Aspyr Talks about more Universal Binary Games

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by LimeiBook86, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Here's a little part of the Aspyr newsletter I recieved in my e-mail today. It has to do with some games being released as a Universal Binary so they can run on a PowerPC or Intel Macintoshes. :D

    "Having completed a thorough test of all our
    older games on Intel Macs, we'll now move to some of the other titles.
    Some of the games most likely to have Universal updates are Rollercoaster
    Tycoon 3, SimCity(TM) 4, Call of Duty(TM), and Command & Conquer(TM)
    Exact details will be announced soon.

    One of the other interesting projects we've recently undertaken has been
    moving the SMP (multi-processor) support for Quake 4(TM) from the beta
    patch released for Windows to the OS X version. Our initial work has shown
    amazing results, and we hope to have the dual processor aware version of
    Quake 4(TM) Mac ready to release in late March. Historically it has been
    difficult for many games to get a speed boost from dual processors, but
    having access to a very well engineered codebase that is SMP aware on the
    PC has really helped in this case. Keep an eye on your favorite Mac games
    sites for the Quake 4(TM) SMP patch!

    Universal patches for Shrek 2(TM) and Spiderman 2(TM) were released in
    early March. These allow the games to have much better performance on
    Intel Macs. The Sims(TM) 2 Universal patch and Civ� 3 Complete Universal
    patches should also be available about the time you read this. These
    patches and other updates can be found at

    It seems like they are trying to port more games to the Intel Macs. Nothing is set in stone yet but, it looks like they're trying to get as many games as possible out as a Universal Binary. Looks like it's time to update the Mac Guides section of Universal Binary Games.;)

    Update: I've updated the Mac Guides UB Game list but, if I made any mistakes feel free to edit them ;)
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2004
    Peoria/Chicago, IL
    That's great news. I'll be glad to see how COD plays on my new Intel iMac. It runs good under Rosetta but I'd like to see how it will run once the binary is out.
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2003
    Cambridge, England
    Generals would truly be fantastic. Let's hope it's soon
  4. macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2005
    hi, i see this "universal binary" thing said a lot round here, but i don't know what it means :/

    can anyone help me out? i feel (yet again) stupid! : ]

  5. macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    cartoonfox – a Universal Binary is an app that's written to work on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. :)
  6. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    It means that the application is compiled so that it runs at full speed on both a Mac with an Intel processor and on a Mac with a PowerPC processor.

    If an application isn't a universal binary, it is compiled for the PowerPC processor and will only run full speed on a PowerPC based Mac. Mac OS X includes a technology called Rosetta that lets Intel based Macs run most non-universal apps by translating the PowerPC machine language to Intel machine language as needed. This will slow down the application.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    Hopefully they will have RCT3 Universal by the time I get an intel Mac. :D One of the several things that stopped me from getting a MBP. (that is NOT the most important reason though)
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004

    This topic was started a long time ago, and it states The Sims 2 Universal patch should be available, but I can't seem to find this anywhere??
  9. thread starter macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Aspyr named the Sims 2 as one of the first UB projects they were working on, it was mentioned in an article about UB games here:
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004

    Yeah, but it says the patches are available---but I see no mention of the UB patches available on their site?

  11. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    same here. i also do not see any patches for the sims2. I have the game and and very anxious to play it on my MBP at full speed. Hurry ASPYR!

  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Maybe they will finally fix the problem of Sim City 4 not working right on 10.4.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2005
    Come on aspyr I'm gagging for the universal patch!!!

    No sign of it now....
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2003
    Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    United Offensive

    I assume that if they release a UB for Call of Duty, that they'd do the same for it's divine expansion pack, United Offensive. Just got my 1.83 Duo Core today and I can't wait. UO plays fine but have to turn down the settings.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2004
    I can't wait to get Quake 4 for the Mac...and then get the PC version and see which is faster.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2006
    sim city 4

    I been using simcity 4 it seems to be work good for me on my intel macbook pro
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    The Universal patch has been available since mid-May.*

    On the Sims 2 page, click "The Sims 2 Universal Binary Update." You have to download it from MacGameFiles.

    *I only mention this because it's really annoying how Aspyr didn't mention a thing.
  18. macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2006
    i think they dropped the project for the CoD binary...
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2006
    C&C patch before Christmas?

    "We do plan to provide a UB patch for this title, but since we have very many patches in the works, and this is only one of them, I really can't give you any release dates. The best way to keep informed about patch updates is to sign up for our newsletter [...]"

    This is a response by Aspyr to an enquiry as to when we might see a UB patch for C&C as well as Zero.

    Will this patch ever arrive???!!!
  20. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    I bought my imac in Jan, bought Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 same time, i'm still waiting for universal version 6 months later :rolleyes:
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
  22. macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I've also been waiting for some kind of Sim City 4 patch. There were several earlier threads talking about people asking Asyr to fix the PowerPC problems, but getting responses like "Not going to happen". I've given up on the game, as well as Asyr, but this new universal patch movement has me thinking.

    What are the chances that a universal patch for SC4 would also fix issues with PowerPC? If the problems were 10.4 specific, perhaps they'll have to be addressed cross platform? Does anyone have a more informed opinion about this? Is there a possibility a universal patch would fix the horrible problems for the rest of us lowly PowerPC users?
  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2005
    Washington DC
    Well, the Civ 3 complete UB patch isn't out yet... so I guess they weren't right. But it's good to see Aspyr fixing up some good games.
  24. macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    I too am waiting for the Civ 3 complete UB patch. The game won't even play on my MB with 2GB ram. It crashes less than 5 minutes in. Maybe I have bad RAM?
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Where is the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 Patch?

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