NVIDIA Tegra K1 Combines With Android L To Power Next-Gen Mobile Gaming


When SHIELD made its debut last year, it was the most powerful gaming portable ever created. Built around the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, SHIELD enables gamers to experience a revolutionary way to play Android games and extend their GeForce GTX gaming experience virtually anywhere. Now, Google is looking to advance Android gaming and is partnering with NVIDIA to make it happen.

On Wednesday, Google used their I/O conference keynote to demonstrate the next version of the Android operating system running on NVIDIA Tegra K1. The marriage of the 192 core Tegra K1 and Android “L” opens the door to new possibilities in gaming, portable electronics and more. Android TV was just one of the demonstrations at Google I/O that was powered by the next-generation system on a chip, and it goes without saying that when the time came to talk about gaming, theTegra K1 powered the desktop version of Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 tech demo rendered entirely in real time:

PC Gaming graphics in your Pocket

Tessellation, advanced shaders, texture compression and more enable the promise that Google’s newly unveiled Android Expansion Pack (AEP), in conjunction with the 192 core Tegra K1, will bring mobile graphics into the next generation. After showing the Unreal Engine 4 demo with lighting and reflections normally reserved for PCs, Dave Burke, Google’s director of engineering for Android proudly proclaimed, “Quite literally, this is PC gaming graphics in your pocket” and it wouldn’t be possible without Tegra K1.

“Through our close collaboration with NVIDIA, Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 ‘Rivalry’ project demonstrated at Google I/O shows what’s possible when PC-class gaming technologies and performance are brought to mobile devices,” said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic. “In less than three weeks we were able to port content built for high-end PC and the DirectX 11 graphics API to Android and Google’s AEP extensions for ES 3.1. Developers can deliver incredible graphical complexity on a mobile chipset thanks to Tegra K1 and AEP.”

Taking Over the Big Screen

Tegra K1 also featured prominently in Google’s new Android TV platform. Aiming to extend the living room experience through phones, tablets, and new set-top boxes, Google and NVIDIA are bringing new big-screen gaming technologies, such as multi-device multiplayer, to the living room and Tegra K1 will find its way into TVs and other devices this year.

Further information about Tegra K1’s use in cars and in Project Tango, an advanced 3D mapping tablet, can be found on the NVIDIA Blog. For more info on Tegra K1-powered gaming devices, stay tuned to GeForce.com.