NVIDIA Wants to Port PC Games to Tegra Android Tablets

By on February 24th, 2011 15:35 GMT

NVIDIA may have left the PC Gaming Alliance, but its days of collaborating with developers of games are definitely not over, especially if reports about it wanting to port PC games to Tegra devices proves true.

Not long ago, it was noticed that, in addition to Microsoft, NVIDIA had left the PC Gaming Alliance.

This, of course, cast some uncertainty as to whether games would continue to develop, in terms of visuals, as well as they have so far.

Now it seems that the Santa Clara, California-based GPU maker is definitely not done with game developers, although its plans may be a bit different than before.

So far, NVIDIA promised to launch a newer and better Tegra platform every year, each one stronger than the previous.

The successor to Tegra 2 will be known as Kal-El and was already showcased at MWC 2011 (Mobile World Congress), as part of a tablet. We even got our hands on said unnamed slate briefly.

Kal-El (Tegra 3) will supposedly be about five times stronger than Tegra 2 and will be followed by increasingly stronger chips, culminating with the Stark, in 2014 (Tegra 6), which will be 100 times faster than the existing SoC.

Since Tegra 2 can already handle high-quality multimedia, it only makes sense that NVIDIA would want to make sure there are enough games for Tegra 3, 4 etc. users to play.

That said, it is now reported that, at the Game Developers Conference in March, the GPU maker will outline its plans and procedures for porting PC and video games to the Google Android and Tegra.

In addition to this, the outfit plans to demonstrate a tool usable for debugging and analyzing the Android OS itself.

What remains to be seen is just how many PC makers NVIDIA rallies behind it and if the effort yields tablet-playable (and smartphone-playable) games in a timely fashion.

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