Gamers rejoice! Your cellphone may soon pack enough graphics-processing power to play Xbox-like games wherever you please. According to chip-designer ARM’s graphics product manager Remi Pederson, the new high-end Mali-200 and Mali-400 graphics processors (GPUs) from ARM may be ready to bring truly high-powered gaming to handsets as early as Winter 2009. The new graphics chips are capable of throwing out enough polygons to match the original Xbox.
The Mali-200 GPU boasts OpenGL ES 2.0 support and is capable of rendering 16 million triangles per second and 275 million pixels per second. And, the Mali-200 chip is powerful enough to run Flash and Java games. The Mali-400 is basically the same as the Mali-200, but has multi-core aspirations. A single 100Mhz Mali-400 core can be scaled to quad-core applications that clock in at 300Mhz. The Mali-400 is even capable of displaying true 1080p high-definition resolutions.
To show off the new graphics crunching capabilities of the Mali graphics core, ARM will be demonstrating a fully-ported version of the Xbox racing-game Project Gotham Racing on a mobile phone during the Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. “Performance-wise, it runs like the original Xbox, but feature-wise it looks like an Xbox 360 title,” says Pederson.
Xbox-like games in true HD on our smartphones? Imagine that.