Imagination has released details of its next generation of GPUs, the PowerVR Series8XE family. In doing so it has raised the bar for low-end smartphones by including support for OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan.
With its technology in 95% of today’s smartphones, it’s clear that ARM has a big part to play. Luckily the company has a storied history in the gaming world that dates back to the BBC Micro. It was ARM processors inside the ill-fated 3DO console, the first mobile to feature a game (Snake on the Nokia 6110), and a string of handhelds including the GBA, DS, 3DS, and the PlayStation Vita.