With the Android platform continuing its growth, mobile app and game developers, as well as hardware manufacturers, are all looking to slice themselves off a piece of the pie. NVIDIA, known for their long history in desktop computing, has always seemed highly focused on mobile gaming on Android, going back as far as the release of the Tegra 2 processor which powered the DROID X2.
Now, NVIDIA has the Tegra K1 quad-core processor, capable of running PC grade games on mobile devices. Not only are mobile processors stronger than ever, but the hardware game has changed significantly in the past few years, with the company releasing the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller as of this morning.
Both devices broaden the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD Portable, previously known as just SHIELD. This new tablet and controller are NVIDIA’s commitment to make mobile gaming on Android an experience like you have never had on Android. I’m not sure anyone could have imagined when we all got our first DROID devices back in 2009, that this is where we were headed in terms of mobile gaming. Below, we take a look at NVIDIA’s new Android-powered gaming offerings, putting them to the ultimate Android fanboy gaming test.
This is our SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller review.
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″?
We have two new gaming toys from NVIDIA this morning, the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Both devices are part of the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD, which will now be known as SHIELD Portable.
The SHIELD Tablet and Controller have been specifically designed for gamers, allowing players the best performance and gaming experience they could ever hope for while not on their gaming rig at home. Ultimately, NVIDIA wants to allow gamers to play mobile games, as well as PC games, in a way which was not possible before. (more…)
More information is beginning to leak from NVIDIA, as it appears the company has two upcoming product launches, the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Part of a new “SHIELD Family,” these two devices will fit alongside the original SHIELD gaming system, in a lineup of mobile devices built specifically for the hardcore gamers out there.
Slides have leaked with pretty much any information you could ask for regarding the new SHIELD Tablet and Controller. For starters, let’s go over what it looks like we should expect from the SHIELD Tablet. (more…)
Thanks to a new leak from @evleaks, we are getting an up close look at the reported SHIELD Tablet from NVIDIA. The SHIELD Tablet was first rumored under the codename Mocha, a device that was intended specifically for gamers, harnessing the power of NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor.
From what we see in the image, it appears that the tablet features front-facing speakers, a decently-sized display, and a front-facing camera tucked into the speaker grille. Unfortunately, @evleaks wasn’t able to provide any finalized specifications for the tablet, but seeing as how NVIDIA has been hyping the Tegra K1 this year, it is probably safe to assume that their high-powered silicon will be at the heart of this device. (more…)
Back in May, details dropped of an NVIDIA tablet that was being worked on behind closed doors under the codename “Mocha.” Well, a few days ago, an NVIDIA tablet made its way through the Global Certification Forum, but under the SHIELD brand name.
There was a sparse amount of information listed for this device other than the company name. GSM bands listed point to it being functional on AT&T and T-Mobile, but no CDMA. There were LTE bands listed in this certification, but without more details, we can’t be sure if those are meant to be used in the US or elsewhere. (more…)
Know what to get your dad (or possibly yourself) for Father’s Day? Well, if you haven’t quite figured it out yet, and your dad just so happens to be a gamer, then this contest should do you well. We have partnered with NVIDIA to give away a SHIELD portable gaming console, perfect for the dad that is always on the go, but still needs access to his favorite mobile games.
SHIELD is still one of the cooler niche Android products available, featuring a built-in 5″ HD display, Tegra 4 processor with a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU, console-grade controls, high-fidelity speakers, access to the GRID Cloud Gaming beta, and now comes running Android 4.4+ with lots of proprietary tweaks from NVIDIA to give you an awesome gaming experience, no matter where you are located.
To make things easy and fair for everyone, we will use our trusted Rafflecopter widget. Follow the instructions on the widget below, and good luck! (more…)
Thanks to a recent FCC filing, we can now be on the lookout for an announcement regarding a SHIELD 2 device from NVIDIA. A controller-shaped console hit the Commission with model number P2570, and with the original SHIELD unit sporting model number P2450, there are not many other devices this could be.
Looking at the lonely diagram taken from the official filing, we can see that SHIELD 2 will likely be a bit slimmer than the original SHIELD, as that device was a tad on the bulky side. Besides the backside, no other images can be found within the report. (more…)