We know that NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip is one hell of a processor, but what about it’s successor? We already know that NVIDIA plans on bringing in even more speed, but now it appears that we may likely see even more speed that ever before. According to Chinese website Chip Hell, the new Tegra chip will have a 28-nanometer part featuring “4-plus-1″ quad core architecture with a fifth battery saver core that will likely be based off ARM’s Cortex-A15 infrastructure. In addition, the imminent chip will be powered by a brand new 72-core GeForce GPU which should offer 20x the performance of the Tegra 2 and 6x that of the Tegra 3. Adding to this is the fact that the new chip will be capable of handling up to a 2,560 x 1600 resolution display at full 1080p and 4K support.
As exciting as the new chipset is going to be, we can only hope that we see more support for the upcoming chips that we’ve seen in years past. There are no further details for now, though rumor has it that we can possibly see a formal announcement of the new technology as early as CES 2013.
Two TegraZone games launched today. We already wrote about the first one, The Bard’s Tale, and the second one is Fort Courage. Fort Courage is a free-to-play 3D adventure. The premise is that you’re bored at school and you fall asleep in class (that never happened to me). Naturally you’re going to dream about something right? No it’s not girls. You happen to dream up hiding in a fort deep within a dinosaur jungle, sneaking into a forbidden monster lab, and hacking into a robot factory on the surface of mars.
It’s up to you and a friend to keep the enemies out of your fort. In order to do that you will have an arsenal of toy weapons and power ups to choose from. At the bottom of the screen are the two main characters within their fort, and a series of enemies will come at you. The controls are very simple. For the left character, you simply tap on the screen where you want his shots to go. For the right character, you drag and release. You start with one weapon each and you need to earn coins so that you can purchase new weapons or upgrade existing ones. Of course, just like any free-to-play game, you can also purchase more coins for cold hard cash. The game ends when the enemies get into your fort.
What does a tablet mean to you? To most, it’s something that lets you have productivity on the go— emails, social communication, reading articles and e-books, etc. Of course consumers realize it’s possible to do all that with a notebook computer or netbook. However, it’s no secret that notebooks are losing in popularity because people understand in this day and age, “less is truly more”. You could have a netbook as well, but then some individuals would be graced with keys far too small for big hands like yours truly, a small screen that’s sometimes just slightly bigger than that of a smartphone or the fact netbooks just aren’t powerful enough even to do the bare minimum like check emails, do some online chatting, etc. Manufacturers have realized consumers want something that can bring the best of both worlds and that’s why tablets have been developed now.
While Apple’s iPad is leading the revolution, it’s obvious there are many other successful tablets. There are many of you who own a tablet now and then there are many of you who will be looking to purchase a tablet in the near-future. The great thing about Android tablets is that they are a direct reflection of the Android platform in general. The Android platform allows for a variety of manufacturers to make unique and “customized” versions of the Android devices which are best suited for each user’s tastes. While there are popular options such as the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and of course the record-selling Amazon Kindle Fire, there’s one tablet that has won my heart and will continue to win my heart for the next year or two (or three or four). That tablet is the Motorola Xoom Wifi tablet. Introduced at last year’s CES, the tablet is still literally the model for which other Android tablets are developed and shaped. I will share with you all my thoughts and experience of owning this tablet. Of course many of you will disagree and want to throw in your two cents, but I just want to give you all some insights as to what the device means to me and how it fits in my lifestyle.
The continuous announcements of Tegra-optimized programs continues to grow and grow at CES. Nik Software has announced its popular Snapseed app is finally on its way to the Android platform. For those unfamiliar, “Snapseed offers powerful tools that inspires and enables anyone to create amazing photos. Using Snapseed, anyone can capture, enhance, edit, email and share their photos via social networks in just a few seconds”. Yes that means select Android users will finally be able to enjoy all of those noteworthy photo editing features such as the various enhancements and filters. Notice I said select Android users as the app will only be available for specific tablets when the app is launched in the Android Market. How specific? Well the app will “initially compatible with NVIDIA® Tegra®-powered tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x)”. That means those of you who are lucky enough have a Tegra 2 or 3-based tablet and Android 4.0 are the only ones who will be able to take advantage of the photo editing app (for now).
Photo editing junkies won’t have to wait very long for the app to arrive in the Android Market too. Nik Software highlights the app will be available in early 2012 and will cost $4.99. Hit the break for the full press release.
Nvidia continues to announce more and more awesomeness at CES this year. Fresh off Multiplayer Shadowgun, the 7-inch Transformer Prime and the release of ICS for the Transformer Prime today they announced yet another awesome game to play. SoulCraft THD is in open beta and your feedback will help shape the game. This game is free2play with in-app purchasing and has the following features:
CES is still alive and kicking on a blockbuster first day and Sony aims to close out the day with a bang. We already knew that the Walkman Z was possibly on its way, but we didn’t know how soon we’d see the device. Sony finally unveiled its sleek and sexy new portable media player and announced it is on its way to American soil. Sony plans to unleash 3 variations too: the 32G model at $329.99, the 16G model at $279.99 and the 8G at $249.99. Here’s some specifics of the Walkman Z series since you all care:
- All 3 devices will feature the W button in order to quickly open the media player
- Features a 4.3-inch WVGA display
- Fully supports DLNA technology
- Operated by Gingerbread 2.3
Attractive features for a PMP device, aren’t they? Hit the break for the full presser from Sony.
Sweet– SEGA has formally announced a new Sonic The Hedgehog game is on its way to the Android Market and NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone sometime in 2012. The game— titled Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 2– will feature optimized graphics and gameplay for Tegra 2 devices. Moreover, SEGA will feature an “enhanced” version for Tegra 3 tablets… and eventually smartphones as well. As a proud owner of a Tegra 2 device (Motorola Atrix 4G), I can’t help but have a huge smile and anticipation for this game to be formally released. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser.
If you are looking for a new siege warefare game to play that is as addictive to play as it is gorgeous then look no further. Blowfish Studios has released their game Siegecraft THD optimized for Tegra devices. Don’t worry folks, those of you that don’t have a Tegra device can get a non-optimized version of it as well. This game features console like graphics and the ability to launch cows at enemies. You don’t actually have your own castle or land to defend, but rather, you’re a mercenary for hire that has the best siege army at your disposal. Various kingdoms will hire you to take out their enemies using various siege weapons.
If you have a Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 device you can see the following exclusive content:
Skype has just announced a major update to the Android application. The update known as version 2.6, brings not only minor bug fixes, but also the the ability to share photos, video and files to those on your contact list. All of this can be done over 3G or WiFi! Very impressive indeed. Oh there’s more too– if you’re an owner of a Tegra 2 device like I am, you can look forward to improved video quality and battery life while using the app. Oh and of course the engineers at Skype added video support for some new devices too. Owners of the HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola DROID 4 and Motorola DROID RAZR should now be able to make video calls without hassle– but Skype does highlight “almost anyone with a Froyo (Android 2.2) device or above should be able to make video calls” as well.
The Skype 2.6 update is available in the Android Market today. You can find the QR code and Android Market link below.
Android Market link
[via Skype Blog]
Nvidia had themselves a very successful year when it came to Tegra 2 devices. In nearly all tablets and some of the greatest phones of 2011, their Tegra 2 processors brought mobile gaming into the modern age. From a basic viewpoint, Nvidia brought console quality gaming to mobile devices. However, given that competition continously grows, Nvidia needed something cutting edge to stay top dog in the new year. Enter Shadowgun and Tegra 3.
For those of you that live under a rock and don’t know about this fantastic game, it is a Tegra 2 optimized shooter that came out with critical acclaim. One of the best looking games on the market, Shadowgun set the bar high for mobile 3D games everywhere. If you are interested in reading our review on it, I recommend going here. It appears Nvidia looks to set the bar even higher with a Tegra 3 optimized version of the game. As Nvidia puts it:
“The Tegra 3-optimized version of Shadowgun features console-quality water, enhanced rag-doll physics, particle effects, enhanced shaders and dynamic textures. These are only possible using Tegra 3’s multi-core capabilities, and they make for a truly immersive and realistic gaming experience.”
If you aren’t convinced, I recommend checking out the video after the break. Right now the only way to experience the new optimizations is to go out and buy the Transformer Prime when it becomes available. Just so you are also aware, Tegra 3 has support for PS3, Wii, and other controllers and HDMI mirroring so playing on the big screen like you would any other console game more than doable.
Those that are interested should, again, surely hit the break below to check out the video. Given that the Transformer Prime is supposedly 10 days away from being released, there is only a little bit of time before we can experience the gaming goodness that is Tegra 3. What about you guys? Is this something that is worth dropping a few hundred on a new Tegra 3 tablet for?