Android Central @ CES

During theCES 2014 announcement of the new Tegra K1 processor, NVIDIA showed a full console title, Trine 2, running perfectly fine in a mobile form factor. We wanted to check this out for ourselves, and sure enough it didn’t disappoint. Though our demo guy has some trouble with platformers, the graphics quality speaks for itself.

The biggest point NVIDIA made to us here was pointing to previous efforts to port console games to Android. In short, they take forever because the rendering engines are so different between platforms; just look at how long it took for the GTA games to find their way over to Android compared to when the original games first released.  

NVIDIA has bent the definition of a processor core just a little bit to benefit the marketability of the new K1 architecture, but that doesn’t change the end result: gamers get console-quality titles on their mobile devices, and developers can publish cross-platform faster than ever — assuming manufacturers are eager enough to include Tegra K1 in their devices, that is.  

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Up close and personal with Trine 2 running on NVIDIA Tegra K1


" just look at how long it took for the GTA games to find their way over to Android compared to when the original games first released."

Wait a sec... GTA 3 was released on Android late 2011. The first android phone was the HTC Dream and didn't even have the power to get the recommended PC requirements and it launched in late 2008. So about 3 years to get GTA on a phone. That's not bad considering the crappy hardware at the time.

Still, this new chip is a huge jump over current mobile GPU's.

That just goes to show how old the Xbox 360 hardware really is. Now we have mobile chips that can surpass it.

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This is why this new generation of consoles life span will not be that of current gen, if they wait 7-8 years again for a console release then I would dare say that mobile technology will be more advanced In half that time and be much more powerful than the Xbox One or PS4

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Looks like framerate takes a big hit though. I wonder what the battery life is when not connected to a charger. Still, good show nvidia!

The framerate of the device used to capture that video is most-likely much lower that that of the game itself. You would have to see the game in person to see its actual framerate.

Don't forget it'll be running at 1080p the xbobx would be at 720 so not a fair comparison. Also judging by serious Sam I don't think the drivers are up to scratch yet.

OUYA 2.0 ...Just sayin

Here's hoping the second OUYA shows as much of a night and day difference as the first and second iPad Mini.

If Google wants to release a low cost and small Android TV box that will compete with OUYO and function similar to the Xbox One, this is the type of tech they need. It won't have all the power of the new consoles but if it comes with a camera, works with voice commands (Google Now), has TV pass through, includes Chromecast functionality, and is around $250 or less, I would get one.