NVIDIA Knocks Consoles and Pushes Mobile

It may not be until 2015 when we see the next Xbox, and while console hardware remains stagnant, smartphone and PC hardware is advancing all the time. NVIDIA’s senior corporate and Tegra PR manager Bea Longworth said:

The gap is definitely closing [between consoles and phones], and that has always been the Achilles’ heel of the console — its greatest strength is it’s a stable platform, it’s very much plug and play, you don’t have to fiddle around with the hardware and have all the hassle that you might get from the PC. But that’s also its biggest disadvantage, the fact that they are static from one generation to another, and also that the technology can’t improve. Whereas with other platforms like the PC and now mobile gaming, they will be constantly moving ahead.

Longworth cites NVIDIA’s Project Kal-El, a mobile quad-core processor, as evidence of that closing gap. And the company’s participation in the mobile market is only going to increase for the foreseeable future. Longworth said “[mobile] already is extremely important to us, but in terms of the proportion of the business dedicated to that particular sector, it’s definitely going to become one of our most important businesses in the future.”

Yowza! Sounds serious. Maybe the protracted console cycle, which means new console chip contracts still haven’t been signed, combined with the advent of Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, which boast respectable graphics horsepower and threaten NVIDIA’s discrete graphics card business, is what’s pushing them to expand into other markets.

[via GamesIndustry.biz]

  1. Seriously. Consoles are great, but if we can’t upgrade them, we will see an end to the era before 2015. I don’t know if MS is actually considering the next console, but if it does to cloud, they will be thinking smartly.

  2. I don’t know about that, yeah the Xbox is getting pretty out dated, but the PS3 is just barely showing its potential. All the upcoming games like Uncharted3, Resistance 3, Twisted Metal, The Last Guardian, etc, those games are improving whats already been done on the PS3. If anything this article contradicts the game development process. Games use to take weeks to make, and people would get new games and updates monthly. But as games have become more and more complex and in-depth, the more time it has taken to develop and make games. If anyone noticed, the time that new consoles has are released has also been increased. Coincidence? I think not.

  3. I can’t see a point in any future consol except online streaming. TV is going the same direction, so games will come as a package like a TV channel… You would either rent a game for X days, or buy it or have a subscription to a certain list with games that will change from time to time… This will be easy publishing for game creators and easy access for users. And people like consoles because they are easy, where as a PC is complicated.

    So I don’t think there is really any point in making consoles in the future, just cable companies that need to wake up and smell the gold they could earn…

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