Tegra 3 quad-core power shown in Glowball video

A few months ago, NVIDIA showed how its upcoming multi-core mobile processor, then going by the name Kal-El, would be used in games. It showed a video of a game demo called Glowball that featured a, natch, ball that rolled around in a kind of circus setting. The video showed that Kal-El could handle features in the game such as realistic in-game physics and dynamic lighting.

This past week, NVIDIA made its official introduction of the new mobile processor, now going by the name Tegra 3. For this occasion the company decided to revisit the Glowball demo with a new video that showed even more impressive visual effects. The video, which you can see above, shows the ball being moved in an underwater environment, complete with moving schools of fish and plants that wave in the current. The light given off by the ball is reflected in the environment.

The video even shows how the same demo would run in an earlier version of Tegra. The demo is much less impressive with a lower frame rate, flat lighting and not nearly as much detail as the Tegra 3 powered Glowball demo.

While the Tegra 3 processor will make its debut inside the Asus Transfomer Prime tablet in December, we can't wait to see this chip in action in future smartphones. It looks like it could handle a game such as Crysis 2 without too much trouble.

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ThePitt said,
show me something useful, not stupid graphics/games!

what would be useful? afaik, it's only for graphics and games...

i've seen this demo before .... didn't they use the same demo for tegra 2?

nvm: was confusing it with the earlier circus scene

RedFlow said,
Hey nVIDIA fix your graphics drivers first I'm sick of my GTX 460 crashing lol

just be glad you aren't stuck with ati drivers...

RedFlow said,
Hey nVIDIA fix your graphics drivers first I'm sick of my GTX 460 crashing lol

Sounds like hardware fault to me, since you are an isolated case

Anthonyd said,

Sounds like hardware fault to me, since you are an isolated case

Troll much ? Latest nvidia drivers have a lot of users rolling back to earlier drivers because of TDR errors (if your the expert you make yourself out to be then you will know what a TDR error is - if not you must be a fanboy)

Isolated case ? go read the nvidia forums and then come back with your stupid statement. Why do people feel the need to make out the manufacturer is never at fault ? don't bother commenting unless you know what your talking about.

Konstanov said,
TIL I have been pronouncing ASUS wrong my entire life.
I've always pronounced it "As-us". Apparently, it is "Ass-oos".

Billmaster said,
Crysis 2?! lmao

Lol... my thoughts exactly. John needs to play Crysis 2 on something like a GTX 580 before he makes a claim like that.

Chsoriano said,

Lol... my thoughts exactly. John needs to play Crysis 2 on something like a GTX 580 before he makes a claim like that.

Agreed. It is a very bold claim indeed. Makes me wonder tho...

UndergroundWire said,
Looks amazing.

Mobile gaming just gets better and better. Soon consoles will be obsolete, if they aren't already to some extent.