While we're not looking at an impartial source here - or at some real numbers, facts, or figures - mobile giant (and company behind the Tegra series of chips) NVIDIA has released a slide showing console, PC, and mobile graphics performance from 2001 and estimates to 2014. According to their roadmap, mobile devices will have the graphics performance of the Xbox 360 by 2013, and surpass by 2014.


Certainly looks impressive from my spot here in early 2012, but we'll just have to see when we get there. Though I have to admit, I certainly wouldn't mind playing true Gears of War on my phone or tablet...

[Source: NVIDIA, AnandTech]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

    I think Tegra 3 scrapes the bottom of current console graphics. Tegra 4 would match it in many ways. And Tegra 5 will blow it out of the water.

    • Christian

      Are you serious, go play uncharted 3 and SHOW me a tegra 3 game with better graphics

      • dlove67

         He did say "scrapes the bottom". Uncharted 3 is hardly lower class graphics.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          I was impressed with the demonstration of the Glowball game and that was with pre-production silicone which is slightly slower apparently than the real stuff. I wouldn't be too surprised at these figures with that in mind.

          Still hope that Sony make another Xperia Play and pack the latest Tegra inside, I feel as Tegra advances Chainfire3D won't be able to cover it up as much.

  • guard her

    Oh brother I will have the "new Xbox" in my hands in less than a year. Then your back to the daily suction and grind. Now what. Epic who cares

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Dare I say... DUHHHH. 

    New consoles only come out once every 7 years. When the T-Mobile G1 and the iPhone first generation came out the PS3 was out for almost a year. With new generation consoles not even announced yet look how far we've come with our mobile phones. Even without number, facts, or figures, it's obvious that our mobile phones will eventually surpass consoles and may in fact come close to PC. (Never exact because you won't see Nvidia's top of the line GPU EVER in a mobile phone, It's just not practical.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I can imagine the battery sliding down if they did put the latest GeForce inside!

  • Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    As others have suggested, when the next generation consoles will be out, the graph will look somewhat different. So maybe a few more years before mobile graphics will surpass the graphics capabilites of the next gen consoles.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The key here wasn't how devices will compare to next-gen consoles, it's that they'll be more powerful than consoles like the XBOX360, all while being mobile devices.

  • mgamerz

    So we will have 7 year old power?

  • Flizz

    cmon now. This is just foolish, how are you going to compare xbox360 games that are 9 gigs of data?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/67W5ZFHFQZVHT42P2FSDYVOLO4 adrock3000

      have you downloaded a ported game lately? they almost all have at least 500mb download packs, some even greater than 1gig.

      • Flizz

        Yeah I have a galaxy Nexus.... ipad 2's etc.  None of them come close to a xbox360 game, sorry guy.  Plus the fact that everyone else said, your talking about a system that has been out for 7 years! I love technology and todays phones are awesome dont get me wrong, but they will NEVER catch up to consoles - they wont be able to provide that kind of juice - like from a wall outlet

  • moelsen8

    companies better start figuring out a way to control those games in some kind of standardized way.  touchscreen controls, for the most part, aren't cutting it for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      That's why I am now inpired to make an e-petition for an Xperia Play 2! With decent specs!

    • daveloft

      They have this fantastic invention in mobile devices, it's called an hdmi output and game pad support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

    Actually, the problem with Tegra is that each iteration has a lifespan of only one year. Comparatively, XBox and PS have 5-7 years lifespans. Hence, devs do not have enough time to fully exploit the hardware at their disposal.

    Example: When PS3 first came out, the graphics on the games were great. Then each year, games got batter graphics, on the same hardware. Now, early PS3 graphics are so out of sync with today's graphics on the exact same console.

  • fixxmyhead

    yea i dont believe those "console" graphics on a phone (maybe playstation 1 but not ps2). i have that shadowgun game and trust me i can see cheap backgrounds with no details it looks like they just shaded them. 

    • Huh

      you must not remember what ps2 is like...

      • fixxmyhead

        i guess i havent used that thing in 2 years. i stopped playing video games. also i dont have a ps3. 

        • Tom Mohammed

          You sir, have missed out on an amazing generation of games

  • Yes

    that was my prediction, 1 year ago. let's see if it comes true

  • Asphyx

    It's not the procs themselves that is the issue, they could easily put all the power of a desktop into the units but then you would get an hour of battery life.
    Sure we will overtake Consoles soon and right up until the time the next gen of consoles comes out which will surpass even Desktops for a year or two when that happens.

    Really if we want to see better performance they should work on better batteries of a proc that can be scaled to full performance when plugged in.

    • Crux

      >they could easily put all the power of a desktop into the units but then you would get an hour of battery life.

      Tell me more how you're able to fit a 560Ti/680 into a phone/tablet.

       >Sure we will overtake Consoles soon and right up until the time the next
      gen of consoles comes out which will surpass even Desktops for a year
      or two when that happens.

      Did you just fucking say surpass desktops? SURPASS? DO YOU KNOW THE HARDWARE THAT IS IN THERE? IT'S LIKE STILL FOUR YEARS OLD.

      • Tiak

        He was talking about after the next generation console release.  At that point, console graphics will briefly surpass desktop graphics for all intents and purposes...  Comparable graphics will of course be available on desktop, but the price-performance will be many times larger.

        • DCMAKER

          consoles never surpass desktop...they always use modified mid level cards

  • MicrosoftShill

    Firstly, mobiles don't have as many pixels to push as home displays.  Secondly, comparing to the Xbox360, from 2005, which is now a VERY dated console.
    Wake me up when they can compete with PS3 graphics that the Cell and RSX combo can crank out.

  • Sebastian Broggi

    I love how they hide Moore's Law with the Logarithmic Table. Otherwise the Kickstart of Smartphones would probably look even more impressive :D


    this thing is the biggest shame...i hate how they say console graphics when it came out were on par with PC...it wasn't even close. When they built the 360 and PS3 they were using modified mid lvl graphics cards. Total

  • snakeye2669

    Let see XBOX360 was released on 2005. So by 2014 we will pass a 9 year old GPU technology on the phone we will use then?

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  • HillBillyBob

    Yea, but in 2013-2014 is when the new xbox/playstation should arive so your still gonna be playing last gen games on your phone.