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ARM forecasts that you’re mobile will be more powerful than consoles in 2017

It might have seemed impossible just few short years ago, but according to ARM, the Cambridge based company that designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, that your mobile, or super computer that we all carry around with us, is set to become more powerful than Sony’s and Microsoft’s latest home gaming consoles.

The chip architecture which ARM provides for most mobiles, believes that they are about to see another big leap in computational power for smartphones and tablets. This week at the Amsterdam Casual Connect conference, Nizar Romdan ecosystem director at ARM, suggested that the chips that ARM makes in conjunction with its partners Nvidia, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, will in 2017, will generate visuals that we are used to on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

So we can expect that by the end of next year we could have smartphones, which along with tablets, will be capable of running the same games that we have enjoyed on dedicated hardware, graphically at least. What this mean of course is that the mobile market has the potential to bring in more players to the $30 billion gaming market, plus it could also power the software for mobile virtual reality. Digi-Capital predicts that VR gaming will produce an impressive $15 billion by 2020.

For those with modern smartphones, they can concur with director Romadon, who said at the Casual Connect conference, mobile hardware is already hugely powerful. In a comment he said: “If you take today’s high-end smartphone or tablet, the performance is already better than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.”

However, if smartphones users are hoping that publisher Ubisoft will start exclusively releasing new Assassin’s Creed games for smartphones, they could be disappointed, and of course the audience is different on a mobile, also the form factor of a touchscreen-only device needs different human software interactions. Battery problems will continue to plague the mobile, possibly more so with gaming software installed.

The coming year is certainly going to be interesting and we wait in anticipation for the new and more powerful mobiles.

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