Nvidia unveils 'PS4-rivalling' mobile processor Tegra K1

Nvidia unveils 'PS4-rivalling' mobile processor Tegra K1
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

January 6th 2014 at 11:55AM

Tech firm touts new chip as capable of delivering graphics features on par with next-gen consoles

Nvidia has unveiled its new Tegra K1 processor for mobile phones that it claims will bring PC and next-gen console performance and graphics features to smartphones.

The 192-core chip houses the same Kepler tech used inside the company's Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU.

The firm claims the mobile processor is capable of delivering graphics features on par with PS4 and Xbox One, and boasts a faster performance than the Xbox 360 and PS3.

The Tegra K1 processor will be offered in two compatible versions, one which uses a 32-bit quad-core 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 CPU, and a second that uses a custom Nvidia-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. Both chips will support tech such as DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation.

"Over the past two decades, Nvidia invented the GPU and has developed more graphics technologies than any other company," said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

"With Tegra K1, we're bringing that heritage to mobile. It bridges the gap for developers, who can now build next-gen games and apps that will run on any device."

Tegra K1 will also be able to run Epic Games' development platform Unreal Engine 4 on mobile. You can view a demo of the processor and game engine in action below.

"With the introduction of this revolutionary processor, we can take applications that run on PC or console and run it on Tegra," said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney.

"From here onward, I think we're going to see the performance and feature gap between mobile and PC high-end gaming continue to narrow to the point where the difference between the platforms really blurs."