Want to play the game of the moment on the tablet of the hour? Then check out Skyrim on the Asus Transformer Prime -- sort of.
Nvidia is showing off the power of its new Tegra 3 processor by combining two of the most popular bits of geek goodness going: smash hit sword 'n' sorcery fantasy game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the Asus Transformer Prime Android tablet. The glue in-between is an app called Splashtop.
You may know Splashtop as a remote access app that lets you connect to your computer through your tablet or phone. That's exactly what's going on in a demo at tech trade show CES in Las Vegas right now, as filmed by Phandroid, with a Windows 7 PC streaming to a Prime with a USB controller.
The PC renders the graphics, compresses and streams them to the tablet, which then streams your actions to the PC, all over Wi-Fi and with no discernible lag.
Bringing the Dragonborn to the Transformer Prime involves Splashtop THD, an optimised version of the app that lets you control your PC with a Tegra tablet.
The 10-inch Transformer Prime is the first quad-core tablet and the first to be powered by the new Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. As well as the quad-core Tegra powerhouse, which fires up all four cores at 1.3GHz for more intensive tablet-fondling like web browsing or gaming, there's a fifth companion chip that runs at 1.4GHz when you only need a single core for simple tasks. Perfect for shouting people off cliffs and taking arrows to the knee.
Okay, so the tablet itself isn't running the show, so you couldn't do a spot of dragon-slaying on the bus. But it does point to a possible future of advanced games played on portable devices, thanks to processors elsewhere doing the hard work and beaming the results to your tablet, phone or lightweight laptop -- like OnLive, the video game streaming service.
The Asus Transformer Prime is available now for around £500. Splashtop is downloadable now from Android Market. For more on Skyrim and other games on consoles, computers, phones and tablets, check out our button-bashing buddies at GameSpot.