Nvidia: Graphic Performance of Mobile Devices Will Surpass Xbox 360/PS3 in Two Years
Current mobile processors are already much faster than early Intel Pentium processors and their GPUs are faster than the graphic solution offered by Playstation 2. And although desktop PC continue to stay ahead of the pack, Nvidia predicts that SoC (system on a chip) GPU in mobile devices will match the graphic performance of Microsoft’s gaming console, the Xbox 360, in 2013. Traditionally, mobile devices never had the chance to match gaming console in graphics performance. However now, mobile devices are on gaming consoles’ heels. The latest speed bumps were brought by the new iPad with its A5X processor and Asus Transformer Prime, courtesy of the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Current, top smartphones and tablets might be on playing field with popular portable gaming devices such as the Sony Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.
Game developers are taking advantage of these achievements. Android and iOS devices have become essential key revenue stream for publishers and developers. Looking ahead, when mobile devices can finally match the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 in graphical prowess, there’s no telling how the gaming industry will develop. But there’s a possibility that game developers will port their console titles to major mobile platform.
However, it doesn’t mean that the gaming console industry will be doomed. The first 8th generation gaming console, the Wii U, will be released at Q4 2012, followed by the next iteration of Playstation and Xbox, either in 2013 or 2014. PS-One (PSX) emulators have been available for both iOS and Android for years, however, at this moment, a mobile emulator for PS2 is a little unlikely due to difficulty in emulating the more complex processor architecture.