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Qualcomm’s Yuen says they’ll never make a mobile chip that’s faster than a current console’s

Thursday, 31st October 2013 16:13 GMT By Phil Owen

A popular refrain we’re been hearing in tech and games circles is that consoles are sunsetting and mobile devices will be taking over the gaming scene in a few years. While not directly taking issue with that assertion, Qualcomm’s Mike Yuen did say mobile devices will never have the full power of a current-gen dedicated console.

“At some point there is a limit [for mobile devices],” Yuen told GamesIndustry. “We’re never going to build a chip that’s faster than a console – in the truest sense.”

By “in the truest sense” he’s being literal. He also takes it one step further: “The experiences will be different. The underlying technology will be there in hundreds of millions of devices, and that will increase each year. It’s just that, as a developer, I don’t think the intention is, ‘I’m going to build a Blu-ray disc’s worth of game on a mobile phone.’ That just doesn’t make sense.”

Yuen, by the way, would know about these things. Aside from working at the company that makes SnapDragon processors, he also was the mastermind behind the Zeebo device that was intended to use smartphones to power console-style gaming. That endeavor failed, but it was a bit before its time in the sense that phones weren’t uniform enough in terms of connectors they used in 2009.

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8 Comments

  1. VibraniumSpork

    Obligatory: http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/551/860/879.gif

    #1 10 months ago
  2. gomersoul

    Maybe they will, but will I give a shit? No, no I fucking won’t. Touchscreen devices are nothing more than a compromise between all the features they offer. A dedicated gaming console will always be better at just that, gaming. So I will never swap my ps4 for an iPhone

    #2 10 months ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    Well that’s rubbish…

    If I made a mobile ship, it would be super fast over the waves, like a jet ski.

    Much faster than a console’s ship, of course, which just sinks, because it’s got no propellers.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. mistermogul

    @2 – lol!

    Also “A popular refrain we’re been hearing…”

    #4 10 months ago
  5. ps4fanboy

    atlast someone spoke out the truth about the processing power of mobiles

    #5 10 months ago
  6. pukem0n

    the title of this news is giving me a headache, even as a non natively english speaking person…

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Uncontested

    I see the editors are taking the day off on Halloween, lol.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. CPC_RedDawn

    Proof reading went out the window with this article.

    But seriously, this guy from Qualcomm talks complete and utter shit.

    He is just trolling and trying to get free PR by his own words. He and his company of scared of Nvidia and their Tegra processors. Tegra 4 is much better than any Snapdragon CPU.

    I also point you into the direction of Nvidia’s Project Logan….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0t-WJFXzo

    I think its safe to say that YES 100% mobile CPU’s WILL reach and exceed even next gen consoles offerings. You can’t simply go by Moore’s Law anymore as graphics companies like AMD and Nvidia have been breaking that law for a long time now increasing the die size of their GPU’s fitting way more transistors on them and increasing performance as well.

    The truth of the matter about next gen consoles and their processors is that they are based on AMD Jaguar APU’s and were originally intended for Tablet and Laptop use not for next gen consoles. Because of their small form factor, relatively low power consumption and low heat output Sony and Microsoft chose these to be the basis for their next gen systems. They beefed them up slightly with better a better iGPU but essentially they have the exact same architecture and pipeline than those used in Laptop and Tablets.

    Soon AMD will release their APU’s based off of the same Jaguar architecture at MUCH faster speeds than the reported 1.6-1.8GHz speeds in the new consoles. These will be come better iGPU’s as well with upwards of 1500 “Radeon cores” (Stream processors). This will obviously be achievable thanks to power requirments being MUCH higher on PC thanks to better cooling options available.

    #8 10 months ago

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