Nvidia was all nestled all snug in its bed, while visions of Lollipop's Material Design danced in its head
Nvidia today announced that its Shield Hub received some major updates along with a new look, improved GameStrem experience in console mode, and better connectivity to GRID, the company's on-demand game streaming service that resides in the cloud. The new layout comes hot on the heels of Android 5.0 Lollipop making its way to Nvidia's Shield Tablet, which is where the "Material Design" comes into play.
Choose your weapon: Shield portable or Shield tablet
If you happen to be in the market for a Shield (in either handheld portable or tablet form), or are otherwise looking for gift ideas this holiday season, hold your horses for just a few more days and you'll score a better deal. Like many, Nvidia is participating in the Black Friday festivities, and it's doing it with a couple of bundle options for the aforementioned mobile gaming devices, both of which will come a few extra incentives.
Owners of Nvidia’s Shield Tablet will be in for a surprise soon. Nvidia is releasing a major software update and new capabilities for the Shield Tablet which will involve upgrading its OS to Android 5.0 Lollipop, refreshing the handheld’s apps, and introducing the company’s new GRID on-demand gaming service.
For those of you who've been waiting for Nvidia to start shipping its Shield gaming tablet with 32GB of on-board storage and 4G LTE connectivity baked in, the wait is now over -- you can order the Shield 32GB LTE gaming tablet for $399 direct from Nvidia's website. That's twice as much storage as the 16GB model, plus you get LTE connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi access, additions that come at a $100 premium.
Looks like Nvidia isn’t done trying to get into the living room. According to the BBC, Nvidia is developing a new device that will play PC games on televisions, making use of the developer’s GeForce Experience software. It will also run Android software and, BBC reports, will have a “budget-priced separate controller.”
Grab a Shield handheld console for $199 (for a limited time)
Nvidia keeps upping the ante for its promising Shield console in hopes that you'll put your chips in and cash out as a converted gamer. The latest attempt at making you take that leap is the addition of two popular titles -- as of today, Half Life 2 and Portal are both available to Shield owners in Google Play, Nvidia announced. Both run natively on Android, and according to Nvidia, the utmost care and attention was paid to every detail to ensure they both deliver the full PC experience.
What could be Nvidia's second generation Shield console makes a benchmark run on AnTuTu
It's been a little less than nine months since Nvidia released its Shield handheld game console to the public, and while there have been software updates since then, there's already talk of a second generation model with improved hardware. While this hasn't been confirmed as the real deal, news of a Shield 2 making a benchmarking run at AnTuTu is making the rounds. Care to venture a guess about its hardware?
OTA update adds new and enhanced features to Nvidia's Shield handheld
Owners of Nvidia's Shield console are in for a treat. On April 2, Nvidia will begin rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update that upgrades the device's Android platform to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, though that's not the only feature upgrade. It also adds a bunch of GameStream enhancements, including some beta goodies such as notebook support, Wake on LAN, and remote login support, which will allow users to log into a locked PC remotely from Shield.
The GeForce GTX 780 Ti will be available on Nov. 7 at $699 as part of Nvidia’s “The Way It’s Meant to be Played Holiday Bundle with Shield” promotion. Starting tomorrow, the GTX 780 will drop to $499 and the GTX 770 will drop to $329. Buy a 780 Ti, 780, or 770 and you’ll get Batman: Arkham Origins,Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for free. You’ll also get a $100 coupon towards the Shield.