Shield console suffers a minor setback just prior to launch
Nvidia said a final round of quality assurance (QA) testing turned up a mechanical issue in its Shield handheld gaming platform, prompting the device maker to delay the system's launch until sometime next month. The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and while Nvidia didn't specific exactly which piece of hardware is acting up, the company did say that it's working around the clock with the part's supplier to resolve the issue.
Nvidia today lifted the wraps off its GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, a mid-range part that fared well in our benchmarking and surprised us with a $250 MSRP, and coinciding with the hardware release is a new set of drivers in beta trim. Available to download now, the GeForce 320.49 beta driver delivers improved stability and performance, and is especially recommended "for players of GRID 2 and other recent releases," Nvidia says.
Nvidia attacks the midrange with its latest GK104-based GPU
Today Nvidia is launching its newest 700-series GPU, the $250 GK104-based GTX 760. This is a "hard launch" as opposed to a paper launch, so you should be able to buy cards from your favorite e-tailers by the time you read this. Unlike its more expensive brethren, the GTX 770 and the GTX 780, the GTX 760 is a budget-oriented card that outpaces AMD's HD 7950 as well as its own $300 GTX 660 Ti. Nvidia says if you're looking to upgrade from a GTX 560 Ti or similar $200-ish dollar card, this is the GPU you want. After looking at the benchmark scores, it's hard to argue with that logic.
Good news, gamers. Nvidia has decided to slash $50 off the price of its upcoming Shield handheld gaming device, thus giving it a new MSRP of $299 (down from $349 previously). For those of you who already pre-ordered a Shield, you don't have to go pound sand. Nvidia says that you, too, will be charged the new price when the product ships.
It's hard to argue against the success ARM has had in the mobile space. Arguably no other company has a larger footprint in the smartphone and tablet market, and it's all done through licensing its technology to third parties. Nvidia, whose own Tegra line is based on ARM's architecture, has been paying attention to ARM's business savvy and will soon begin licensing its Kepler GPU technology to other companies.
We had the chance to check out E3 2013 in Los Angeles, California last week. As expected, the gaming/tech event was a big one withMicrosoft and Sony showing off their new Xbox One and PS4 consoles. But it wasn't all about the next-generation consoles. PC vendors such as Nvidia, AMD, Alienware, and Razer were at the expo showing off their latest gaming toys and there were a bunch of PC-exclusive titles at the event.
As you might expect, Nvidia had a major presence at E3. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out some of Nvidia's E3 highlights and declaration on the state of PC gaming, which is filled with a bunch of tech demos, including The Witcher 3 and Warframe. In addition to showcasing what game developers are up to, Nvidia talked about Grid, Shield, and a PVR feature it's baking into GeForce Experience.
Folks, PC gaming is alive and well. That's the big takeaway from our time spent with Nvidia at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), in which the GPU maker declared that the PC is the "most important gaming platform." To prove it, Nvidia hit us with some statistics from GDC indicating that 48 percent of game developers are focusing their efforts on the PC, versus 13 percent who are working on titles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, 11 percent on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and 5 percent for the Wii U. That's only one example.
Perhaps things were getting a little awkward for Club 3D in trying to maintain a relationship with both AMD and Nvidia, two competing GPU makers. Whatever the reason, from this point forward Club 3D is solely in AMD's corner and will no longer be producing video cards with Nvidia's silicon. Club 3D provided an official statement on its decision, noting that it's been a long ride serving both companies, but that it now wants to put all its focus on developing AMD cards.