reckons to publish a first Nvidia Ion test in April. Products of Nvidia partners will probably be presented in April, too.
Background Nvidia Ion
As is generally known the Nvidia Ion consists of a Geforce 9400/9400 M and Intel's Atom CPU. In combination with an Atom CPU (single- or dual-core) the single chip design shall enable playing back HD films as well as GPU acceleration for undemanding games and applications. Much more information about the technical details of Nvidia's Ion can be found in our preview.