Based on a workshop scheduled to take place at GDC 2011 next week, Nvidia will be instructing developers on how to port PC games and console titles to the Android platform powered by the Tegra processor. The workshop will be presented by Nvidia's Mobile Developer Technologies Engineer Lars Bishop and Playbox Limited Technical Director Mike Clarke.
"Learn about porting games from PC and console to Android," reads the description. "Hear an honest and open discussion from Playbox on porting from PS3 to Tegra-Android. See Nvidia's latest Android debugging and analysis tools. For those really paying attention, there's even be a shot at walking away with a Tegra of your own!"
The news follows previous reports that the GPU giant had joined Microsoft in resigning from the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA). Neither company offered a reason for their departure. However, PCGA president Matt Ployhar said in a blog post that the alliance was shifting away from serving as a research group and will play more of an active role in assisting developers, publishers and hardware companies to make better PC games.
Nvidia's departure from the PCGA seemingly indicates its primary focus on the Tegra platform, notably the upcoming Kal-El SoC which promises five times the performance than what's currently offered on the dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Stark, which will supposedly launch in 2014 if Nvidia can stick with its Tegra-upgrade-per-year roadmap, will be 100 times faster than the existing Tegra SoC. By then, the line between desktop and mobile device may begin to blur.
The latest device to use Nvidia's Tegra 2 SoC is the Motorola XOOM tablet, launched Thursday on Verizon Wireless. The tablet is powered by Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" OS, and retails for $599.99 subsidized and $799.99 unsubsidized..
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...promises five times the performance than what's currently offered...
On a more serious note, I'm interested to see how this widely predicted blurring of the line between desktop and mobile devices will occur. Obviously, in the desktop, a processor may reasonable use hundreds of times more power than its mobile counterpart, and most people, who want the most powerful computer that they can afford to own and run, would want it to.
A more open arch (ARM), and a more open OS (Android), projected to be the number one platform in 5 years ? I think it can happen, although during some points in my life time, seen the traction that MS and Apple can get, I thought I'd never see the day.Reply
"The news follows previous reports that the GPU giant had joined Microsoft in resigning from the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA).Nvidia's departure from the PCGA seemingly indicates its primary focus on the Tegra platform"Reply
Who cares ? We have AMD
Hopefully nvidia's tegra will take off & be profitable for them...Reply
I chucked an old XFX GTX 280 with 1gb of memory & gddr3 into my old gigabyte x58-ud4 with an intel 965 at 3.2GHz stock standard & I'll tell you what,it looks better on my xp home operating system compared to my old saphire ati radeon hd 4890 with 1gb of memory,gddr5...This is all hooked up to a 42 inch sony lcd screen,but only has 720 instead of 1080...I bought the lcd quite a few years ago,about the a year after it's first release...Reply
Well if nvidia & microsoft left PCGA,then they would of had a good reason to...After all there is politics in this arena also...Reply
Here is the Promotiona Video for Bang Bang Racing, the Tegra 2 game mentioned on this article..what do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pAtVenBt4Reply