Atari announces first 64-bit game

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Atari announces first 64-bit game

AMD and Atari today announced the availability of what the firms call the first 64-bit game named “Shadow Ops: Red Mercury.” AMD did not participate in the development, but claims that the game has been optimized for Athlon 64 processors. 64-bit processing allow “a richer and more immersive gaming experience,” AMD said in a press release.

According to Wim Stocks, executive vice president of Atari, 32-bit code alone would not have enabled Atari “to offer THX 5.1 acoustic sound with every level of detail enabled and still maintain a playable game.”

The game requires a version of Microsoft’s Windows XP Pro x86 Edition on an AMD64 platform equipped with releant drivers (a demo of the OS is available here).