IMG 8550 Nvidia Demos Tegra 3 at Computex

At Computex today, Nvidia showed off several tech demos and games on the upcoming successor to Tegra 2. Pictures of Lost Planet 2 and a Unigine Heaven-like demo after the break.

Nvidia demonstrated Tegra 2's successor, codenamed Kal-El, at Computex today.

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Sridhar Ramasamy, Senior Marketing Manager at Nvidia, first played a racing game, Riptide GP, on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a Wii controller to illustrate Android 3.1's support for game controllers. Riptide GP is available immediately for Tegra 2 devices.

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The next demonstration was of a first person shooter called Shadowgun. The game will be available very soon on Tegra Zone. After this, the Tab was put away and a Kal-El development platform was taken out.

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The first demo on Kal-El was of Glowball, a 3D puzzle game which has already been shown before. Partway through the game, two Tegra cores were turned off to give an idea the performance gap between Tegra 2 and Kal-El. On just two cores the game slowed down quite significantly, whereas CPU usage did not even hit 100% when all four cores were enabled. According to Ramasamy, Kal-El's clockspeeds have not yet been finalized but its performance should be around five times that of Tegra 2. He also noted that the Tegra 2 might remain as a low-end solution even after Kal-El is released.

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When asked whether existing Tegra 2 tablets would be able to play future Tegra Zone games designed for Kal-El, Ramasamy replied that game makers had the option of adding graphics settings to allow users of older models to play newer games smoothly at the expense of image quality, just like on the desktop. He also pointed out Kal-El's support for screen resolutions of up to 2560×1600 and 1440p video decoding.

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The session was rounded off with two tech demos. The first showed a fleet of dropships flying over mountainous terrain with soldiers onboard. If the picture looks familiar to you, that's because this scene is from what will be the mobile version of Lost Planet 2.

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After that we were treated to a tech demo that was rather reminiscient of Unigine Heaven…

IMG 8550 Nvidia Demos Tegra 3 at Computex

September is the expected release date for Tegra 3 tablets. As for phones, you'll have to wait till the end of the year.