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Cristiano
12-22-2003, 07:17 AM
Hi,
I'm trying to find an alternative to buy a graphic workstation to develop games with OpenGL...does anybody knows of graphic consoles supporting OpenGL?

dorbie
12-22-2003, 10:10 AM
Based on your other question I assume by "graphics console" do you mean a game console.

Game consoles are developed for using PCs for the development environment (compilers etc). So even if you could do this you'd need a PC.

A PC is enough to develop graphics for on it's own, so you don't need a console.
To learn graphics & development you just need a PC with a graphics card, prefferable a relatively new card but the graphics hardware can be entry level for < $100. The PC can pretty much be anything you can lay your hands on, prefferably an AGP slot or better.

You can get a very capable new PC for around $500 or so but these tend to come with integrated graphics (because it's cheap) but even the integrated graphics now are quite decent.
http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/products/story/0,24330,3411504,00.html

You can go even lower end than this, if you just want to learn. If you already have a monitor etc, then you may be able to do even better. With any PC you can learn and develop for OpenGL.

Look here for a guide to really cheap PC options: http://www.savetz.com/cheappc/

A PC is really the best option, Linux would probably be the cheapest option there too, you'd get compiles etc for free.

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dorbie
12-22-2003, 10:32 AM
P.S. look here for XBOX stuff, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're starting out. Just go the PC route. It would take a PC to get started and probably even actively participate in this scene anyway:

http://www.xbox-scene.com/tutorials.php


[This message has been edited by dorbie (edited 12-22-2003).]