We first saw the Wikipad tablet
, which features a detachable game controller and runs on Android OS, way back at CES 2012. After that though, its release date passed, and we didn't hear anything new about the gaming-centered device. But that doesn't mean the Wikipad disappeared – the developers have been busy over the past year redesigning the tablet with almost completely different features, including a 7-inch screen, extra storage space, and Android 4.1 support.
Portable gaming may not be anything new, as the original GameBoy took the world by storm all the way back in 1989, but there is a new evolution afoot that brings more feature-rich devices designed specifically for gaming to the consumer. Three models in particular stole the attention this year at the Consumer Electronics Show
NVIDIA has been one of the most important chip-makers of this young mobile era. Its Tegra 2 SoC powered the first dual core smartphones and tablets, and Tegra 3 played the same pioneering role for quad core. At CES 2013
, NVIDIA unleashed its next-generation mobile chip, the Tegra 4.
Taking to the stage at this year’s CES
, graphics hardware giant NVIDIA has announced Project Shield: a portable gaming console that plays both Android games via Google Play and some
PC titles – provided there’s a PC located on the local network to stream the game from.
NVIDIA just announced that its Quadro K5000 video card is coming to Mac Pro computers later this year. The K5000 is billed as "the most powerful professional-class GPU ever for the Macintosh," and based on the specifications announced for this monster, that is quite believable.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang chose his keynote address at the Nvidia Game Festival in Shanghai last week to unveil the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GPU video card. Powered by dual 28 nm Kepler architecture-based GeForce GPUs, the GTX 690 delivers what Huang claims is, “the highest performance of any graphics card in history.”
At Mobile World Congress 2012
in Barcelona, HTC announced its new flagship handset, the HTC One X. Like the Optimus 4X HD
from LG also unveiled at MWC 2012, the phone will be HTC's first quad-core handset. The One X comes sporting a NVIDIA Tegra 3
quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 HD display. With an 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera, the phone is capable of capturing high-resolution still photos simultaneously while shooting 1080p video that can also be edited directly on the smartphone.
Looking to build on the success of its original PB oneTwo all-in-one desktop computer solutions, Packard Bell has announced two new slimmed-down revamps in the shape of the 21.5-inch PB oneTwo M and the 23-inch PB oneTwo L. Both space-saving, touchscreen models will feature second generation Intel Core i processor options, a choice of NVIDIA or AMD discrete graphics, a high definition webcam and the option of a Blu-ray optical drive, when they go on sale later this month in Europe.
NVIDIA has been promising to put some impressive processing power in the palm of our hands with its Tegra 3 processor – previously known as Kal-El
– for a while now. Teasing us with demos of dynamic lighting
enabled by the chip’s quad-cores and impressive energy efficiency statistics
made possible by a fifth “companion core.” While ASUS led us to believe that it would be launching the first tablet to be powered by the Tegra 3 – the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime - on November 9, it appears we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. ASUS has, however, provided the remaining details on the tablet to tide us over until the tablet’s worldwide launch in December.
While the latest 3D TV
revolution has had a slow start, the use of 3D technology for video games has proven more popular with over 600 3D-supported games currently available on the PC. However, one of the big downsides 3D gaming solutions, such as NVIDIA’s 3D Vision
, share with 3D TV is the noticeably dimmer image that results from wearing active shutter glasses. NVIDIA has now updated its 3D gaming technology with the unveiling of 3D Vision 2, that uses a new technology called NVIDIA 3D LightBoost that is claimed to increase the brightness of 3D images by up to two times.