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Tuesday Poll: Are You Going to Buy a SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller?

Earlier this morning, NVIDIA announced the new SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. These two devices are made specifically with gamers in mind, but the tablet itself should have any tech enthusiast most curious. Priced at $299 for the 16GB model, the SHIELD Tablet features a Tegra K1 processor with 2GB of RAM, a full 8″ HD display, as well as a complete stylus for any artists we may have among us.

Coupled with the SHIELD Controller, these units can provide an unparalleled mobile gaming experience, as well as a new way to play your PC games while hanging out on your couch, thanks to NVIDIA’s GameStream. The only downside to GameStream is that PC users will need a rig powered by an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, but if you are already into gaming on your computer, there is a high probability that your rig already features one.

While last year’s SHIELD Portable didn’t quite take off as NVIDIA might have hoped, given its niche market of buyers (hardcore mobile gamers), we think that by NVIDIA essentially splitting that device into two separate products, the Tablet and Controller, they could see quite a bit more success among regular Android lovers who can choose to purchase only the tablet if they so desire.

Below, answer the poll question, then give us your take on the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Was NVIDIA smart to introduce two separate products instead of an all-in-one, or should we hope that they also have plans for a “SHIELD 2”?

Are you going to purchase a SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller?

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  • chris_johns

    the more i look at this the more im really thinking i might want it..im a big pc gamer guy(but only for single player/campaign games unless we talking diablo or counterstike[keeping it oldschool])…multi player games ill play on my xbox one with my friends…but id be instrested to lay in bed n play some games with a controller and use the tablet or play in my living room…i got a gtx 680 curious how well this would run on my network…honestly though would prob only buy the controller if i can connect it to my computer as well as the tablet i hope it has this functionality

  • XvierX

    Does anyone know if this tablet supports wireless charging? If so, this is going to be difficult to pass on. At least for me anyways.

  • mo

    It’s the chicken and egg thing for me. There aren’t any Android only games worth it for me to get a gaming Android device especially games that need higher GPU power than most medium/high end devices. Of course, such games won’t be made if no one buys high end gaming Android devices.

    I guess I’ll be sticking to traditional gaming handhelds for a while.

  • Mark Snider

    I plan to buy just the tablet, just the right size, a good Android iPad mini competitor in my opinion

  • Hari Putar

    It seems very intriguing, but I think I’ll wait for the Nexus 8.

  • John Davids

    I want the Tegra K1 in the portable. Thats what I want.

  • shamatuu

    Alot of people picked no. Curious why anyone voted no?

  • Faisal Khan
  • Higher_Ground

    I’m not interested in another tablet, but if I was, this would be a strong contender. I would worry about how it might fair 2-3 years from now if they don’t sell well.

  • BoFiS

    My no is because if I was buying a Shield to play games on, I’d want the Shield Portable from last year, or something closer to that design as I do not see the appeal of having to juggle multiple pieces, and basically prop up a tablet on a table and use a gamepad, vs. being able to hold the controller and screen in your hands and play the way everyone plays portable games…

  • Faisal Khan
  • Rob

    This is more appealing to me than my Shield, which I like. I don’t do as much gaming on my Shield as I should, I use the PC and Xbox consoles for that. But the minute I get rid of it I will probably be in dire need of a device for mobile gaming besides my phone.

    nVidia really does a great job with updates and getting the OS updated. I don’t see how it could change between the Shield console and the Shield tablet, they will probably get updates pushed out pretty quick.

  • Ryan Gabbard

    So when is ShieldTV coming out? I would be more interested in that than another tablet.

  • HarleyGuy72

    Thinking about selling my HP TP and my wife’s OG N7 (she doesn’t even use it!!!) and getting this tablet.

  • Orion

    Thinking about it. I want to see what the rumored Nexus 8 will be first.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Option 5: Maybe I’ll get a NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet & Controller after I finally get my Moto 360 Smartwatch!

  • Seriously

    Honestly, why would you waste your time writing this article and poll when you know no one cares about this crap?

    • Try not to hate too much, playa.

    • M3D1T8R

      Chill out. Some people care enough to click on the article. If you don’t, then don’t click on it. What’s the problem.

    • A895

      >Speaking for self, generalizes greatly, calls one of the arguably most powerful tablets on the market “crap”

      Someone didn’t have lunch yet, lol

  • rmagruder

    Another product which utterly demolishes the concept of ‘Runs on Android’. If you put out these game titles that are Tegra Exclusives, you just further fragment the Android gaming market. No wonder people end up choosing iPad. They never have to get excited for a game only to find out it is locked out of all but a few hardware configurations. If they want to put out Android games and pay the developer to just make them run BETTER on Tegra hardware, that’s competition and that’s great. But to increase the occurrence of the “This application is not supported by your device” messages in Google Play — well, that’s just a BAD thing.

  • chris_johns

    Tim…i know your a fan of this tablet as i am…but do you know anything about nvidias products if they’re locked down or easily unlocked and rooted?

    • Much like the SHIELD Portable, it should come unlocked and easily rootable for those looking to do that.

  • chris_johns

    a lot of no’s…but i feel this is the most intriguing tablet on the market(esp in my eyes) until we hear about this off rumored nexus 8 ore nexus7 refresh(if thats a thing)…to be honest nvidia has good manufactuer partners and the build of this tablet is prob top notch not to mention those sexy front stereo spearks…i hate cupping my og n7 when im sitting on the bowl…this might be my og n7 upgrade i been looking for…stock android front stero speakers and very similar footprint(only tablet id buy are the 7″ variety bc i use it to read and like it book size) with a larger fhd screen running the newest processor on the block for $300?…might be sold…all the other nvidia stuff is a bonus

    • Bryan Mills

      Tegra Note battery sucked. Hopefully they fixed it.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Everything with a Tegra chip has sub par battery life.

        Except for Surface 2 AFAIK.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yep, exactly what I’m thinking. Except I already upgraded to the 2013 N7 about a year ago from the 2012, which I passed on to my mom (her first tablet/smart device of any kind, she loves it for audio books, email, google earth).
      These front facing speakers alone make this really tempting. Hope the display quality is great and the battery.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I couldn’t care less about the controller, or gaming that seriously on a tablet of all things. I just want a really well specd/well built tablet/at a decent price.

    • Bryan Mills

      This ain’t it

      My opinion

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


        • Bryan Mills

          First, it’s not the 64bit K1.
          Second, it’s 2gb of ram. 3gb would help towards future proof, longetivity.
          Third, only 16gb. SD Slot? Cool but android doesn’t play well with them.
          Fourth, only 1080p. A lot of tablets are hitting 2K.
          Fifth, no AC WiFi.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            between 2 and 3GB doesn’t matter much to what I do with a tablet. 16GB is fine for me as long as their is an SD slot for my media. I don’t care about anything higher than 1080p, doesnt affect my experience. Don’t think AC vs N on a tablet makes much of a difference based on actual IP speeds on your home wifi.

          • Bryan Mills

            Differing opinions, I like it. Merica

          • Mark

            Future proof for a standard device life time per owner of about a year, no mobile device is future proof in the age of one year life cycles.
            I think its kind of hilarious that our 70″ TV is 1080p and that’s fine for a 20k$ home entertainment system, but our 1080p 7.9″ screens are “low res”?

            Remember price-point too, at 299, its cooking every SOC out there, not worried about arbitrary 64bit designation, software isn’t really taking advantage of that bandwidth yet and I don’t see it exploding in the next 12 months.

            EVERYTHING could use more ram, more on-board storage, more battery life, more pixels.
            The challenge is, pack all of that into something well made with good support and rapid software updates and truly original and exclusive abilities* for $299. At that point I’ll be open to hear arguments.

            …Until then, this is the STATE of tablet art.

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  • Raven

    I will wait to see the next Nexus tablet for comparison, but I will be buying one of them by Christmas hopefully. I am sold on the fact that it has a MicroSD alone. I really miss not having one on my Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I guess the majority of people here aren’t part of the #PCMASTERRACE

    • Menger40

      I am, but I would upgrade my GPU before I bought a tablet for game streaming. I suspect that I’m not alone.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        It can run on a lot of GPUs, it’s more dependent on your internet connection.

        • Menger40

          What I said was a little confusing–I meant that I would rather spend money on upgrading my GTX 660 to a 770 than on getting a tablet that lets me play games on the toilet. 😛

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Ohhhh yes yes that makes sense now! Totally agree though.

          • lamenting

            “lets me play games on the toilet.”

            Or lets you sit on your couch playing on your HDTV with a mouse and keyboard. That’s the real appeal for me. I don’t want to hook my computer to the HDTV because my wife and I share it.

          • Menger40

            I didn’t realize this had video out. I wasn’t considering the possibility of hooking it up to a different monitor or TV. That could be pretty cool.

          • lamenting

            Yeah the original had a Console Mode where you hook up HDMI out to the TV, close the Shield, then you can buy another controller to play (or use a bluetooth mouse/keyboard). The HDMI out is on the tablet now (vs. the separate controller), so again you can use bluetooth mouse/keyboard paired to the tablet or just use the separate controller.

          • chris_johns

            except that would be double the price 🙂

          • Menger40

            Newegg has some GTX 770’s for a little over $300. I’ve been eyeing them.

  • Guest

    When you say that needing an Nvidia card is a downside, it makes it sound like Nvidia doesn’t make good graphics cards. That is not the case.

    • Not what I’m implying at all. Great cards, just that the use of GameStream is limited to only those cards. Makes it rather impossible for other people to stream the games.

  • Bryan Mills

    Probably not. I’ll wait for a 10″ 2K display with 3gb minimum. Yes, I’ll pay the price too for it.

    • chris_johns

      your so rich and cool bro…how can i be like you

      • Bryan Mills


      • T4rd

        Too easy; Just spam every article with absurdly biased comments and change your username every other month. 😉

        • Bryan Mills

          I change it cause I keep getting banned for no reason. I like my fan base, though.

          • T4rd

            No reason.. lolz. Yeah, I’m sure your mom enjoys being your fan too.

          • Bryan Mills

            El oh el

        • chris_johns


      • Mech_Engr_09

        You can’t be like him because you’re a doucher

        • chris_johns

          Soooo… Then id be exactly like him… I dont get it

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Just bought a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 here. Until someone else is able to make a 8-8.5″ AMOLED tablet, I won’t even consider it. Yep…it makes that much of a difference.

    • Bryan Mills

      Too much pop.

      • Open1Your1Eyes0

        If you’re talking about display saturation there are calibration settings which you can set to match sRGB or even Adobe RGB. These settings have been significantly tested by DisplayMate to be as accurate as possible on almost any tablet display.

        • DanSan

          samsung is very heavy handed when it comes to color saturation. with that said, it works for some people and doesnt work for others. I really enjoy my galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition.

          • Open1Your1Eyes0

            Agreed. At least they give the options to calibrate to your liking or to proper accuracy. If they didn’t, I probably would not have been as thrilled about AMOLED displays. Color accuracy is very important to me, and the contrast ratio of AMOLED is unmatchable.

          • Rezin
        • Bryan Mills

          Still don’t like it. Merica

          • Open1Your1Eyes0

            Obligatory joke but I just had to…

        • zurginator

          I personally dislike AMOLED because it “crunches” the low – end spectrum, causing darker shades to be indistinguishable from one another.

  • Isn’t the Nexus 8 rumored to be running on the k1 as well? Probably wait for that.

  • Mordecaidrake

    The tablet intrigues me, especially if it runs on stock android?

    • Yes, stock Android.

    • Greg

      I am considering this or the Nexus 8. Looking forward to the reviews and a comparison.

  • htowngtr