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Nvidia Shield launching in June for $349

Nvidia Shield launching in June for $349

Nvidia Shield is the company's new gaming handheld powered by Tegra 4

Nvidia Shield, the company's handheld gaming device, will be available for pre-order on 20th May at a cost of $349.

Previously known as Project Shield, the portable games console is built around Google's Android operating system and taps into that platform's app marketplace (Play Store) for its games.

Powered by Nvidia's latest mobile processor, Tegra 4, Nvidia Shield incorporates a 5in popup screen and a full complement of game-controller controls.

As well as playing Android games it can stream games playing on your PC, if you have an Nvidia graphics card. Plus it can take advantage of internet streaming services like Nvidia Grid.

The device will be available to order through Nvidia's website and via retailers Newegg, Gamestop, Micro Center and Canada Computers - we're yet to confirm arrangements for the UK market.

Nvidia Shield Specs
Nvidia Shield is the first device to use Nvidia's new flagship mobile processor, Tegra 4. This new processor, which as with previous Tegra designs is based on ARM CPU technology, features four CPU cores and 72 graphics cores, and support resolutions up to 3,200 x 2,000 pixels - plenty enough for streaming Full HD games to your TV. A mini-HDMI socket on the back allows direct connection to a TV.

The portable games console runs Android 4.1 and has access to the full range of Android apps. However, with no cellular modem it will only be of use for a certain subset of apps.

Games can also be downloaded from Tegrazone, Nvidia's tailored app store that lists certified Tegra-optimised games. It currently includes 76 titles including Max Payne and GTA: Vice City.

Controls on Nvidia Shield consist of two joysticks, a D-pad, four main buttons and two rear triggers, giving it more than enough to control any mobile apps, and most console-compatible PC titles too.

Other hardware includes inbuilt 802.11n Wi-Fi, a microSD slot, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth and 16GB of storage. Nvidia anticipates the unit having around 10hrs battery life when watching video and around half that when playing games.

Nvidia Shield is priced relatively steeply for a dedicated mobile gaming console but considering the amount of hardware you're getting and that it can stream from your PC, it doesn't seem totally extortionate.

We recently got hands on with Nvidia Shield so will be posting our thoughts shortly. In the mean time, are you tempted by the green team's latest venture? Let us know in the forum.

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LordPyrinc 14th May 2013, 21:50 Quote
Very interesting. I actually like the idea of designing the handheld console around a familiar controller style as opposed to cramming the buttons around a screen. It's a bit pricey, but if I spent a lot of time commuting via mass transit, I would definitely consider something like this rather than some of the more familiar style handhelds.
The_Crapman 14th May 2013, 23:30 Quote
It's too much for a hand-held. This will be the new atari lynx.
yougotkicked 15th May 2013, 01:01 Quote
I think it's an interesting idea, but I really doubt it will be very successful. I don't think the android games market is desirable enough to drive a lot of platform sales, and the ability to stream games from your PC doesn't sound valuable enough to make up for it. It may enjoy some success with commuters and such who don't find much appeal in the normal handheld games, but at this price point I can buy a 3ds, a full-length game and a collection of retro games, which certainly seems like a better package to me.

Though I'd be glad to be wrong; if this takes off we may start seeing some legitimate development in the android games market.
Woodspoon 15th May 2013, 02:05 Quote
Yeah, Interesting idea but, you want Android games then buy a tablet which would be cheaper than this thing, streaming games from your PC seems a bit of a waste of time to be honest, and the form factor just seems all wrong for something that meant to be portable, just doesn't look like it can comfortably fit in a pocket or something other than a bag, most handhelds are slim and flat for a very good reason and it's far too pricey.
Bindibadgi 15th May 2013, 02:23 Quote
How about: a controller dock for your phone?

Convergence!
fluxtatic 15th May 2013, 05:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
How about: a controller dock for your phone?

Convergence!

Didn't someone do that already a couple years ago? Am I thinking of that Sony...whatever that was called?
edzieba 15th May 2013, 09:22 Quote
There are plenty of ways to meld a controller with a phone (the GameKlip coming out way in front if you already own a DualShock 3).

But if you;re buying this as an android gaming device, you're missing the point: it's the low-latency local steaming that's the big deal. No need to add a Miracast/WiDi/etc transmit and receive dongle pair (though apparently the Shield can send Miracast, which is cool) to link a computer outside the living room with your TV without a long HDMI run, and you can walk around with it too. Hell, if you're willing to take the latency hit you can tunnel in to your come network and play it anywhere you have a decent network connection. Think of it as a steambox you can pick up and take with you.

If it can stream arbitrary USB HID data (we already know you can use an external USB game controller) back to the PC too, with equally low latency as the video, this makes the perfect streaming device for wire-free Oculus Rift use.

Don't think of it as an expensive android handheld with streaming support tacked on. Think of it as an average priced (compared to options that don't suck ass) wireless streaming terminal that can also handle USB streaming, and happens to have a decent display & gamepad and an android handheld tacked on.
Shirty 15th May 2013, 09:25 Quote
This will be a rich man's PSP. I can see it doing better then expected though, mobile gaming has really taken off in the last couple of years and this sort of thing (if it gets good reviews) will be on a lot of rich kids' shopping lists.

Remember the PSP cost $249 in 2005, which is about $315 in today's terms.
mi1ez 15th May 2013, 09:40 Quote
Priced itself out of the market. Specs, build quality, experience will be largely irrelevant at that price.
scott_chegg 15th May 2013, 09:58 Quote
While I'm not a rich man I'm fairly tempted by this. Wouldn't use it to stream FPS games from my PC but imagine being able to play 3rd person controller compatible games streamed from your PC while your tucked up in bed! I'm thinking things like Tomb Raider, Max Payne 3 and the Batman Arkham games. I also have an Android phone and tablet and already own loads of games that support controllers.

This could be going on my letter to Santa this year!
Spreadie 15th May 2013, 10:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Remember the PSP cost $249 in 2005, which is about $315 in today's terms.
Yes, but I seriously doubt people have as much disposable income as they had in 2005.

I doubt it will sell in large volumes.
Shirty 15th May 2013, 11:58 Quote
You're right of course, I certainly don't have any disposable income in 2013 :p

However, I don't think Nvidia will be expecting world-beating sales, I think this is really a production tech-demo aimed at showcasing what can be done now that they are fully investing in mobile hardware.

They will be expecting to forge all kinds of partnerships with mobile manufacturers and showing Sony how crippled their current offerings really are compared to what is currently achievable.

I'd love one, but the reality is that I'd hardly ever use it.
sotu1 15th May 2013, 12:40 Quote
Problem I see is that it seems useless outside of the house. I believe it works only on a local wifi basis. Nice to have around the house, but $350/£200 to play your PC games in another room? Not going to be worth it for about 99% of us.

I love the concept, but it needs to have more access points.
Griffter 15th May 2013, 15:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sotu1
Problem I see is that it seems useless outside of the house. I believe it works only on a local wifi basis. Nice to have around the house, but $350/£200 to play your PC games in another room? Not going to be worth it for about 99% of us.

I love the concept, but it needs to have more access points.

my wifi cant go through my walls at home to even use the ipad nicely... guess i got thick walls... wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

when i go sleep i go sleep as well.
Tynecider 15th May 2013, 23:20 Quote
So, I could buy one (or two) of these, And alongside a 6 series GPU I could stream some 2 player action in the home or with my neighbor (if he gets one) across boosted wifi, correct?
Fizzban 15th May 2013, 23:57 Quote
I don't really see much point in this. If you play Android games you have an Android phone/tablet already, and you can get bluetooth controllers for them if you want to play more seriously.

Yes the streaming games from your pc sounds nice, but I'd rather be sat in front of a large screen playing it, than sat playing it on a tiny screen.

I know there is a bit more to it than all that, but for the asking price it doesn't seem worth it.
tyepye 16th May 2013, 13:00 Quote
This did interest me initially but I think the price is going to be too high for me.

I recently download the Kainy app (£2) for my phone which allows the streaming of games over a network and it works great for me (been playing borderlands and portal 2) Hook up my Xbox 360 controller and away I go :)

Going to do the same on my tablet.
rollo 16th May 2013, 13:08 Quote
A handheld gaming console in this day and age is a difficult seller at the price point they want which id imagine is little more than the hardware costs to make.

Streaming to a 5 inch screen no thanks why bother unless you can stream at a friends house then it might work but i dou't it.

Borderlands 2 can be put on a 60inch tv via hdmi cable from my pc why would I want to stream it to a 5 inch screen.

Onlive showed the flaws of streaming, and andriod platform still struggles with tablet specific games so not sure how or why nvidia thinks game developers will make games just for project shield then charge only $2-$5 to do it.

Nvidia needs good sales to encourage some native games for the system without them its little more than an andriod tablet with a controller. Problem is you can get a bigger tablet which will play the exact same games for alot less cash.( nexus 7 is $199 ish and there will be a new version announced soon for the same cash)
Evolutionsic 20th May 2013, 00:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sotu1
Problem I see is that it seems useless outside of the house. I believe it works only on a local wifi basis. Nice to have around the house, but $350/£200 to play your PC games in another room? Not going to be worth it for about 99% of us.

I love the concept, but it needs to have more access points.
Having used the android system for years on my smartphone the games that i play regularly are...

Happy Jump
Subway Surf

Maybe this will bring more games to the platform who knows? but is it worth buying a dedicated gadget to play them? not a chance in heck!
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