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Enjoy Dead Trigger in Full Tegra 3 Glory without a Tegra 3
If you enjoy gaming in this day and age, you have certainly come across a few FPS (first person shooter) games. In recent times, it seems like the idea of a post-apocalyptic zombie future is prime material for the genre. With this in mind, we now introduce to you Dead Trigger, which for all practical purposes is a game that features you trying to survive against the walking dead. This game was introduced as part of the marketing campaign to further promote Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, which is featured in several devices such as the One X, Asus Transformer Infinity, and a few others. The extra punch provided by the GPU enables an ultra-rich and nearly lag-free experience, resembling the closest thing to PC gaming with a mobile phone—or so they would have you (and I) believe.
XDA Forum Member sgaheer posted a link in the EVO 3D section with a work-around to enable the ultimate-rich graphics we described previously for this game. As it turns out, you do not need a Tegra 3 device to enjoy Tegra-specific games in their full glory, but the software is written in such a way that these details are hidden when non-Tegra 3 devices are used. Calling this a shady practice would be an understatement, but I guess that is a rant for a different article, for which we may want to invite Linus Torvalds to share his views.
In any case, the guide itself is relatively simple to follow. You will need to have a rooted device and some sort of file manager capable of gaining access to the root folder (Solid Explorer and ES File Explorer are good and free). Also, you will need to do some minor (and I do mean minor) editing of an .xml file.
It’s quite simple, and there are several reports in the thread that the “hack” works wonderfully well. Please provide your feedback and your game experience on your “unworthy” non-Tegra devices.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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