Just a few days ago,we reported on a new video posted to Nvidia’s blog that showed off the pre-loaded games and other special features that will come with the Shield. Now Nvidia has also revealed their plans to have 25+ games optimized and ready to go for the Shield, from day one.
While Nvidia didn’t give us a full list of the games, they did mention that they consider three of the best titles to be Burn Zombie Burn, ARMA Tactic THD and Dead Arrival 2.
You might notice that none of these games are new or exclusive to Tegra 4, and already play nicely with Tegra 3 devices.
So how while they differ on the Shield? They will likely have enhanced graphics that take advantage of the Tegra 4′s extra processing power. Additionally, the games will be fine-tuned to work flawlessly with the Shield’s built-in controller.
If you were hoping for something “bigger” as a launch title for the platform, don’t start worrying yet. It is very possible that Nvidia still has a few surprises in store for us.
What do you think of the Nvidia Shield, can it truly compete against traditional handheld gaming consoles, or is it a niche product with limited appeal?
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I know all the “cool kids” aren’t impressed, but I’m actually looking forward to this. Between the Ouya and the Shield, things are looking good for mobile gaming.
Personally I’m plenty happy Nvidia have released a chip, with 6 times the power of Tegra 3 in graphics, I love my Nexus 7 with 4 cores and 12 graphics cores. Something with twice the CPU power and 72 GPU cores, in fact it’s UD (4k) capable, so it will play 1080p fHD video cool and low battery drain. It’ll be a gaming demon too, with Nvidia commonalities.
Second that, the only problem is the lack of a real quality game. The great gaming system will only be as good as the game that come with them. Android is still a bit behind iOS in term of quality mobile gaming. It is getting better surely but still a bit behind.
You’d think they’d use some modified desktop games, at the Nvidia 72 GPU level, many games have been written for Linux, minor mods for flash memory, most of games are in the GPUs, so even Windows games would require little change.
Don’t worry, the Tegra 5 prototype was able to run the PC version of Battlefield 3. It won’t be long before we can run PC games on Tegra GPUs.
With a price like this, it will remain a niche product…
Yawn (am I cool yet?)