NVIDIA Claims Mobile Graphics Will Surpass Consoles Soon
GPU giant NVIDIA claims its system-on-a-chip solutions will surpass the current generation of console graphics within a couple of years.
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BY EVAN THOMAS
Mobile gaming is everywhere — and it could get a lot prettier very soon. Graphics chip maker NVIDIA told AnandTech its system-on-a-chip solutions will surpass the current generation of console graphics within a couple of years.
Their graph is logarithmic — so it shows right now, the Xbox 360 has about ten times the graphics power of current mobile phone chips. But NVIDIA says that’s going to change, and fast.
The horsepower might not be here quite yet, but Pocketables points out the display tech has already arrived .
“For what it’s worth, the Xbox 360 (usually) pumps out 720p resolution graphics during games, so all of these 720p displays that are coming out on high-end smartphones could actually make a mobile game look exactly like its console counterpart.”
And CNET points out — from a purely technological standpoint, mobile chips are already giving the 3DS and PS Vita a run for their money.
“…based on the performance upgrade brought to the new iPad, courtesy of the A5X processor, today’s top mobile chips seem to be on a level playing field (if not a bit better) than graphics found in traditional gaming portables…”
Microsoft’s next console is rumored to hit sometime next year — when it will probably reset the graphics arms race. But Ubergizmo’s not going to complain.
“… granted the Xbox 360 is pretty old especially since it was launched back in 2005, but we wouldn’t exactly say no to console-level graphics arriving on our smartphones and tablets, right?”
So, yes, console-level performance on the go would be welcomed. But Engadget points out it’ll only happen if developers get on board.
“…it reinforces the idea that smartphones and tablets of the future may stand as thoroughly enviable gaming devices -- provided that developers are willing to create enough visuals to make these things sing.”
NVIDIA’s next chip is slated to arrive early next year — and according to NVIDIA’s numbers, its graphics will be on par with the Xbox 360.