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OpenGL 4.1 Specification Announced 167

WesternActor writes "The Khronos Group has announced full details for the OpenGL 4.1 specification. Among the new features of the spec, which comes just five months after the release of the 4.0 specification, is full support for OpenGL ES, which simplifies porting between mobile and desktop platforms. It'll be interesting to see what effect, if any, this new spec has on the graphics industry — more compatibility could change the way many embedded systems are designed. There are lots of other changes and additions in the spec, as well." Reader suraj.sun contributes insight from Ars, which brings OpenGL's competition into focus: "OpenGL 4.0 brought feature parity with Direct3D 11's new features — in particular, compute shaders and tessellation — and with 4.1, the Khronos Group claims that it is surpassing the functionality offered in Microsoft's 3D API. ... Whether this truly constitutes a leapfrogging of Direct3D 11 is not obvious."
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OpenGL 4.1 Specification Announced

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    But, how does this benefit porn viewing?

  • Why use pseudo-words like "leapfrogging" when real words like "surpassing" or "overtaking" work just fine?

    • Re:Buzz-speak (Score:5, Informative)

      by Speare ( 84249 ) on Monday July 26, 2010 @10:05PM (#33039538) Homepage Journal

      Why use pseudo-words like "leapfrogging" when real words like "surpassing" or "overtaking" work just fine?

      Leapfrog is a very old and well-known children's game which involves people continually taking the lead by surpassing (jumping over) their playmate. It has a connotation of an endless arms race or continual exchange of leadership in the marketplace. I think the use of the word "leapfrogging" here is perfectly apt. Idiom is a part of the language, and when properly used, gives another layer of nuance to the communication.

    • Re:Buzz-speak (Score:5, Insightful)

      by cas2000 ( 148703 ) on Monday July 26, 2010 @11:27PM (#33040148)

      why use the made up word "pseudo-words" when the real phrase "made up words" works just fine?

      and why use the word "fine" when there are dozens of synonyms or near-synonyms that work just as well?

    • Or even "pwning".
  • by ciaran_o_riordan ( 662132 ) on Monday July 26, 2010 @10:01PM (#33039496) Homepage

    Anyone following this enough to know if attempts were made to resolve the patent issues?

    * http://en.swpat.org/wiki/OpenGL [swpat.org]

    Or did new issues surface? Any pointers would be appreciated, thanks.

  • by Luckyo ( 1726890 ) on Monday July 26, 2010 @11:35PM (#33040190)

    The blending of OGL and OGL ES is huge - it essentially underscores that smart phones are now a major 3D gaming platform. I'm really surprised that most poeple here are talking about PC support rather then note the fact that essentially any PC game built for OGL can be ported far more easily to moble platforms now.

    Additionally with Nokia's Meego and Google's Android being essentially modified Linux and both likely offering support for this, this may give us a renaissance of linux gaming. And by this I mean proper linux gaming and not "wine" gaming.

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