Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile CPU more powerful than PS3 or Xbox 360, CEO claims

Monday, 6th January 2014 05:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nvidia unveiled its latest and greatest mobile processor today, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang boasting the tiny chip packs a greater punch than the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

The Tegra K1 was unveiled at a CES 2014 event today, with Polygon reporting Huang’s comments regarding the new mobile processor, which will naturally use afar less power than a home console’s CPU draws on.

The new CPU has a 192 CUDA core processor, which Huang described as “all fully programmable, all massively parallel”.

This makes the mobile tech so powerful it can support Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, a next-gen engine so new we’re yet to see the release of any games built with it, although that is expected to change this year.

“We can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or high-end console and run it on Tegra. I didn’t think that we’d be at this level on mobile for another three to four years,” Epic’s Tim Sweeney said in a statement.

The Tegra K1 has been confirmed for tablets and smartphones, but Nvidia reportedly hinted it will have wider application in smart devices like TVs and cars.

“We’ve brought mobile computing to the same level as desktop computing. We’ve brought mobile computing to the same level as super computing. We’ve brought the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to the Tegra family,” Huang said.



  1. Dragon

    Qualcomm will also announce something, I guess.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. FeaturePreacher

    Interesting that the c.e.o. knows to not even dare to compare it to a ps4 and just compare it against last gen systems.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Diingo

    I predict in just a few years a select group of smartphone companies will heavily market their phones towards gaming. When I say gaming I mean using an actual controller with a TV synced with your smartphone which stores all your games.

    If I were Sony I would scrap the Vita and focus on their Xperia phone to be the first true gaming smartphone in the world using Nvidia technology.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. revolting

    This is a fairly believable claim, given that the previous generation of Tegra was already considered to be almost their equal.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Samurai

    All this power in mobile processors seems like such a waste when you see the extent of the games on the platforms. Apart from the very few good games, most are just score attack games and endless runners.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Panthro


    He knows not to compare it because there is no comparison to make yet…

    I predict at this rate mobile GPU’s are going to surpass ‘next gen’ systems in 4 years, the support for actually decent games might not be there at that point but at least the power will.


    Thats probably why at the end of the article he mentioned they will be put to use in other places like cars and TV’s.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. tev93

    Even betther though, he only compares the Tegra K1 to the PS3′s RSX GPU power on its own (not the graphical power of the Cell as well), and only the PPE in the cell engine as CPU power, disregarding the other 6 SPEs.

    A little bit biased, but still, to run DX11 on a mobile platform is amazing.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. fearmonkey

    If Tim Sweeney is impressed, then I’m impressed. I think Panthro is probably spot on, that in around 4 years, they will approach the abilities of the PS4′s GPU and Surpass the Xbones.

    With a chip like that, these small consoles like the Ouya make more sense.
    A tablet with a docking station and a bluetooth controller can be connected to a HDTV and play Xbox 460/PS4 level games.

    #8 12 months ago

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