Tegra X1 Brings Epic Games’ Stunning “Elemental” Demo to Mobile

by Matt Wuebbling

A stark mountaintop … a gloomy fortress … a stony demon who springs to fiery life. Each a study in the masterful use of light and shadow.

They’re all brought to breathtaking life in Epic Games’ “Elemental” demo, which stands as a case study in sophisticated visual storytelling.

The demo of Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 has been a benchmark for what a high-end PC can do when it was first shown in 2012. A year later, it stunned developers when it debuted on Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Now, we’re showcasing “Elemental” again, this time on mobile — specifically, on Tegra X1, our newest power-sipping mobile super chip, which is built to slide supercomputer-class power into a new generation of mobile devices, automotive applications, autonomous machines and embedded products.

But while the demo is as powerful as ever, on Tegra X1, Elemental consumes just a fraction of the power.

And because Tegra X1 supports a full suite of modern graphics standards, it took a skilled developer just a week to get “Elemental” running on the chip, with a little longer spent on optimization and polish. “The content just came up, and it ran,” says Evan Hart, a member of our Content & Technology team.
It’s the latest example of how we’re erasing the lines between mobile and desktop devices.

To keep up with all that we’re up to at CES, visit nvidia.com/CES2015.

“We built Elemental to push high-end PC and console features, and also to show early capabilities of Unreal Engine 4,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. “As seen with today’s demonstration of Elemental on Tegra X1, NVIDIA continues to extend what developers can create with striking results. With its Maxwell architecture, Tegra X1 is equipped to run rich, beautiful experiences not previously seen on mobile devices.”​​

Last year, we introduced Tegra K1, showcasing our Kepler GPU architecture on a mobile chip. That allowed mobile devices to run desktop-class graphics technologies for the first time.

Tegra X1 uses the hyper-efficient Maxwell architecture, Kepler’s successor, to take all those technologies and fly. Unreal Engine 4, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA, OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Extension Pack are all available to developers on Tegra X1.

Tegra X1 has more than a teraflop of processing power, thanks to its 256-core Maxwell GPU. So, it zips through demos that — just a few years ago — challenged high-end PCs.

Now, thanks to Tegra X1, you’ll soon find those experiences on devices you can slip into the palm of your hand.

For more information on Epic and Unreal Engine, visit Epic Games, and for more on what our Maxwell architecture can unleash for content developers and consumers alike, bookmark the NVIDIA GameWorks blog.

To keep up with all that we’re up to at CES, visit nvidia.com/CES2015.

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  • kron123456789

    What about games?

  • Fejér Mihály

    Games? What are those? We only need benchmarks on our expensive Tegra powered devices!

  • Guest

    Windows 10 and DirectX 11.1 or 12 will runs on Tegra X1 that’s for sure.

  • Reza Qta

    You mean tegra x1 runs dx 11.1 and 12?

  • https://google.com/+RenaudLepage Renaud Lepage

    Oh, nVidia. I don’t exactly care about seeing this technology in cars 4 years from now… I’d just like to know if, and when, I can play with it.

  • Răzvan Botea

    10W ? That’s huge for mobile devices.

  • Kallumsmarties

    Sounds awesome.

  • Cesar

    Amazing. I want and “NVIDIA” desktop console now!!!!


    expensive, where do you live as their cheaper than Apples ipad mini!


    later this year, remember the shield tablet came out last year and the shield portable in 2013, expect prices to be around the same as when the shield tablet launched probably $299 for a 16/32gb model.

  • ed jon

    The launchers will have slightly less lag now!!! @.@

  • MisterKoki

    This is more of a technological feat, than a gaming one. dont Concentrate on finding something to hate on, but admire the tech that is just… HUGE.

  • domahman

    How about a grid capable controller that plays games on a smart tv? Would that be cheaper to build than an android tablet? Nvidia needs to business with the grid as what Microsoft wants to do with their xbox. A grid controller can get there faster than xbox or at least solidify that business system.

    Which ever chip is cheaper to do grid controller will do.

  • Adrian Meredith

    on windows it would, its the same chip as the desktop one with the very latest capabilities

  • ChrisGX

    Yes, agreed, 10W would be ridiculous if it referred to the SoC power envelope. It is very likely, though, that the 10W figure refers to the power draw of a complete X1 tablet. Several statements made during the pre-CES press conference and after strongly suggest this. First, Nvidia has now stated that the TFLOP FP performance is achieved at around 4W. Second, the Nvidia CEO’s comments about the 2X improvement in perf/chip area and perf/unit of power (i.e. energy efficiency) can only make proper sense if the power draw of the X1 is in line with the earlier K1. (note: even if the SoC in the Elemental demo was being driven to ridiculous levels, requiring cooling unlike anything that would ever be used in production, unlikely for the aforementioned reasons, this would only indicate that Nvidia is inclined to show off using inappropriate demos not that the chip is unimpressive when operating within the power envelope typical of a tablet or low end notebook. In tablets and notebooks there is nothing that can match the X1 GPU performance and energy efficiency at the moment. It is doubtful that CPU performance and energy efficiency will be as impressive, though.)

  • Răzvan Botea

    I doubt energy efficiency as well.

  • youretard

    Nvidia’s Tegra line is on its last legs, the showing as CES was just
    embarrassing. They’re not making a profit from their chips, and no one
    wants their hardware in the auto industry. They have one partner, Audi,
    who is only offering their system in certain models as an option
    starting in 2016. They’re getting no volume there whatsoever. Qualcomm
    has 3 partners for their car computers already, including Cadillac and
    Honda who plan to make it a standard safety feature just like backup
    cams and blind spot warning systems are becoming now.
    Despite how
    massive of a win this is for Qualcomm, it was barely even mentioned at
    their presentation, because Qualcomm isn’t a one trick pony. They’re
    dominating handset sales, they’re increasing tablet market share,
    they’re involved in the health care industry, they’re revolutionizing
    LED lighting.

    Nvidia gave an hour long presentation that was
    like watching a very sick horse slowly drag itself to the edge of a
    cliff and plunge off of it.

  • http://www.LineDetail.com Line

    What is the difference in performance of an X1 vs a desktop titan Black?

  • leeroy_newman

    Expensive but the most powerful.

  • leeroy_newman

    Some peoples just cant accept there are competitions.

  • Ashik Khaleel

    Its using 20nm transistors. I wanna see Intel’s 5th gen 14nm x86 processors on a Smartphone.

  • DougLord

    Interesting thought! If you put these in “SLI” you get over 2 tflops. And dual 8 core CPUs! So you basically are stronger then a PS4. Maybe its time for a Google console!

  • DougLord

    x1 is 1 Tflop in a non power constrained environment. A PS4 is 1.8 Tflop. A Titan Black is 5.1 Tflop.