Nvidia Introduces Tablet Processor With Unreal Engine Capabilities

by Phil Kollar on Jan 07, 2010 at 09:10 AM

Even with the attempts at better graphics and more console-like experiences with portables systems like the PSP, until now the line between games on your TV and games on portable devices has remained fairly clear. If Nvidia's plans go as promised, though, that standard may begin changing this year. At CES, they've introduced the powerful new Tegra 2 chip, which will begin appearing in tablet PCs this year.

The brand new chip includes 8 independent processors and is supposedly 10 times more powerful than the average smartphone. It's designed to deliver a full web-browsing experience on the go without any need to worry about performance.

After the Tegra 2 was introduced at Nvidia's press conference, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney took the stage to talk about how the new processor will affect gaming on tablets. According to Sweeney, the chip is powerful enough to allow for Unreal Engine 3 games to run on tablets -- essentially the same technology being used to power games such as Gears of War 2 and Unreal Tournament 3 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and traditional PCs.

Sweeney compared the Tegra 2 tech to that of high-end PCs from three or four years ago and promised that developers will be able to use the same tools they're using for PC games to make mobile games.

In addition to the Tegra announcement, Nvidia joined everyone else at CES in focusing heavily on 3D technology. They revealed new high-end notebooks in the works from Asus, Clevo, and MSI incorporating 3D that will work in over 400 games using Nvidia chips.