I am really excited about the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook Native C/C++ SDK since it will finally provide BlackBerry developers with some low level access to hardware. RIM seems to be targeting this SDK to game developers but I doubt it will stop at that unless RIM restricts it. As we mentioned yesterday this new SDK will provide developers with low level access to OpenGL 2.0, data storage, and networking along with other features directly. In other words all the cool stuff will happen at this level. There is a reason the Tetris and Need for Speed games EA made were created with this SDK. It lets developers tap the native QNX OS without a abstraction layer in the way.
We have been hearing rumors that this SDK is coming out soon and it looks like soon is VERY soon. It looks like RIM will be releasing the BlackBerry PlayBook Native SDK at the Game Developers Conference which starts on February 28th until March 4th. RIM used to hold a developer day at this conference but it looks like they won’t this year. On the other hand RIM will be having their own John Thomas, Manager of Handheld Software Product, give a session on developing with this BlackBerry PlayBook Native C/C++ SDK for games.
Check out the details on the session below:
Getting Your Games onto the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet (Presented by BlackBerry) Speaker/s: John Thomas (BlackBerry)
Day / Time / Location: Thursday 9:00-10:00 Room 302, South Hall
Track / Format: GDC Smartphone Summit / Sponsored Session
Description: The new dual-core BlackBerry PlayBook offers professional grade gaming performance. Upcoming support for Native C/C++ applications using hardware-accelerated OpenGL opens a huge new opportunity for game developers. With Adobe Flash and AIR, and HTML5 integrated into the platform, you can start creating games immediately. Find out how you can start creating games for the BlackBerry PlayBook using the various development platforms, how you can distribute through BlackBerry App World, and ways to monetize with the BlackBerry Payments Service. Lets put the Play in BlackBerry PlayBook and learn how to qualify for your Free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!