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Nvidia Shield: Hands-On With A Tegra 4-Based Handheld


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The unanswered question is: how much will it cost? Nvidia preemptively threw out that Shield won’t be subsidized, and it does want to make money on the device. But prospective customers are going to compare it to the 3DS, Xperia Play, and Vita, rather than Atom/Cortex-A15/Krait-based tablets.

To that end, I’d like to see Shield selling in the $250 range, though the shot across the bow of console companies suggests this might not be the case. Nvidia does need to lean heavily on its ISV relationships to bolster the appeal of Android gaming beyond where it sits today though, and Nvidia absolutely must knock the PC gaming experience out of the park. That’s the one capability most appealing to me. I just need to find a few titles I can play without embarrassing myself using those joysticks.
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I doubt I would ever use it as a android gaming device, but the streaming games from your pc to the device intrigues me. I expect this will serve me well on the toilet.
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Looks absolutely ridiculous, but Tegra 4 seems to be very impressive.
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Beyond the streaming feature (which works impressively well) and the integration with Steam Big Picture, this thing might be a joke.
Am I the only who thinks Nvidia released this (and are slashing the 680 prices) because they are freaking out since AMD is (allegedly) supplying chips for the PS4 and Xbox?
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Originally Posted by dklimitless View Post

Beyond the streaming feature (which works impressively well) and the integration with Steam Big Picture, this thing might be a joke.
Am I the only who thinks Nvidia released this (and are slashing the 680 prices) because they are freaking out since AMD is (allegedly) supplying chips for the PS4 and Xbox?

With almost 4x the worth of AMD? Why would they worry?

NVidia has a foot in the mobile and tablet market, and a stranglehold on the HPC market. AMD make CPU's and GPUs, and both combined, so they're a natural choice for consoles.

The only segment of the overall market where AMD and NVidia compete are the desktop GPU market (Currently) and that's the only market NVidia currently needs to worry about AMD.
Edited by Rubers - 1/22/13 at 5:02am
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I don't think this will sell well at all.

Lets face it, most android games suck - and while the streaming feature is nice, tell me how exactly is this useful? If I want to play a PC game, why not just sit in front of my PC. How in the world is it useful to stream to a handheld in the same house? And the quality of the game is still 100% entirely dependent on how good your PC is......so if you have a GTX 680 it will stream great! But it will render your PC useless while the GPU is at 100% load, and NOT TO MENTION you could have just sat in front of your PC in the first place to play the same game....

And they want to compete with the Vita and 3ds that have well established software ecosystems AND don't have to rely on streaming for a good game experience? Whatever, nvidia...

It will be hilarious if nvidia tries to charge 250$ for this.
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Looks horrible, whoever designed the shell should hang their head in shame.
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^ the point was missed on you.

This uses the Tegra 4 chipset, which is supposed to be more powerful than the PSP Vita. It could very well become a handheld competitor. The Streaming thing is a gimmick and a side feature.
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Originally Posted by Rubers View Post

With almost 4x the worth of AMD? Why would they worry?

NVidia has a foot in the mobile and tablet market, and a stranglehold on the HPC market. AMD make CPU's and GPUs, and both combined, so they're a natural choice for consoles.

The only segment of the overall market where AMD and NVidia compete are the desktop GPU market (Currently) and that's the only market NVidia currently needs to worry about AMD.

The goal of businesses is to keep making profits, not to remain stagnant tongue.gif. If the rumours are true, the gap will close (maybe not dramatically due to Nvidia's strong presence in the mobile market at the moment + the Tegra 4's release). I'd expect any company that wants to make profits to freak out a little after missing a deal as big as that. Anyway, we'll see how things play out in a few months smile.gif.
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