Nvidia claims new Tegra K1 mobile chip outperforms Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Latest mobile chip also runs Unreal Engine 4.

Nvidia has unveiled its next-generation mobile processor, the Tegra K1, at a CES 2014 press conference, with the chipmaker boasting performance that can outperform the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The K1 is based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture, the same architecture used in its latest series of desktop GeForce graphics cards. The K1 features 192 CUDA cores and supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4. It will be available in either a quad-core 32-bit A15 ARM CPU or a proprietary Nvidia 64-bit CPU based on its upcoming Denver CPU architecture.

The company added that the 32-bit version is due to be released in the first half of 2014, with the 64-bit one arriving in the second half of the year. Pricing was not mentioned for either model.

In demonstrating the new technology, Nvidia showed videos of the chip's ability to perform whizzy technical effects such as HDR lighting, particles, rim lighting, and the ability to run Unreal Engine 4. "We can take applications that run on PC or console and run it on Tegra," said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney in a statement.

"From here onward, I think we're going to see the performance and feature gap between mobile and PC high-end gaming continue to narrow to the point where the difference between the platforms really blurs."

Sweeney, who is admittedly speaking as part of the Nvidia publicity machine, added that he didn't think mobile technology would reach this point for another 3 or 4 years.

No specific devices making use of the Tegra K1 have yet been announced, but Nvidia said it expects to see the chip incorporated into tablets, smartphones, and Android consoles.

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Christopher Gibbs
Christopher Gibbs

Fantastic, the PS3 was also more powerfull then the Xbox and the Wii and yet it brought Sony on the brink of total failure, burning through their money like wild fire. The ps4 raised zero gaming standards considering the pc, its gamepad is still vastly inferior to the multiawarded xbox one. The ps3 dominated perhaps only the japanese market last gen, while loosing in every single other country in the world. You make the sad mistake of thinking that graphics win every battle, might want to look up Nintendo a bit.

Jagat Patel
Jagat Patel

Now all we need is better batteries!

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

Welp. Nice to know that my laptop is officially obsolete

William Cajina
William Cajina

It is very sad to see a console die, i feel very sorry for those people that spent 500$ on their console of choice , but Sony’s PS4 has created an outstanding piece of technology, it has raised the video game industry’s standards in every possible way, the PS4 has a dedicated ALU, GDDR5 RAM and a much better video graphics card , giving a 52.7% performance advantage that the Xbox One will only dream to achieve. With the new PS4 controller, Video Game developers will be able to provide a new extra layer of immersion and further enhancing the gameplay experience to unreachable levels. Thanks to the vastly superior hardware, the PS4 will be able to deliver crisp and engaging graphics, players will be able to enjoy high quality anisotropic filters, incredible Anti-Aliasing processing and high resolution textures. It is very comforting that Sony’s priority is to provide customer satisfaction, this is reflected on their online multiplayer policies. It is no brainer that Sony will once again dominate the gaming industry for the 4th time, Sony has brought innovation to the table further demonstrating that they are simply the best at what they do, they will prevail for ages to come, because they are at the vanguard of technology. I am not a Fanboy, I like PC gaming more that console gaming, i own all the gaming platforms and a Xbox360 (which RROD). I am stating the obvious that Microsoft’s part in the video game industry will come to an end in this next generation. This is concrete proof and irrefutable evidence of PS4’s superiority.

Bruno Cabral
Bruno Cabral

Dudes why are you forgetting the major game ports to smartphones? Final Fantasy Series, GTA series, Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, Sonic, all the old iconic games, and much more!! You even have good exclusives like Final Fantasy IV After years, and even other android/IOS only series of games. Not to mention all the emulation of various consoles The smartphone can be almost like a common portable console with much better graphics

Bruno Cabral
Bruno Cabral

the fast pace of mobile evolution is the shocking thing and we have good reasons to find it shocking. I still remember the times when we had no mobile phones and now we have smartphones that are many thousands better than the computers we had back and now are just 3-5 years behind today's computers. Actually I even think the S4 is more powerfull than the Samsung laptop i'm using right now and it was released a year ago.

deadpen
deadpen

My cell phone outperforms the N64. Is bragging about being better than something that is 7 years old (that's 41 in system years right, systems age like dogs don't they?) cool? This is basically saying that blu-ray is better than vhs right?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Tegra chips tend to run like crap when they heat up. They tend to look powerful on paper, but when used for practical purposes you may as well be using an Apple chip for all the performance they provide.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

This not only means better gaming smartphones like the high-end android devices (Note how I did not mention the iTurd since it is not a gaming device despite what Eddie thinks.) but could also mean much better gaming laptops.

Joseph P. Johnson
Joseph P. Johnson

I hope it would outperform non-updated gaming systems from 7 years ago

Sndewey
Sndewey

Its going to be a while before developers take advantage of this, so if its horribly expensive its not worth it (get a PC or a next-gen console).  Also none the demos they showed off looked better than some of the stuff on the VITA and its funny that they are trying to target gamers with this new chip yet we are all here angry at them for trying to sell this shit.

Justin Keller
Justin Keller

that's great now build a time machine and release it along side the xbox and Ps3

Sndewey
Sndewey

Despite that it is significantly behind the PS4 & Xbone and is also running a OS that uses more of the devises power than last gen systems (putting it not that much further ahead than the other two) it is still very impressive that this is on mobile hard ware.  But didn't Razer try some shit like this, but didn't do well past the first few months?

rasterror
rasterror

So it outperforms a 7 and 8 year old console? That's like bragging about a 370Z out performing a 1960's Ferrari. You should expect that.

Noah Jones
Noah Jones

Congratulations nvidia, it out performs 7-8 year old hardware.

Michael Coats
Michael Coats

Too bad you couldn't have made it BEFORE the release of xbox and ps4. Maybe that's why AMD is kicking your ass.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

Is that a typo ? Does it mean XB1 and PS4 ? PS3 is from when I was in high school. Super old.

Edwin Soares Jr.
Edwin Soares Jr.

It's capable of utilizing all of the features that exist under the Direct X 11 instruction set on a 4W chip. If you watch the entire Nvidia CES keynote, it's pretty damn impressive.

Jorge Zombi
Jorge Zombi

yeah, but they have magical batteries that never get discharged. cellphones don't and they turn off when they run out of power, usually, the bigger the processing power, the bigger the power consumption. a q1 lasts 3 days, a q4 lasts 8 hours. this is like a q16, it'd probably last an hour or two.

West123
West123

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KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

No phones will have this any time soon and when they do games wont take advantage of it. Get ready for low battery life in the future... and bad phone games.

Amin Husni
Amin Husni

Not impressed until it can run PS3 games.

Samuel Cragg
Samuel Cragg

I don't know if it should even be called gaming, when I play games on my cell phone its because I am bored, and only when I am bored. When I play a video game on PC or consoles its because I am really interested about what happens next in the story. Just like picking up a book or watching a TV show

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

dont foget that android runs on linux which means not ps3/360 like performance

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

yeaph , but imaging a steam-able mobile devicer

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

thats not something nvidia need to do...

Daian
Daian

@Butt_Chunx I would imagine you're referring to ultrabooks, normally the more power you want the larger and heavier the laptop you need to get. 

CDsmasher
CDsmasher

you have a pretty low IQ don't you?

michalmis
michalmis

You realise the chip is for mobile devices right? phones n tablets? Thats an insane achievment, if it wont overheat and throttle down like tegra 4 does on the tablets ive seen...

drswank
drswank

Wow. That's reaching dude.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

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