NVIDIA SVP Tony Tamasi Claims Tegra 5 Will Be Faster Than PS3 and Xbox 360

It’s (delightfully) evident how powerful mobile processors and graphics have become, but NVIDIA’s Senior Vice President of Content and Technology Tony Tamasi believes that mobile firepower is about to outpace the popular Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming consoles.

“The PS3 and Xbox 360 are barely more powerful than mobile devices,” Tamasi told Bit-Tech. “The next click of mobile phones will outperform [them].” Specifically, he’s referring to the Tegra 5 mobile processor, which will follow the new Tegra 4 chip. Reportedly, Tegra 5 will feature CUDA 5 and boast a Kepler-class GPU and support Open GL 4.3.

Tegra roadmap
Tegra roadmap

It’s not all that hard to imagine that Tamasi’s prediction will come to pass, and soon. Mobile chip technology has exploded in recent years--many of us have still-functioning laptops with the same processor clocks and one quarter the cores of our phones--with no signs of abating. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 and PS3 continue to age.

Of course, seeing that kind of graphics power on a smartphone might be a ways off, but with monster gaming tablets like NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD and the Razer Edge hitting the market, it would almost be ridiculous if they didn’t outpace gaming consoles soon.