NVIDIA Kal-El: Glow Ball Demo sets the standard for mobile gaming

By Posted 30 May 2011, 10:07

We have a real treat for gaming and smartphone fans now, as graphics specialists Nvidia has just unleashed the very first tech demo for their upcoming Kal-El quad core processor which will be available for Android mobile devices before the end of 2011.

The demo was shown in the form of Glow Ball, a slick looking tilt mini game using the accelerometer. The game was previewed on a unnamed Android Honeycomb tablet with benchmarking icons in the corner and commentary by Nvidia showing the exact capabilities of the Kal-El processor right in front of you.

And the results are nothing short of breathtaking. Never before have we seen these levels of graphical detail on a mobile device, pay particular attention to the dynamic lighting effects in the video, as that’s one of the main highlights for sure.

The beauty of the processor technology will allow developers to create games which features lighting that moves as you play the game in real time, also lighting that responds to the environment the game is based on. Half-way through the video, we see how Glow Ball fairs when only using two of the four processors, and the results are pretty drastic, resulting in a sudden drop of frame rate – basically it’s unplayable.

We’re not sure about you, but Nvidia look to have set the benchmark here for the best looking games on the market, on a mobile device. If you’re someone who is considering picking up a Sony NGP or even an Apple device such as the iPhone or iPad for gaming purposes, you’d be a fool to not consider Nvidia’s future platform as well.

Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts on it.

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