Nvidia Brings PC Quality Graphics to Mobile

At Nvidia’s CES conference tonight, they introduced their next gen mobile processor, which is significantly more powerful than anything we have seen thus far. The Tegra K1 adopts the same kepler architecture that is found in Nvidia GeForce GPU’s and features 192 CUDA graphics cores. Nvidia claims that this bridges the gap between PC and mobile, and offers roughly the same graphical performance as the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.

 

Though there are 192 cores in the device, you have two options for buying, a quad-core 32-bit system-on-a-chip based on ARM’s Cortex A15 CPU architecture and a proprietary 64-bit dual-core “Super Core CPU.” Nvidia claims that the K1 offers two times the performance of Apple’s A7 processor.

 

You can purchase these nifty little devices sometime in the first half of 2014, though you will have to wait longer for the 64-bit version, which will arrive Specific products have not been announced, but Nvidia says it has designed the chip for a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, Android games consoles, and even cars.

 

Nvidia hasn’t announced any price at this point.

 

My Opinion

I find it interesting that you can get PS4/XBO quality graphics on mobile now, but the thing is, you’ll NEVER actually see the hardware used to it’s full potential. Will it look better than the last gen of mobile? Yes. Will it look as good as a PS4/XBO game? Absolutely not.

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