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

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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.

NVIDIA SHIELD tablet and SHIELD wireless controller are announced, pre-orders begin today
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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posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:03 4

1. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:40

5. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 12:41 1

13. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 15:03

18. brnkcv (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 May 2014)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:04 2

2. karamelakimo (Posts: 109; Member since: 26 May 2014)

Omg it's real :o

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:07 3

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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 14:13

15. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 14:41 1

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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 21:49

24. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 21:30 1

28. dude9999 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 21:38

29. dude9999 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:15 1

4. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)

Give me a 64-bit Tegra K1 and maybe.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:48 1

6. Busyboy (unregistered)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 11:23

8. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

Bcoz its a android gaming tab.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 18:57

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 11:14

7. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 11:27

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 11:34

10. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 11:43 1

11. Luuthian (Posts: 296; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Is the controller useable on non nVidia devices?

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 12:08

12. j.khan95 (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 14:10

14. Darxicus (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)

That screen cover... Apple Smart Cover anyone?

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 14:37

16. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 15:05

19. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Nice, but the MiPad is cheaper :D

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 17:33 1

20. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 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

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 01:02

25. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 19:00

22. davin8r (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)


posted on 22 Jul 2014, 20:24

23. swiekekodok (Posts: 58; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 04:59

26. hamidreza-1997 (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 22:40

27. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

can i play with full 8 hours without plugging it?

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