NVIDIA SHIELD tablet and SHIELD wireless controller are announced, pre-orders begin today


Gamers, listen up! There's a new gaming gadget in town and it is called the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. Built to deliver a zero-compromise gaming experience on the go, it packs some serious hardware under the hood, while its software set includes features tailored with gamers in mind. And yes, it runs Android KitKat with Google's services out of the box, so it is as versatile as a modern tablet should be. Along with its new tablet, NVIDIA is launching a selection of matching accessories, including the SHIELD wireless controller and a protective case doubling as a stand.

In terms of design, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet does not appear to shine with much. It has a thickness of 0.36 inches (9.2 mm) and a weight of 13.7 oz (390 grams), which is passable for a slate with an 8-inch screen. speaking of the screen, it has a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels for a satisfying, Full HD gaming experience. On its front we find stereo speakers promising loud, rich sound. Resting in its dedicated slot is an NVIDIA DirectStylus 2 stylus for drawing and taking notes.

Under the hood of the slate ticks a high-performance NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC with a Cortex-A15 CPU, 2.2GHz maximum processor clock speed, and a 192-core Kepler GPU. This is some serious bang that should run even the heaviest games without much trouble. In fact, the chip can handle Unreal Engine 4, OpenGL 4.4, and DirectX 12, NVIDIA brags. Further hardware specs include 2GB of RAM, 5MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera with auto-focus, a 19.75 Wh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. LTE is also an option. The LTE-enabled SHIELD tablet model comes unlocked and is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. 32GB of built-in storage are found on the LTE model, while the Wi-Fi-only variant comes with 16GB of space. Thankfully, folks who find that insufficient can always throw in a microSD card in there.

On the software side of things, NVIDIA has added the option to stream games from a PC powered by a GeForce GTX graphics card to the to the SHIELD tablet. Plus, gamers in Northern California are given exclusive access to the NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming beta, which features a library of high-quality PC games that can be streamed to the tablet while data is processed and saved in the cloud. With NVIDIA ShadowPlay, gamers can record their most epic gaming moments and broadcast them over the Twitch video platform. To make the most of their NVIDIA DirectStylus 2 stylus, users may take advantage of the NVIDIA Dabbler painting application with its realistic watercolor and paint effects. To make the deal even sweeter, NVIDIA is pre-loading Trine 2: Complete Story – a premium game title featuring physics-based puzzles, beautiful sights and online cooperative multiplayer.

As for the SHIELD game controller, it has a directional pad, two analog sticks, four action buttons and four shoulder buttons. Connection to the SHIELD tablet is handled over Wi-Fi Direct, which allows the accessory to achieve super-low latency times for instant response while playing. In addition, the controller features a built-in microphone and a headset jack. 

Gamers that wish to protect their SHIELD tablet may take a look at the cover that NVIDIA is offering. It doubles as a stand with 3 angle positions for a more comfortable gaming experience. 

How do you get one of these? Well, you may pre-order the Wi-Fi-only SHIELD tablet today for a price of $299. The 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE model is expected to come at a later time, priced at $399. The SHIELD wireless controller and the detachable cover are being sold separately for $59 and $39 respectively.



source: NVIDIA

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29 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Add the 64-bit Denver Chip, bump up the Resolution and rebrand it as the Nexus 9. That thing Screams Volantis!

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Oooooooh yeah This is what I'm really interested in though: NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming beta Once the GRID becomes widely operational, you can play your games virtually anywhere with uniform experience. They'll start selling cheap hardware that only need to connect to the grid and viola - top notch gaming performance. This is possibly a silent revolution waiting to happen.

13. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

It works great, too. You need a fast wireless network and a decent internet connection, but I play Tekken X Streetfighter on that and it works great.

18. brnkcv

Posts: 6; Member since: May 06, 2014

I like "The Grid." Reminds me of "The OASIS." PS, I'm on the last 50 pages of Ready Player One. Loving it!

2. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

Omg it's real :o

3. yep_its_ed unregistered

I know they're made to be used in different places and situations, but I'd still rather spend $399 on a PS4 than this. You could get the PS4 Destiny Bundle for $450, or this and the controller for $460. It seems like an obvious choice to me.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But can you take your PS4 & TV around with you, nope dont think so

17. yep_its_ed unregistered

That's why I said that I know they're made to use in different places and situations. Also, if you have a PS Vita you can basically take your PS4 anywhere as long as there's WiFi.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea I guess its apples to oranges With the Shield tablet you gain a tablet (usually wroth $300+) and the ability to stream from PC, but lose the PS Vita's ability to stream from PS4

28. dude9999

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

i'd take the ability to stream PC games over PS4 games any day

29. dude9999

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Its $300 for the non LTE, 16gb version. I would just add a 16gb class 10 micro SD card for $13. You can't really compare the nvidia tablet to PS vita and ps4 because the added price for the ps4 and vita is around $660 . Using the PS vita as a standalone handset is fine too I guess but vs any tablet its a no brainer . I would definitely choose PC streaming vs PS4 streaming any day.

4. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Give me a 64-bit Tegra K1 and maybe.

6. Busyboy unregistered

A gaming tablet with only 2gb of Ram? No thanks

8. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Bcoz its a android gaming tab.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Coming from NVIDIA. How much are you willing to pay? NVIDIA is known to price their product on the higher price bracket. 2GB is fine for OpenGL ES 2.0 Android games but not for the upcoming OpenGL ES 3.1 ones.

7. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I have a tough decision whether to prefer a more casual approach (AMD Tablet.http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/amd-project-discovery-tablet-review-1212897/review ) or a more sophisticated approach (this one). I am not interested on them actually, because I game on PCs. However I hope that they both will really sell.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

While it's interesting to see a tablet with a K1 chip, this "Shield" tablet doesn't really offer any unique value proposition. Maybe developers will buy this as a K1 development system, but the K1 doesn't appear to be a high volume chip, so the market will be narrow. It's a better value than the Nexus 7, but doesn't offer updates to Android like the Nexus does. So this isn't really what many developers want. Still, I hope I am wrong. Maybe Nvidia will start selling more "Shield" devices. The product line is still young.

10. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Make it available in India. I would buy this over xiaomi mi pad any day xD

11. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Is the controller useable on non nVidia devices?

12. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

What's the deal about the battery -19.6 wh?

14. Darxicus

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

That screen cover... Apple Smart Cover anyone?

16. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

What is the port beside the USB port? The one with the green line?

19. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Nice, but the MiPad is cheaper :D

20. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

But it has a ridiculous 4:3 Aspect ratio, which isn't optimized for Android. that means whenever you play a native 16:9 game you'll get that unsettling and ugly compressed look. I wouldn't get this if I were you, save your money and wait for another Tegra K1 tablet that has an appropriate16:9 aspect ratio

25. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Well said. this shield tab is any day better than mipad. Considering this has dual speakers,16:9 ratio, stock android (which will get updates pretty quick) and that design. Dyaum. One sexy looking tab. Best tab I've ever seen & nvidia goddies.

22. davin8r

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

16:10

23. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

This is what we call a trully GAME.....

26. hamidreza-1997

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

great handy consul.Tegra K1 is even more powerful than Ps3 and Xbox 360.

27. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

can i play with full 8 hours without plugging it?

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