Video: How to play Tegra games without Tegra

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Nvidia's Tegra is truly one tricked-out processor that supports some of the latest and greatest Android games. But what if you wanted to play next-gen titles on older, non-Tegra hardware?

Of course, buying a new smartphone or tablet would be the best option, but well, times are kind of rough and not everyone can afford to spring for fresh gear.

Fortunately, XDA-Dev members have coded an intermediary OpenGL driver which can be used to play (some) Tegra-specific games on non-Tegra Android devices.

Known as Chainfire3D, the driver sits between your apps and the graphics drivers, and can intercept and/or change commands between the two. It also boasts some built-in functions, and can be further extended with plugins to provide extra functionality.

Obviously, not all Tegra games work on every Android device with Chainfire 3D - and you still have to configure whatever you download correctly after using the "fix market settings" feature. 

But hey, if you don’t want to shell out the cash for a new device and have the time, you just might want to give Chainfire3D a try here.

Note: Chainfire3D is not compatible with Android Honeycomb.

[Via XDA-Devs & Android Police]