Chip maker Nvidia is preparing to unleash the first Tegra 4-powered devices on the market, with the initial wave of releases set to be revealed this very quarter.
According to PC World, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Thursday during the company’s quarterly earnings call that tablets and other Android devices using Tegra 4 will be announced soon.
Huang didn’t provide any specifics, but said that “many” devices are in the works and that Tegra 4-powered devices will launch through the rest of this year.
He added that “performance matters” when it comes to “new computing devices” that are essentially “entry-level PCs.”
Rumored Tegra 4 devices
Besides Nvidia’s own Project Shield handheld gaming system, no Tegra 4 devices have been officially announced.
That hasn’t stopped the leaks from flowing, though.
Huang also said that devices using the Tegra 4i, a more mainstream version of the Tegra 4, could be available as soon as the second half of this year, pending carrier certification.
Nvidia’s fiscal results
Nvidia posted revenue of $954.7 million (UK£621 million, AU$953.8 million) and net profit of $77.9 million (UK£50.7 million, AU$77.8 million)for the quarter ending April 28. Those figures are up 3.2 percent and 29 percent, respectively, from the year before.
That growth was attributed to graphics cards sales, while Tegra sales fell in anticipation of the introduction of Tegra 4.
Posted on 09 May 2013.
Activision continues to break records with games like Call of Duty and Skylanders, but the video game industry’s No. 1 publisher has concerns about next-generation consoles.
“We continue to face the uncertainties of the console transition,” said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in an earnings conference call picked up by Expert Reviews.
“There are still many unknown factors, such as pricing, launch dates and quantities, [and] the level of first-party support.”
The new class: Smartphones, tablets
Kotick acknowledged that non-traditional video game devices from companies like Apple and Google have become a competing factor in the minds of buyers.
“[More] importantly, consumer purchase intent in a world where consoles are no longer just competing with each other, but also with new platforms, such as smartphones and tablets.”
This echoes what video game analysts told TechRadar at the PS4 unveiling in February, citing “$.99 titles” as a reason Xbox 720 and PS4 may not meet expectations.
Kotick on Wii U
The Activision CEO only needed to point investors on the conference call to the Wii U, which launched last fall.
“In addition, the newest console, the Wii U, has had a very slow start,” he said of the Nintendo console’s struggling sales and lack of games.
“All of these factors further heighten our concerns heading into the back half of the year, particularly during the very competitive fourth quarter.”