TransGaming has announced version 6 of its Linux-based Windows game emulator software, Cedega, adding new features, functionality, and improved graphics and performance, as well as support for many new games including Bethesda's Oblivion
Cedega allows games originally created for the PC to run on Linux out of the box. With this latest release, Cedega 6.0 will support a variety of popular new PC titles, including The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Battlefield 2142
and Madden 2007
. Company officials add that the new version will also continue to support Blizzard's hugely popular MMORPG World of WarCraft
, along with many others.
Featuring an extensive list
of supported titles, the Cedega software loads a game's binary into memory on a Linux-based system. The software then links to the code that provides implementation of the Win32 APIs the title uses.
TransGaming’s Cedega product eliminates the need to redevelop games for the Linux platform, allowing Linux users to play popular PC games without having to wait on releases specifically engineers for the Linux environment. Cedega is available through TransGaming’s subscription service or through a number of global resellers and OEM partners.
“We’ve completed some very significant development with Cedega 6.0, introducing new technology and improvements to the existing engine,” commented Lucas Smithen, TransGaming's Cedega product manager.
He explained: “The addition of Shader Model 2.0 support enables recent games to be played at the highest detail settings; a superior FBO implementation provides better overall graphics performance and compatibility with DirectX 9; improvements to the ALSA support provide a better audio experience in the game and allows users to listen to their own music while in-game; and a new memory allocator, coupled with other enhancements, has improved the performance of games.”