Nvidia Shield Tablet Revealed

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Granite

If I hadn't just bought my Tegra Note 7 a month ago, I'd seriously think about getting this Nvidea Shield.

I like this 8" form factor and that cover is identical to mine. I like it.

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Philippe Lemay

Looks like the controller won't be compatible with just any Android device... That's such a wasted opportunity, I find. EVERYONE has an Android by now, and a good chunk of those are modern 4.X devices that could make decent mobile gaming platforms. All they're really missing is an easy-to-use, affordable controller.

We have the Moga and that Steelseries thing, but they seem complicated to setup and/or overly expensive.

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Philippe Lemay

Having put my complaints aside, and having thought about this a bit more, there is one way of looking at this that makes it pretty desirable...

Considering how pure Nvidia tends to make its Android experience, one could almost see this as an equivalent to the long-awaited Nexus 8. The price is right (if you omit all those bells and whistles) and gaming optimized or not that is one beefy chip running it. Plus it has a micro SD slot! I may have to consider this thing after all...

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vrmlbasic

That is an interesting idea. I could use a better tablet and since Google hasn't been forthcoming with one (and if they did they'd likely continue their no-MicroSD BS) and this might fit the bill.

Of course, 300 bucks is still pretty steep.

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LatiosXT

http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/wifip2p.html

Android as of 4.0 supports Wi-Fi Direct. Though I don't know if that's a system level thing or an application level thing.

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shotgun-eddie

The Shield (portable) I found very interesting. I was holding off seeing if they could get a Steam streaming client on it instead of the nvidia select title stream feature. I would love to lie back on the couch and play an indie like Torch Light II with my kids possibly joining me on another machine. Also, once I got wind of the K1, the actively cooled Tegra 4 seems like an antiquated old overclocked chip like some P4 net burst. I was hoping for a Shield 2 (portable) with the K1; I have not considered this tablet yet. One interesting thing to consider is that I believe that Sony is trying to make an Android app to get any tablet to act as an extension to the PS4 like the WiiU controller. Some people may be playing PS4 games on their Nvidia shield.

Does anyone know if there are any real android games that could be fun either on the big screen in console mode, or in stand-alone mode with a controller? I am sure there are a lot of titles but how do they compare against current consoles and PC games? Personally I think android sucks big harry wookiee balls to develop in.

Would anyone who does not like this change their mind if there was a full Steam streaming client for it?

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Innomasta

God that Tegra K1 is a helluva chip.

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jgottberg

This has FAIL written all over it. Its almost seems as though Nvidia does NO pilot testing on these devices to see if a market exists for them.

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Innomasta

You negative nancy, you

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jgottberg

lol!

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LatiosXT

Congratulations, you just pointed out what the entire gizmo/technology industry does.

They don't exist to fill a need/desire. They exist to create a need/desire.

That aside I am kind of curious to see how this holds up, even if I don't really have much use for an Android tablet (I have a Transformer Infinity sitting it's box now since I got the T100).

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jgottberg

Well... yeah... I get that companies make products to create a desire to buy them but in this case, the product doesn't make sense.

As far as I know, there aren't any hardcore Android based games to take advantage of the hardware in this tablet. And then there is the "why would I buy a portable gaming system that basically requires a separate controller and carry around all this equipment?" It's not like I'd whip this thing out and start playing on the train on my commute home. And, if I"m spending $300 or $400 for what amounts to a console, I might as well get something mainstream like a PS4/XBone that I know games like Madden, Destiny, Grand Theft, etc are designed for.

Eh... I just don't get it.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

They made it for me

I thought it would be kinda cool

But I was wrong!

It's better than kinda cool!

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LatiosXT

Except from where I see it, a $300-$400 that's only useful as a gaming/media device has less value than a $300-$400 tablet. All I've used my PS4 for was to play games and watch streamed video, but I will get plenty of use out of a tablet beyond that.

And even if there aren't a lot of games that take advantage of the hardware, the games are still plentiful and dirt cheap if not outright free.

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jgottberg

I suppose... I just see it as something of a really, really low volume seller. Call it a hunch :)

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LatiosXT

It is a specialized tablet, but they wouldn't be making a 2 if 1 didn't sell too well. Or listened to customer suggestions.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I'm sure they listen to customers suggestions...

It's Kinda like a dumb terminal ain't it?

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jgottberg

I read an article that said the first one flopped (I'll see if I can find the article again) which is why they ditched that all-in-one form factor (controller and screen).

Here is the article http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/multimedia/display/20140217235109_Nvidia_s_Shield_Game_Consoles_Fail_to_Gain_Popularity_Company.html

But as with anything, I'm sure you could find articles stating it was a smashing success.

I'm not a doom and gloom guy so I'm not "hoping" it fails, I just don't see it being massively adopted.

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Badstroller

You have completely missed the point of this device. It's a reference device that shows what features you could actually build into a form factor like this. It just so happens that they are offering it to the public. Because if no one else is making something like this, how is anyone supposed to know that it's possible to jam 192 CUDA cores into a tablet? It's not like they're expecting to move millions of these devices. Tablets aren't nvidia's bottom line, they're a way of opening new markets and diversifying their offerings.

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uhgungawa

The first shield was a flop, but the EVGA note 7 is one hell of a $200 tablet. Updating and mixing the two of them might just be a winning combo. The only downside is the price tag, after the tablet, controller, and cover it gets quite pricey.