Android (and PC) gaming fans who pre-ordered Nvidia’s Shield handheld have reason to rejoice. After a lengthy delay caused by a “mechanical issue” with third-party parts, the company announced today that units will ship July 31.
The Shield has undergone a number of changes since its Consumer Electronics Show reveal earlier this year. In response to consumer feedback, Nvidia lowered the price to $299 shortly before the Shield’s release. The company also worked to improve the device’s look and feel before launch; the finalized hardware includes improved button, trigger, and d-pad responsiveness, a beefier screen hinge, and reduced streaming game latency for Nvidia graphics cards that support the functionality.
Billed as a console-cum-game streamer, Nvidia envisions the Shield as a sort of showcase for the company’s newest mobile chipset, Tegra 4. It’s unsurprising, then, that the device’s internals aren’t unlike those of a high-end smartphone: in addition to the quad-core reference CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz, the Shield packs 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch, 720p display, Bluetooth 3.0, a gyroscope and accelerometer, and even GPS. Nvidia’s operating system of choice – stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean – is an even clearer indication that the company hopes to galvanize the developer community with Shield ahead of a broader Tegra 4 rollout.
Those who pre-ordered the Shield should receive a shipping confirmation in the next couple of weeks. Any folks interested in placing an order can do so at Nvidia’s website.
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This thing is beyond stupid. First of all; there are some games that look good on Android and when i say good i mean compared to a freaking Dreamcast FFS! Using it for anything other than gaming is highly impractical. So essentially u got a OUYA with a screen for 3 times the price. Why would anyone buy this sh..?
The only thing that interests me would be the ability to play the pc versions of like skyrim or bioshock or borderlands or whatever, but thats only if you could play them straight from the device, not stream them. Also playing steam games I guess. It just ssems like a higher end phone with attached controller :/…I already have a rooted note 2 with a 9300mah battery that I can play with my ps3 controller when I want too. So far this doesnt peak my interest AT ALL. Im picking up the next Nexus 7 though as soon as its released! Excited for that :)
There might be a future in this but not now.
i don’t think nvidia intend to fight other android console hence the pricing. looking at OUYA, Wiki pad and soon to come Mad Catz MOJO will be using Tegra processor what good nvidia fight those company which also using their own processor? Shield meant to be reference platform for developer who intended to develop their games on Tegra processor in the future. even nvidia themselves did not expect to sell many of this device to public.
What happens when the game is made for portrait viewing ?
Those games will probably be marked as incompatible, even though other than awkward screen orientation, the hardware is perfectly capable of running them.
Either that or the game will be forced to run sideways using only about one third of the screen. Both are unsatisfactory answers and show that more thought should have gone into this type of device. The portrait orientation problem is a very reasonable question in a mobile OS like Android.
A console-cum-game streamer? :)
once somebody unlock it to enable streaming from non-nvidia gpu, I’ll buy :)
not sure how that can be done. the streaming function need specific hardware that available in Kepler based gpu that’s why the streaming function are not possible even with powerful GPU like GTX580. how can specific hardware that exist in Kepler gpu to exist in AMD gpu? in theory it still can be done but do expect the latency to spike
i think there is typo on the cpu clock speed. Nvidia Shield T4 will be clocked at 1.9Ghz (max frequency for T4) not 1.7Ghz. so far Shield will be the only device with the processor clocked to max. other Tegra 4 device that are known so far only clocked up to 1.8Ghz
Buying a Moga controller to use with my current smartphone still seems like the better way to go. The PC game streaming is gimmicky at best since you can only do it over the same wifi network. I just don’t see the point of playing a PC game on the mobile device when my PC is right there and available.