Intel, Square Enix Team to Improve PC, Mobile Gaming

Intel Corp. and Japanese game developer/publisher Square Enix Co. Ltd. announced that they will work together to improve online and offline gaming experiences on PCs, mobile phones and PDAs. The collaboration is intended to produce long-term benefits for gamers and other end-users.

Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology, which allows Pentium 4 processor-based PCs to perform multiple complex tasks at the same time with greater responsiveness, and software tools help PC applications run on Intel XScale technology-based handhelds or Intel Xeon-based servers. Square Enix will develop games designed to fully utilize Intel’s processor and platform innovation.

As part of this collaboration, Intel and Square Enix plan to discuss mutual product planning, development, and joint marketing opportunities. The two companies have already collaborated on improving the gaming experience of Final Fantasy XI, Square Enix’s first cross-platform, cross-continent, massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Pentium 4 processor-based PCs. Released in May 2002 in Japan, the title has become one of the most popular online games and is available in North America starting today.