Aside from all the smart TVs and 4K resolution TVs and smart watches at last week’s CES, there was this takeaway lesson: The era of any major differentiation between mobile and desktop is coming to an end. Your mobile will soon every bit as powerful as your desktop and the only reason left to own a non-mobile desktop-like workstation, whether it be a laptop or a tower, is because you’re a professional or a gamer that just needs that kind of serious upgrade in horsepower. And the chip to take us across that bridge will be new, crazy as fuck 192 CUDA core Tegra chip. Unreal Engine 4 will be coming to this chip, which is kinda a big deal, because that’s going in your tablets and phones and Android game consoles.
NVidia just released a GPU of biblical speed, and though I could bore you with boring stats, all you need to know is that it can run Crysis 3 on max settings across 3 monitors at a resolution of 5760-1080 and the massive GT Titan graphics card can easily power four 4K resolution displays at once.
Out of all the fancy new TVs and wireless Bluetooth products at CES this year, one of the big surprises came from hardware manufacturer NVIDIA who has decided to branch out of building computer innards to make a game console. The NVIDIA Project Shield is a handheld console, with an LCD screen attached to an Xbox-like controller.
As part of the year of cheap tablets, NVIDIA and ASUS yesterday teased a 7” Tegra 3 powered Android 4 tablet for just $249. That seems to be the magic price tag right now to get tablets into people’s hands, and with a Tegra 3 chip and Android Ice Cream Sandwich, that’s a much more powerful tablet for the same price as a Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet.
So we’ve told you about how Nvidia is on the verge of launching the Tegra 3, a quad core chip for mobile devices, but what do games look like on a quad core powered mobile device? Really fucking good, like Xbox 360 in your hand sort of good.
Right now, mobile phones are sort of at a performance peak and it’s hard to imagine why one might need a phone that’s much faster, but for tablets, the sky is still the limit. Nvidia is putting the finishing touches on a quad core mobile chip called the Tegra 3, and the next version of the Asus eee Transformer should be the first to get the taste of mobile quad core power.
Right now, between the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy and other tablets that are out or are already out, there’s good reason to be skeptical. We were promised tablet computers and so far, what we got have been mostly oversized smartphones without the phone part. But this is just the beginning. By 2012 (that would be next year), Nvidia is hoping to see incredibly powerful quad-core tablets.
Even though Macs are pretty powerful machines right out of the box, they haven’t really been considered gaming computers for a long time now, mainly due to the fact that very few companies develop games for the Mac. Though with Valve introducing Steam to the Mac, it’s become obvious that not only are Macs great for gaming, but there’s a pretty big audience.