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NVIDIA exec: Next-generation mobile graphics will outperform Xbox 360 and PS3

NVIDIA Mobile Graphics

The next generation of mobile graphics will be able to deliver better performance than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to NVIDIA’s (NVDA) SVP of content and technology Tony Tamasi. Speaking to Bit-tech, the executive noted that current gaming systems are “barely more powerful” than mobile devices and he believes that upcoming smartphones and tablets powered by NVIDIA chipsets will finally begin to outperform traditional gaming consoles.

The current generation of gaming systems from Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) have GPUs that can handle about 200 gigaFLOPS (Floating-point Operations Per Second), compared to NVIDIA’s Tegra 4’s 80 gigaFLOPS and Tegra 3’s mere 12 gigaFLOPS.

It will take some time for mobile devices to reach the level of the PlayStation 4, however.

Sony’s upcoming console will be capable of pushing 1.8 teraFLOPS when it is released later this year, while NVIDIA’s high-end Titan PC graphics card can handle a record-setting 4.5 teraFLOPS.