$25 Linux PC can run Quake 3

Last May a UK-based company called Raspberry Pi announced plans to release a tiny PC  the size of a USB key that costs just $25. The PC runs on a Linux based operating system. It will have a 700 MHz ARM11-based processor, 128 MB of SDRAM, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports and more. While we are still waiting for the company to release the PC, it has still been working to refine the device. Recently the company showed the tiny PC running id Software's 1999 first person shooter Quake 3 Arena (still one of the few games out there that have a native Linux port).

The video, which can be shown below, shows Quake 3 in action running off an SD card. As the developer team admits there are still some frame rate improvements that can be made but otherwise it's pretty remarkable that the team is able to run a port of this game on this device. It adds, " ... we’re hoping to show you a video of a bunch of us playing Q3 Deathmatch on some networked Raspberry Pis in a few weeks’ time – just because we can."

Meanwhile we are still awaiting word on when the first Raspberry Pi PCs will actually be released. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charitable organization, is creating these devices in order to bring more PCs to schools and students. There will be two models released; one is the $25 Model A. The Model B, which will have 256 MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet port, will sell for $35. At the moment the Raspberry Pi Foundation is targeting a November 2011 launch.

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WOW, I can't believe how many stupid people there are on Neowin. Thinking this is a games console haha!!

quake 3 is amazing haha lots of fun with it! and ofc is amazing to run it on such small device! i can also run it on my ipod touch 3g which is also amazing hehe

speedstr3789 said,
well, I can go to walmart and buy a $10.00 toy that plays all the Atari games.. I see no big deal here...

Missing the big picture. This isn't a cheap video game console, it's a cheap computer. Basically a device that's a couple inches in size that has networking, video, the works, and for ~$25. Being able to run Quake is just an interesting example, but not what it's really targeted for. Think home automation, entertainment center, security devices, thin clients, etc etc.. all sorts of possibilities for the hobbyist.

I really don't see how running a 12 year old game with performance that drops to less than 15fps(and even below 10fps) the moment any action more intense than staring at a wall happens is considered news. If it's news cause of the price of the thing, then i'm pretty sure the 1999 pc hardware you need to run quake 3(and do so at playable framerates) would only be worth about $25 nowadays as well.

Now, if they got something a little more demanding, like the the linux port of ut2004 running at a good framerate on a $25 thing like that.... then i'd be a little more impressed.

I want one. Not sure why exactly yet, but I want one, there's a whole host of things you do with one of these, it's just a case of deciding.

ckempo said,
I want one. Not sure why exactly yet, but I want one, there's a whole host of things you do with one of these, it's just a case of deciding.

I want one to put in my car

Think about it as an alternative very cheap machine in developing country.... it's powerful enough to play quake 3 game so it should be able to run browser, office program just fine.... this will open an opportunity to many poor children.

a 1999 game, wow thats... amazing? because ok, i think its stupid and useless, but oh well i guess this is good for some people. but it seems its for a good cause so good luck for them!

EmilyTheStrange said,
a 1999 game, wow thats... amazing? because ok, i think its stupid and useless, but oh well i guess this is good for some people. but it seems its for a good cause so good luck for them!

the whole point behind Raspberry Pi is to get youngsters back into learning programming at a low level, something sadly disappearing in schools and further education. How is it stupid and useless? Im sure Mr Brabham (of elite fame) doesnt seem to think so seeing as hes put his full backing behind it and is involved in this amazing little project.
As far as the tech goes, its not that far removed from a smartphone (minus the phone ability) and will have plenty other applications in the modern world. Its essentially a fully functioning microcomputer system on a key ring........getting quake to run on it was to prove its a fully fledged linux port....duh

EmilyTheStrange said,
a 1999 game, wow thats... amazing? because ok, i think its stupid and useless, but oh well i guess this is good for some people. but it seems its for a good cause so good luck for them!

Have you seen the size of that device? It's the same as a thumb drive. It's quite amazing that they stuffed so much power in there. And it's not targeted to hardcore gamers. It's meant for students who need cheap basic computers with internet access document handling on the go and maybe for developing countries. Just because you don't need it doesn't mean it's stupid.

EmilyTheStrange said,
a 1999 game, wow thats... amazing? because ok, i think its stupid and useless, but oh well i guess this is good for some people. but it seems its for a good cause so good luck for them!

The **** did you just say? In English next, please.

DerpDerp said,

The **** did you just say? In English next, please.

I believe EmilyTheStrange was saying that she isn't impressed with this news because Quake 3 was from 1999, and is therefore ancient by gaming standards. I don't think she quite understands what it means as a benchmark for this $25 device.

should partner with gog*com put out some classic games on this thingy. know a few games on gog they've gotten to run on linux. I'd assume it needs Wine.

PatrynXX said,
should partner with gog*com put out some classic games on this thingy. know a few games on gog they've gotten to run on linux. I'd assume it needs Wine.

Screw GOG, integrate the computer with Vizzed. (If at all possible.) Make it a tiny console! xD