Google Brings PC Class Gaming to Android with AEP, Powered by Tegra K1

by Matt Wuebbling

Google gave a sneak peek today of the newest version of Android coming later this year -“L.” Among other things, L features exciting new gaming capabilities for developers – thanks to the Android Extension Pack (AEP).

Google demonstrated what Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 can do with AEP running on our Tegra K1 processor. And it’s impressive.

“Quite literally this is PC gaming graphics in your pocket,” said Dave Burke, Google’s director of engineering for Android, speaking at Google I/O.

Google made it clear it’s going to provide all the tools developers need to build great games. And since it’s gaming, Tegra K1 has a central role.

With AEP, Google puts game developers on the fast track to bring modern game engines to mobile devices. AEP adds powerful new extensions to OpenGL ES, the mobile graphics standard, bringing PC and console-class features like tessellation and compute shaders to Android.

“We wanted to close the gap between desktop DX11 class graphics and mobile,” Google’s Burke said. “And we do that with something we call Android Extension Pack.”

Epic’s Rivalry demo – powered by Tegra K1 — shows what’s possible when PC-class gaming technologies and performance are brought to mobile devices. Tegra K1 includes support for DX12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1, and now Google’s AEP.

Epic Rivalry Demo, Powered by NVIDIA Tegra K1

Tegra K1 is the world’s most advanced mobile processor. It runs the most advanced game engine, Unreal Engine 4, relying on AEP for some of its effects. Tegra K1’s support for a broad array of graphics technologies will help game developers bring immersive gameplay and stunning visuals to mobile devices.

“Through our close collaboration with NVIDIA, Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 ‘Rivalry’ project demonstrated at Google I/O shows what’s possible when PC-class gaming technologies and performance are brought to mobile devices,” said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic. “In less than three weeks we were able to port content built for high-end PC and the DirectX 11 graphics API to Android and Google’s AEP (Android Expansion Pack) extensions for ES 3.1. Developers can deliver incredible graphical complexity on a mobile chipset thanks to Tegra K1 and AEP.”

We’ve seen this story before. Gaming is in NVIDIA’s DNA. We know how to build great gaming platforms. We helped build the PC gaming ecosystem. We’re doing it again for Android.

Over the past few years, we’ve partnered with game developers to bring optimized and enhanced games to Android through TegraZone. We launched our SHIELD portable gaming device. We helped bring two of the most acclaimed games in PC history – Valve’s Half-Life 2 and Portal – to Android. Now we’re the first to support Android’s new gaming capabilities.

Great games need a great audience to succeed. With Android, that audience is there: this year alone, more than 1 billion people will buy an Android device. Technologies like AEP – and Tegra K1 – mean the next billion Android devices will have an even stronger foundation for gaming. The next step: great new games. Let’s get started.

Epic’s Rivalry demo – powered by Tegra K1

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  • Sean Lumly

    The graphic quality in the Goole IO 2014 Tegra K1 demo were incredible for mobile, and wouldn’t look out of place on a PS4, XB1, or PC. That’s incredibly impressive stuff.

  • sontin

    On the other hand, when can we buy products with Tegra K1?!

  • wermy

    Shield 2 please. 🙂

  • Brian Caulfield

    I’ll pass along your feedback!

  • Brian Caulfield

    I think we’re all excited to bring our Kepler GPU architecture from the PC to mobile devices. Thanks!

  • vidvox

    How much longer before I can buy a Shield 2 or Android TV with Tegra K1?

  • William Thirlaway

    As other people have been saying, we need a Shield 2 using this kind of technology! Can’t wait until we can have mobile games looking as nice as the kind of games played on console or PC! 😀

  • Andrew Bone

    A Shield Android TV interests me greatly, with all the pc streaming features (steam big picture) as well as these new native capabilities

  • Kokusho

    What about other engine, like Unity 5 with their new shader

  • John Mellinger

    Would like to see a 880TI with a ARM chip like K1 paired with it. Day 1 buy for me. Would not even have to wait for reviews.

  • Evel Liu

    –you want to play?




  • Amit Kejriwal

    This is a really a great technology just imaging mobile games like snake to this now really a big jump hope this trend continues . would like to see some awesome device with k1 by end of this year or early next year would surely buy one. If this is the future I can’t imagine how the new chips from nvidia beyond 2015 will be like .

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  • Abion47

    This is impressive and all, but what does this level of graphical power and quality do to the mobile device’s battery?

  • xHDx

    wow that’s pretty sick. 192 cores in the palm of your hand. Amazing.

  • Shane Keulen

    I’m currently running a tegra 4 device (mad catz mojo) as my tv device. Looking forward to upgrading to a k1 with an actual purpose built tv interface.

  • R6ex

    I’d prefer the Shield 2 to take the form of the SteamBoy. Why? Its flat and easy to carry around while still having the directional touchpads and buttons. However, I would like the touchpads be replace by short thumbsticks, at max height of screen while being fully sunken into the main body. I believe this slab form will feel similar to phones & tablets and will prove more popular than the big Shield handheld.

  • Chris Thirst

    pls make a small desktop pc with the tegra k1. like the dev board (jetson) with ubuntu in a box. I would buy it any day.

  • Przemysław Lib

    So much text. And NOT A SINGLE LINE of anything useful… oh like actual extensions that got attention.

    PR blogs … :

    PS Also info if those extensions are already published or if there are some more to come to khronos gles registry…

  • Brian Caulfield

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Brian Caulfield

    Thanks for sharing this feedback!

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  • Brian Caulfield

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Brian Caulfield

    Great feedback. Many thanks!

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    Hmm If x86 Android could run native linux apps on X11, then android will rule the world

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