It won’t be long before future processors in phones, tablets and handheld gaming devices beat the amount of processing power in current consoles. While speaking with Bit-tech, Tony Tamasi, Nvidia’s Senior VP of Content & Technology said that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are “barely more powerful” than current mobile devices and that we should expect next-generation graphics for mobile platforms to beat them.
Talking about Nvidia’s recently launched Tegra 4 graphics processor that will power portable devices such as the upcoming portable Nvidia Project Shield handheld console, his claims seem to be justifiable as the PS3 and Xbox 360 have around 200 gigaflops of graphics processing power, while Nvidia’s Tegra 4 mobile chip has 80 gigaflops of power (if we were to follow Moore’s law, this power would essentially double in the near future). This doesn’t come as a surprise once you look back and realize that the graphics processing units in the PS3 and Xbox 360 are nearly a decade old.
In contrast, Nvidia’s current top-end graphics card for PC has a whopping 4.5 teraflops (4500 gigaflops) of power while the upcoming PlayStation 4 is slated to have AMD integrated graphics running at 1.84 teraflops (1840 gigaflops).