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Price cut, an update to KitKat, and better streaming coming to the NVIDIA Shield

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Price cut, an update to KitKat, and better streaming coming to the NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA's gamepad-shaped love letter to mobile gaming, the Shield Tegra 4-based console, is about to become better and cheaper. For starters, a price cut will trim the Shield's price down to $199, which is definitely more palatable than the $250 to $300 which the device used to sell for. While NVIDIA hasn't explained its motives, it's not unreasonable to assume that a successor to the console is being primed for release in the coming months and inventory must be cleared. Or maybe the company just wants to sell some more Shields. Regardless, the newly discounted device will be getting Android 4.4 KitKat soon, with Google's Immersive Mode to make better use of the 5-inch 720p IPS display, and further NVIDIA goodies. For what we know, a new version of TegraZone with refreshed interface and news feed to cover the latest games is coming along.

Price cut, an update to KitKat, and better streaming coming to the NVIDIA Shield
In addition, the Taiwanese company has updated its GameStream service to stream games directly from a PC, instead only through its servers, along with the option to wake the computer and access it remotely from the console itself. Furthermore, PC gamers who like to game from the couch can now use Bluetooth keyboards and mice with the Shield streaming games to a TV in Console Mode. To supplement the offering, the streaming quality is upped to 1080p at 60fps, and GameStream is also made to support NVIDIA's Kepler and Maxwell-based laptop graphics cards (GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M, GTX 600M, etc).

It looks like NVIDIA has kept busy lately. So, are you getting a Shield at the new price?

source: NVIDIA via Android Central

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:59

1. AnukulVcool (unregistered)

THis Siht is still around ? haha

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:10

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1886; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I know.. I have Moga Pro and it works just great. this thing will fail...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:05 1

3. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Hmmm....200$ is not a bad price point

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:05

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

I said the same thing yesterday but thought to myself do I really need it. If Sony released a version of their Sony Viva with Android that would have appealed to me more. This nvidia gadget is too clunky for my taste.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:10

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3051; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Very nice. I was just thinking of buying a Vita. If the game streaming can work with AMD GPUS as well (Since I have a Radeon, not a Geforce) then I would totally get this over the Vita.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:10

6. renz4 (Posts: 317; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

AFAIK the game streaming will never work with other than kepler based gpu because the need for specific hardware that only exist on kepler gpu. in theory the streaming could work without this hardware but latency will be the issue.

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