Mobile Graphics To Match Consoles Soon!

According to a leading mobile graphics processors developer, smartphones may soon output game graphics to rival the PS4 and Xbox One.

Nizar Romdan from ARM, the technology design company responsible for the chip architecture in mobile devices, was recently speaking at the Casual Connect conference in Amsterdam, and shared the following:

“Mobile hardware is already powerful. If you take today’s high-end smartphone or tablet, the performance is already better than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s catching up quickly with Xbox One and PlayStation 4… Our view is that mobile VR is the use case that could unlock the potential of mobile for hardcore gamers. For once, mobile devices are on par with PC and consoles in terms of experience [when it comes to the form factor of VR]. We won’t have the same processing. And battery life is a problem. But it is the same user experience. That could be a game changer for mobile gaming.”

What Romdan is saying makes a lot of sense. Mobile chip processing is advancing at an incredibly fast pace, it does not surprise me to hear that phones will soon be as powerful as a console. That being said, it should be noted that high-end smartphones are at least double the price of a console so higher spec is expected. I still maintain that this console generation will be shorter, due to speed at which technology is evolving.

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Let us move on to the only form of mobile gaming that should exist, and that is that of handheld gaming. Today we saw a new trailer for the upcoming re-release of Pokemon Red, Blue & Yellow on the 3DS. As you can see from the trailer below, the game is staying as true to the original as possible, meaning no graphical enhancements, although it is not yet clear if previous glitches will remain. The games launch on the eShop next week — February 27th — to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon‘s initial release in Japan. I for one would love to play these games again, they are right up there with some of my favourite games of all time.

Minecraft is without doubt on of the biggest phenomenas to happen to video games in a long time, possibly ever. Well today Mojang has announced that it will be launching a Loot Crate-like subscription service called Mine Chest, where subscribers will get a selection of Minecraft gear delivered to them monthly, for the cost of $30 per month. To find out how to sign-up, head on over to the website. As a member of Loot Crate I will admit that these subscriptions are a nice package to receive each month, but is there really enough stuff to have exclusively a Minecraft one?! Unfortunately we can’t find out just yet as it is US only but hopefully, like Loot Crate, international shipping will follow shortly.

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A couple of quick PSAs to end your day: first up is confirmation that the open beta for Ubisoft‘s The Division is now live! Available on Xbox One, gamers can download the beta and gain access to Midtown Manhattan and venture into a story mission from the game along with multiplayer elements: including the quarantined Dark Zone. Gamers over on PC and PS4 will have to wait until tomorrow to dive into the beta. It will run all weekend so make sure you give it a go if you want to see how Ubisoft’s third-person cover shooter is working out. If you don’t have time for that, you can always check out my Let’s Play from the closed beta!

The other announcement is in relation to EA‘s subscription service, EA Access. Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 isn’t available until next week but if you have an EA Access subscription you can now download your 10 hour trial period with the game. During that trial period you will be able to check out the new Herbal Assault and Graveyard Ops modes, while all the new character classes are also available. Remember, if you then choose to purchase the game, all you progress will carry over. PvZ is never something that has interested me but it is good to see that EA is continuing this trend of offering a trial period for all of their upcoming games.

Until tomorrow,

Matt