NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Tablet K1 Updated With Security Fixes and Vulkan 1.0.1.0 Conformity

SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1 owners are being met with a software update this morning from NVIDIA, one that brings conformity with Vulkan 1.0.1.0, as well as a few security updates. To make sure you are running the latest build possible, the update for the SHIELD Tablet is labeled as Upgrade 4.4, while the Tablet K1 update is labeled as Upgrade 1.5.  (more…)

Pavilion, a ‘Fourth Person’ Puzzle Adventure Game, Available Now for NVIDIA SHIELD

A new game for SHIELD owners (both SHIELD TV and Tablet), is now available on Google Play. Called Pavilion, it is described as a fourth person puzzle adventure game. Interestingly, once the game boots, there are no tutorials or instructions. You, as the player, must explore and figure everything out for yourself.

The overall layout is a dreamy fantasy world, complete with loads of challenging puzzles for you to solve. As you continue on your journey, the developers hope that you will begin to understand the world in which you have been placed.  (more…)

Many Games for NVIDIA SHIELD Devices on Sale Through Google Play

A total of ten games designed specifically for NVIDIA SHIELD devices are on sale via Google Play, some of which are listed at 50% off. To get the list started, as it is a pretty exciting list, is Doom 3: BFG Edition for $5 and Super Meat Boy for $7.49. If that isn’t good enough for you, try Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for $5 or Parallax for $2.49.

On the downside, these games won’t be compatible for everyone. To play them, you will need a SHIELD device, such as a SHIELD Android TV or SHIELD Tablet. If you have one of those, you are in business.

Check out the full list below.  (more…)

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again, Q*Bert’s Back, for NVIDIA SHIELD

My hope is that the above headline was read to the melody of Eminem’s hit song “Without Me.” What a classic. You know what else is classic? Q*Bert is classic. To be completely honest, which is something we always strive for, I did not play Q*Bert as a child. I was born later in the 20th century, meaning by the time I was playing video games, I was on the SEGA Genesis. From what I know, there was no Q*Bert, or at least not any popular title utilizing the character of Q*Bert.

Moving right along, a new Q*Bert game called Q*Bert Rebooted is available on Google Play this morning for $6, made specifically for owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV box and SHIELD Tablets. For fans of the original Q*Bert titles, I think you will be quite happy with this release. The game features classic arcade action, in addition to 30+ 3D rebooted levels to play through.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Updated With Enhancements to Vulkan, Professional Audio Requirements

An update for the SHIELD Tablet K1 is bringing Android 6.0 Professional Audio, enhancements for the Vulkan API, as well as improvements to touch responsiveness. As you would imagine, all of the aforementioned items are quite important for a tablet that is all about the best mobile gaming experience possible.

Required by the Professional Audio standards set in Android 6.0, NVIDIA is baking in Low Latency Audio (<20ms continuous round trip), USB Host and Peripheral modes, [email protected] Stereo output, plus MIDI support over USB and Bluetooth LE. These changes will surely up your audio game.  (more…)

Possible Next-Gen NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Drops by FCC

Thanks to the FCC, we have learned that NVIDIA is working on a new tablet (product number: P2290W), possibly a follow-up to the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1. While many details remain confidential due to NVIDIA’s successful filing of the Request for Confidentiality slip, we have learned a few things by digging through the hundred plus page reports, available for all to see on the FCC website.

First, the dimensions of the tablet are 8.58″ (L), 4.84″ (W), 0.31″ (H), it weighs 350 grams, and it featured a 5,100mAh battery at the time of testing. Furthermore, it features dual-band WiFi connectivity, and also features a microUSB port; not USB Type-C. As you could probably guess, the tablet features Bluetooth LE connectivity, too. For specs, that’s all we know at this time, with no specifics being mentioned regarding display size, processor, or amount of RAM.  (more…)