Aspyr releases Quake 4 SMP Patch 1.2; offers significant performance gains for Intel-based Macs

Aspyr Media, Inc. has released a free update for QUAKE 4, which updates any previous version of QUAKE 4 to version 1.2 (Universal). The download (102MB) is available at

This official update addresses issues found in both multiplayer and single player since the release of the game, and includes several new multiplayer maps.

In addition to the changes and fixes outlined below, this update enables QUAKE 4 to take advantage of the SMP of Intel Core Duo Processors. Players who have computer systems with this processor will notice significant performance gains in QUAKE 4.

With the update, Intel Core Duo based Apple computers, which uses the SMP, will have a performance jump of 15 to 30 percent. In short, systems with this technology will see the game run faster and smoother than before.

As with any new technology, SMP is reliant upon several components working in unison. Such components include the motherboard, CPU, GPU, system ram and sound card.

For a complete list of changes, please see the 1.2 Patch ReadMe.

Version 1.2 changes:
– dual core support
– a fixed pure server system
– fixed widescreen and aspect ratio support
– fixed server IP information within non-dedicated server

The game is rated “M” for “Mature” by the ESRB. QUAKE 4 is available now for $49.99 through Aspyr’s Website:

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  1. It decompresses to a 124MB PowerPC-only updater application. The updater is not universal binary – LOL – but don’t worry, it updates Quake 4 to the latest universal binary.

    It also upgrades the DVD checking, so don’t run this if you are using a pirated copy. =)

  2. McFly:

    It’s interesting Mac news because all of the current intel macs have dual-core CPUs, and this version of Quake 4 is the only computer game EVER to get significant (30-50%) performance gains from a dual-core or dual-CPU computer. This is basically the big “SMP patch” that showcases the dual-core processors.

    In other words, it’s proof that dual-core CPUs are the way to go, even for gaming. It’s a good thing Apple went with Intel.

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