Video: SHADOWGUN Demoed on Acer Iconia Tab Running a Tegra 2

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This game called SHADOWGUN from Madfinger popped up late last week and pretty much blew everyone’s mind with its incredible graphics and the fact that it would be optimized for both the Tegra 2 and Kal-el quad-core processors from NVIDIA.  It really takes 3D environments to the next level on a mobile device and also might be the first title to truly bring console-quality graphics to the small screen.

And it just so happened to be available for demo at what we’re guessing is Computex?  Neither of the videos we have actually say that, but we aren’t worrying about such small things when a game this impressive is being mirrored to an HD TV.

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NVIDIA Demos New Kal-El Quad-Core Processor with “Glowball” Game

NVIDIA told us back in February that their new Kal-El quad-core processor could be ready for prime time tablet use by the end of the summer – most of us thought it couldn’t be possible.  After all, their Tegra 2 processor was just getting its start on a select few devices, so why would they be pushing the next big thing already?  I’ll just say that if quad-core will look and perform just like they’ve demoed at this year’s Computex, then I don’t even need an answer to that question.

Through this demo we see a game called Glowball, that has been developed specifically for quad-core processors.  The quad-core processor with its 12-core GPU (graphics processing unit) take dynamic lighting and 3D environments to a whole new level.  After watching this, you’ll probably want to look back at those SHADOWGUN screenshots from last week and get a good drool session in.   (more…)

SHADOWGUN Announced for Both Tegra 2 and Kal-El Processors, Might Be the Most Visually Impressive Mobile Game Ever

Madfinger Games, the same guys that brought us Samurai II, just announced their new project called SHADOWGUN which is one of the first titles to be made specifically for NVIDIA’s new Kal-El quad-core processor.  When you look up “console-quality” in a dictionary, the picture you are seeing above is now featured.  Everyone please attempt to pick your jaw up from off the floor.

The game is already being referenced as the “most advanced handheld game in the market” and will also have a version available for Tegra 2 devices.  It involves futuristic weaponry, a personal Android assistant, bounty hunters, cyborgs, mutants, and genetically-enhanced humanoids in the year 2350.  Do we even need to say more?  Oh, a date.  They are only announcing that game is in the works at this time, but hope to have it out some time in 2011.

Be sure to check out the press release and some additional screenshots of the game after the break.  This game looks amazing.      (more…)

NVIDIA CEO Thinks Android Tablets Will One Day Eclipse iPad in Sales, Already has Players for Quad-core Chips

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is a pretty entertaining dude.  We watched him tear up the stage at CES this past January with infectious amounts of energy over his brand and the future of Android tablets using Tegra 2 processors.  And now we’re watching him make bold predictions over the future of that same tablet industry, which he thinks will mimic that of the smartphone.

On Monday, at Reuter’s Global Technology Summit, he tossed out the idea that in 30 months or so, Android tablets will eclipse those from Apple.

“The Android phone took only two and a half years to achieve the momentum that we’re talking about. I would expect the same thing on Honeycomb tablets,” Huang told the Reuters Technology Summit in New York on Monday.

It’s hard to argue with his logic there, but man, it’s going to be a rough ride especially after looking at the lack of success from this first wave of Honeycomb tablets.  Sure, the XOOM and Transformer are quality products, but you can’t with a straight face say that they have been a success to either Motorola or Asus.

Huang is however hoping that his next release, the Kal-el quad-core processor, will help take Android tablets to the next level.  So far, NVIDIA has 10 players ready to use this new chip (5 phone and 5 PC manufacturers) which is expected to be ready for prime time tablet use by the middle of this year and in phones towards the end.  Lofty expectations I’d say, especially knowing that things like 4G LTE can’t find a way to play nicely with their current crop of processors.

What do you guys think, does Android stand a chance as a tablet OS?  We know that it took a couple of years for the smartphone side of things to come around, but is this gap between the iPad and us to big to overcome?

Via:  Reuters

Wednesday Poll: Adjust Tablet Plans After NVIDIA’s Quad-core Announcement?

NVIDIA shocked the mobile world yesterday when they announced that their new “Kal-el” quad-core processor could possibly ship in tablets by August and in phones by the end of 2011.  This move was completely unexpected, but also a little odd especially with so few products on the market running their current processor, the Tegra 2.  We couldn’t help but think about reconsidering our plans to buy not only a XOOM, but even a DROID BIONIC.  Both are going to be impressive devices, but if there is a chance you could own a quad-core device by Fall, would you be willing to wait?  And as far as phones go, who wants to be locked into a contract when we could have a quad-core device in 10 months?

Change of phone/tablet plans after hearing NVIDIA's quad-core news?

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NVIDIA Introduces World’s First Quad-core Mobile Processor, Headed for Tablets by August

Seriously, you can forget about what Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are doing with their mobile processors, as we just received word from NVIDIA that they have quad-cores already in sampling and will more than likely be in tablets by August and then in phones by the end of 2011.  Codenamed Project Kal-el, the world’s first quad-core mobile processor includes a 12-core NVIDIA GPU, can do extreme HD at a resolution of 2560×1600 and puts out 5X the performance of current Tegra 2 devices.  Ridiculous, right?

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