NVIDIA ports Crysis and Doom for Android on the $199 Shield set-top box

NVIDIA ports Crysis and Doom for Android on the $199 Shield set-top box
To this day, everyone snubbed mobile platforms when it comes to serious gaming with the rhetorical question Will it blend? "But can I play Crysis?" Yes, now you can, as NVIDIA has ported Crysis 3, and plenty of other blockbusters to run on its fresh NVIDIA Shield set-top box. 

This Android TV gear is powered by NVIDIA's hardcore X1 chip, of course, so that's one of the reasons you can play Crysis 3 on it.

How are you going to play complex games like Crysis on the Shield, though? Well, the box has its own elaborate gamepad to go with the graphics prowess, which sports up to 40 hours of battery life, or at least these are the official specs.

NVIDIA SHIELD will be available for $199 starting in May. Optional accessories include a remote control, additional controllers and a vertical stand.

NVIDIA is porting other popular titles to the Shield as well, such as Doom 3: BFG Edition, Resident Evil 5, The Talos Principle, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance and Limbo, plus Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, of all things.

source: NVIDIA

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27 Comments

1. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Innovation.... only happening on Android community...

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yes because they didn't land on another community first, nor has another community been the first to truly launch a one OS experience, and and and and...the list goes on, but yea...Android!

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm kind of disappointed I would have prefered a Shield Portable or Shield Tablet since you can just plug those into your TV (but yes those would be 5W, and wouldn't be as powerful as the 20W X1 in the Shield Console) Or better yet, a Shield Phone with a X1m with 2-3W TDP would of been better since phones are far more popular than tablets

15. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

that 20w could probably the power needed for the whole console. we will know for sure when the device actually in the hands of reviewer. back then there were also claim about TK1 alone will consume up to 11w. but in the end it was the maximum board power for Jetson TK1. and you really need to stress it very hard (GPGPU) to see that kind of power consumption

18. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would have loved a 8 inches tablet with a dock station to plug in the TV... Putting the X1 in a phone is just a dream, as it has probably a 10 W TDP. But in tablet it would have been possible.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The K1 was 10W The X1 supposedly is 5-20W So the X1 at 5W should easily easily work in 7"+ tablets But yea, the X1 won't work phones since phones need 2-3W TDP I think it would be possible if Nvidia made an "X1M" with 2-3W TDP and half the X1's GPU Like how there's the 980 for desktop and the 980M for laptops Apple also do something similar with the A8 for iPhone 6 and A8X (with double the GPU and an extra CPU core) for the iPad Air 2

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Eh, the chipset may be innovative but the idea of an Android based console that can stream games is not. I mean there have been streaming sites out for a while now and there have been many Android consoles out there as well. I guess I can "throw them a bone" in terms of combining the two into one device. Also, two big asterisks that you should note here: 1. It's going to cost a certain premium price to stream 1080p games and another cheaper price per month for 720p quality games 2. They've come out and said that for the streaming to work at 1080p at 60 fps you would need an internet connection of 50 Mbps ideally.

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I understand it as a sarcasm, right? Because it's hardly an innovation when these games were on PC few years ago.

23. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Can Exynos run Crysis?

5. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Probably some xda geeks will port Crysis 3 from Shield store, to be sideloaded on any Android device!

6. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

Yes and no. Yes because exynos or atleast the latest 7420 performs inbetween tegra K1 and X1 so the performance isn't the problem. And no because the game will probably be 'tegra only'

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Exactly. Same as consoles, NVIDIA shines through as getting more exclusives for their devices. IMHO, Exynos should do its part, or even Qualcomm, getting exclusives for their devices. Samsung is smart enough to tap gamers as they have their version of Oculus.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 7420's CPU is faster than the K1's CPU But the 7420's GPU (T760-MP10) is slower than the K1's GPU The T760MP10 performs in between the A8 and K1/A8Xhttp://www.socialandroid.it/content/1592-exynos-7420-vs-snapdragon-810-vs-apple-a8-vs-tegra-k1-benchmark/

20. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its not what is fastest but whats inside.

16. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

probably it can be done if the GPU inside Exynos have support for full OpenGL.

24. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Nope, because those games require OpenGL and the GPUs used by Exynos don't have any kind of OpenGL 4.3+ support. They're limited to OpenGL ES3.1 and ARM has no intention to ship OpenGL drivers.

4. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

PA should have made a page for NVIDIA Shield set-up box. Shield runs on Tegra X1. It supports upto 4K and runs on platform Android TV. It will have a dedicated Shield store along with Google Play Store. $199 for Shield. Box will also carry Shield Remote and Gamepad. NVIDIA also announced "Grid" for streaming AAA titles on low spec-ed PC/Shield using Cloud.

7. crestfallen

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Man, I hope those games can run on K1. I don't wanna upgrade to X1 yet. These things cost a fortune here where Nvidia Shield devices are never released officially.

17. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

last year they show Serious Sam 3 running on TK1 device. even that was very choppy. and Crysis 3 is far far more demanding than that. at the very least Talos principle (also from Croteam) already available on TK1.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

As impressive as it sounds, its power envelope is 20 freaking watts! The PS Vita's TDP is probably a quarter of that and runs Borderlands 2 at 20-30fps. The Shield is in an odd position as it can stream PC games at 1080p/60fps AND offer Android ports of those games that struggle to maintain 30fps. Whhhhhhyyyyyyyy doesn't Nvidia just tone down their SoC and make a non-Android, fully fledged handheld console with lower system requirements and better PC ports?!

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Maybe they just want a little portion of every market. Still Android is not a niche for serious gaming, yet. It's in it's path but not today.

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I must not be who this is marketed to. I guess this could replace a console but I've never seen the benefit to a game system hooked up to your TV unless it's for a mulitplayer like Mario Kart or something. Can this support multiple controllers?

22. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

yes it can.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The cost of 50Mb/s internet to run anything at 1080p streaming games makes this 'budget' device hardly budget. All i see it is a way to get into the android fandom and not much more. Plus once directx 12 hits, and gpus see a 20% increase, including the x1, these type of android desktops will have a hard time, imo that is.

26. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1080p streaming doesn't require half that bandwidth. I half 30mb/s and I'm sure it'll do fine. Cost of internet isn't so hard to swallow when I'm not paying for cable. Haven't had cable on 5 years. Just not worth it. Directx 12 only matters for GPUS that get updated. If this system gets enough games which shouldn't be a problem for nvidia, this $200 system will be a hit.

27. MAKDawoodi

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

Sir these games are brought on nvidia shield console but can they be run on my nvidia shield tablet it has tegra k1 processor 32 gb can all these games likes metal gear rising and so on like resident evil 5 borderlands specially crysis 3 wil this run on my shield tablet? and will they be able to download through google play?? and can any other android processor like qualcomm snapdragon 800 or 810 will run these games?? plzz reply''''

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