Probably thanks to the holidays, NVIDIA is listing a ton of great games at 50% off this week on Google Play, including DOOM 3 BFG Edition ($5) and the Half Life 2 episodes. Each of these games will require you to own a compatible device, which currently, is the SHIELD TV, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Tablet K1. Additionally, you will need a SHIELD Controller to play. (more…)
Early this morning, NVIDIA announced and released the SHIELD Tablet K1. Priced at $199, NVIDIA stripped the previous SHIELD Tablet of its stylus pen, and also removed all accessories from the box in order to meet an aggressive price point. Now, we have a unit in-house, and there is no better way to kick-off coverage on a device than a formal unboxing.
The device features an 8″ IPS display, Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP front and rear-facing camera, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD slot for up to 128GB of storage, dual front-facing stereo speakers, 19.75 watt non-removable battery, and Android 5.1.1.
Below, check out our complete unboxing and hands-on. (more…)
NVIDIA announced and released the SHIELD Tablet K1 this morning, essentially a re-release of the SHIELD Tablet, sans Stylus. Priced at just $199, this tablet comes with the same lineup of specifications as the original SHIELD Tablet, but by stripping the tablet of all accessories that would usually come packed inside the box, NVIDIA was able to meet an aggressive price point for arguably one of the better Android tablets on the market. (more…)
Another game hit Google Play today for SHIELD Android TV owners, called Contrast. Priced at $14.99, Contrast is a platform/puzzle game set in an alternate 1920’s landscape. You play Dawn, an imaginary friend of a young girl. With your powers, you go from a 3D dreamscape into the parallel 2D shadow world bound to it. (more…)
Over on Steam, people love Pix the Cat. Today, for Android users who happen to own a Tegra-powered device, they can download Pix the Cat on Google Play for $9.99. In this game, you test your reflexes and wit, battling friends in a race to see who can get the highest score in this arcade title. (more…)
NVIDIA’s game streaming service known as GRID, available on most NVIDIA-made devices for the past year or so, including SHIELD, SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable, will now be known as GeForce NOW and include a monthly subscription price of $7.99. This subscription nets you access to 50+ gaming titles, all stored on NVIDIA’s cloud servers. So, essentially, it’s Netflix for Gaming. (more…)
If you happen to be a consumer of everything NVIDIA, things may not be going too well. After a recall of nearly 90,000 SHIELD Tablets, it appears a few owners of the SHIELD Pro, the 500GB model of the SHIELD Android TV set-top box, are experiencing a severely crippling bug after installing the 1.4 update.
NVIDIA notes that less than 1% of SHIELD Pro owners have been diagnosed with having a hard drive issue that can worsen over time. You will know if your SHIELD is affected if you see the fastboot menu during the update process, which is not normal. For those affected, NVIDIA is asking you to replace your SHIELD unit, with them footing the bill. (more…)
An update to version 3.1.1 for SHIELD Tablet is now available to owners, including a patch for the Stagefright exploit. Also included are system-wide optimizations and fixes, in addition to “stability and performance improvements.” Overall, after the update, your SHIELD Tablet should feel mighty strong. (more…)