Nvidia Shield Tablet Review

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TheMissingPiece

Really great video Jimmy. Who's doing the camerawork? It looks great.

If there's anything I'd like you to improve on, it'd probably be speaking, perhaps a bit more fluidly and less script-like would be better, but that's something most people have trouble with anyways.

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cometvermont

Where did you get that stylus? It almost looks as if it a "fine point" stylus which I have search all around the web for & have yet to find.

If I'm wrong & it's just a "normal" stylus please let me know.

Thanks.

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compro01

The stylus comes with the tablet.

But it doesn't work for anything else. It's only usable with this tablet.

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andrewc513

Auto-playing videos? Stop it. Now. Stop, MaximumPC.

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Bdiddytampa

Thanks for the review Jimmy :-) This thing looks like fun, I might hold out to see if they release an updated version of this with the 64-bit K1 though :-P

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AETAaAS

How much gaming time do you get if it generates enough heat to mandate that "extra thermal shield". Also, the wording makes it sound like the Shield Tab is passively cooled while the Nexus 7 is not. :p

I didn't understand the original Shield because I didn't want to stream a video game from my desktop which has a big monitor, keyboard and mouse to a 5 inch device. The Tab is better as a Tablet, a bit more clunky as a portable item as it is now two parts and steaming still doesn't do it for me despite the larger screen.

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jimmthang

The Nexus 7 is passively cooled, but the original Shield, which is WAY more powerful, is not. The Shield Tablet is passively cooled like the Nexus 7, but is WAY faster than the original Shield. 

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Will Valve's Steambox controllers work seamlessly with NVidia controllers?

I don't see a problem using AMD graphics in a Steambox but the controllers should all work seamlessly at the same performance levels (Low Latency / High Bandwidth) and each should work seamlessly on both the Steambox and NVidia Shield

Controllers definitely need to be standardized when you start mixing and matching stream-tech from other Companies

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jimmthang

Can you explain what you mean when you ask, "Will Valve's Steambox controllers work seamlessly with NVidia controllers?" ?

 

At this point, the new Shield controller only works with the Shield. I believe eventually you will be able to use it on PCs provided they support wi-fi direct. I've asked Nvidia to see if the Shield controller will be able to work on PCs via its USB connection (it's currently not supported) and they said they might look into but are currently focused on building the Shield ecosystem. 

Also, on a somewhat different note, you can use bluetooth controllers on the Shield.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

What I mean is...

It would be nice to buy a Steambox without the controller for anyone who prefers the NVidia controller or for someone who wants all Steam Controllers when using the shield

A Steambox should work well for sending a gamestream and the shield should work well for receiving that gamestream but it would be nice to use whichever controller you prefer

How many different controllers do you have at home?

I would like to have only 1 type (for Streaming Platforms)

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Bdiddytampa

I'd also like to add that Steam streaming and Nvidia shield streaming are 2 completely separate things...

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jimmthang

Well, a Steambox is just a PC so you can use whatever PC controller you want with it. However, I do believe that Valve will require all steamboxes be sold with a Steam controller to officially be sanctioned as a steam machine, however (unless something changes). 

As for Steam controller compatibility with the Shield? I doubt it considering the Shield really only supports its wi-fi direct controller and bluetooth controllers at this point. And hell, the Steam Controller isn't even out yet. 

As for how many controllers I have? I've got a wired xbox 360 controller, a wireless xbox 360 controller, a bluetooth controller from nyko, a couple playstation 3 controllers (which work on PCs if you do some minor tweaks), the orignal shield, and now the new shield controller.

^and yes, that's a lot of controllers, but that's because I'm me. :P 

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Innomasta

Adreno GPU's be darned!

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Innomasta

double post

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froggz

The original shield stays on my night stand for some pre-sleep video gaming/netflixing/web browsing action. Yeah its bulky, but it's perfect because it's all one piece. I actually like it better than my tablet because you can use the controller part as a stand. Laying down, face up, the controller will sit on my chest so my hands are free, unlike a tablet.

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Arthur Dent

If they release a 10 inch version I'll be interested.

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Hey.That_Dude

+1. Perhaps with 4K screen? Maybe? Please?