Did you ever dream that a device small enough to fit in your pocket would produce PlayStation 3 graphics? Some of us knew the day was coming, but we didn’t expect it for another couple of years. In a recent presentation, Qualcomm said that dedicated consoles will no longer be needed because all gaming segments are going mobile and their Snapdragon platform is helping bridge that gap.
Qualcomm just released their Snapdragon S3 which features dual-core Scorpion CPUs up to 1.5Ghz and an Adreno 220 GPU, but pretty soon we will see the Snapdragon S4 that has dual-core Krait CPUs (28nm) and the faster Adreno 225 GPU. We have high hopes for the Snapdragon S4, which Qualcomm says will exceed the current console 3D gaming experiences.
We’ve only see a handful of games that are optimized to take full advantage of multi-core CPUs and GPUs, but that should change in the next couple of quarters as dual-core smartphones become the standard. Qualcomm has a renewed focus on gaming (possibly motivated by NVIDIA’s entry into the market) and we should see console quality games, like Desert Winds, in the coming months.
If you consider yourself a gamer, are you ready to give up your console and switch to a mobile device as your primary gaming system?