Google And Epic Showcase High End PC Graphics On Android Smartphones

At the Google I/O conference, Google revealed that the upcoming version of Android, codenamed Android L, will enhance the platform's graphics considerably.

At the core of Android L is the Android Extension Pack which adds support for graphical features such as tessellation, geometry shaders, and texture compression. Using those features, Google and Epic were able to deliver "high quality PC graphics" on smartphones.

"In less than three weeks we ported content built for high-end PC and the DirectX 11 graphics API to Android and Google's AEP (Android Extension Pack) extensions for ES 3.1," said Epic Games.

According to Epic, all the assets used in the demo were brought directly from its PC Samaritan demo which was used to showcase cutting edge Unreal Engine 4 capabilities on high-end PCs. The demo runs at full detail on NVIDIA's Tegra K1 mobile processor.

During CES in January, NVIDIA unveiled Tegra K1 chipset. Nvidia CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang billed it as the "first ever console-class mobile technology, enabling PC-class gaming technologies like DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation." According to Huang, Tegra K1 is more powerful than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 while using a fraction of their power.

Tech demos such as the one above usually deliver higher graphics quality than possible in actual games that need to dedicate part of the hardware's processing power to AI and physics.

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A lot of people have spoken

A lot of people have spoken about how mobiles are getting high level graphics in such low time while their PC's have been stale for years even if they have 300 dollar cards on their systems. Its only natural. Mobile sectors have got a lot of investigation done in these recent years and have placed a lot of money in that area as to get a cutting edge in the market, which is natural considering they are winning more money with that sector than making televisions, PC hardware or consoles. Mobiles arent restrained by consoles or PC's because they made their own market and a lot of people just make games for mobiles, there is no cross platform support most of the time. They can do whatever they want with the present hardware and the present hardware is of course more powerful than any console. Thats why people with PC's have spoken out about it. How can a mobile game achieve similar graphics as my high end 3d card? Because they arent constrained by consoles and they are more powerful systems than consoles. Its been so for a few years. The breaking point has come now with the release of the new consoles but it will not stay as so for long. In a few years, consoles and PC games will be more or less on the same level and not change at all. Mobiles on the other hand will continue to expand and since they will continue to place money into investigation as to get ahead on the curve, they will continue to get better and better. What a recent user said here could become true. There are more tablets and mobiles in any home serving as game platforms than hand held consoles, upfront consoles or PC's. From there to connecting those mobiles and tablets to a TV, adding a controller or simple streaming their content to viewing devices, its a simple step. They might become the dominant game platform and we shouldnt be surprised about it if they do.

Not really, they said they

Not really, they said they are not going to focus on mobiles and tablets market. The chip was already made and is suppose to be the last one (?) for now. But they also said they would go back to the mobile and tablet scene if they thought it would fit them.

Here it comes *******.

I dun tol' y'all so. I dun' did so. Your video game console can fit into your pocket. Consoles will be obliterated by pocket PCs. You will plug your pocket PC into your PCTV ("Smart TV") directly via USB & while you game, surf the net, type up an e-mail or a report, watch a video or do whatever a PC can do, the TV will be charging the battery while powering the device like a PC does now. Forget about consoles *******, because they have no future. Fack me even the desktop PC may be in jeopardy. Maybe a couple decades away for that though.

Will wait till they show it

Will wait till they show it running on a real tablet / smartphone. Since even the video say it's only run on the graphics chip. Could be yep it is along with 32 gb of ram, and did we forget to say the chip is running at a speed you won't ever have? Mean look at tech demos for showing off any new graphics chip and it's wow look at that!! Then when games are made it hardly ever comes close to it.

And here I thought by the

And here I thought by the headline high end, I thought they met like better controller response cutting down the input lag between button pressed and **** like that, some of you get it. But they mean graphics....I still cant figure out how one plays graphics.

Have you ever pressed

Have you ever pressed something on your phone and it highlights as if its been selected and you end up pressing it three more times before the phone gets it. Same like credit card readers at stores.

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