Why You Should Take Nvidia’s Shield Tablet Seriously – And Its Not Because Of The Tegra K1

Ramish Zafar
Posted 2 years ago

Nvidia is all set to launch the Shield tablet this month. With the Shield tablet, the company seems ready to take a full swing at the portable gaming market. The Shield tablet due to be launched this month is very different from it’s predecessor. The Shield tablet will have an 8 inch screen and will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1, known to have some impressive benchmarks itself. In the Shield tablet, Nvidia has separated the controllers from the main screen of the device. this was not the case in the previous Shield handheld gaming console. The previous Shield provided an opportunity to play your favorite games on-the-go. But in the Shield tablet, not only have the controllers been separated from the device but they will also be sold separately.

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With the Shield Tablet, Nvidia seems to be offering quite a lot at a reasonable price. The 16 GB Wi-Fi version of the Nvidia Shield tablet will cost you $299 and the 32 GB LTE version will cost $399. These are of course for the tablet only. With the Shield tablet, Nvidia wants to offer a device which can also be used for day-to-day activities. Supplementing the Shield tablet are wireless controllers with about the same lag time as an Xbox controller, according to Nvidia. The controllers cost $59 a pop and up to four controllers can be paired with the tablet at a time.


Nvidia also claims that the Shield tablet will outperform its rivals as well. This is due to the fact that the Shield tablet is powered by the Tegra K1 which supports all the advanced graphics technologies as the GeForce Titan. That being said, the Shield tablet is also the first tablet which is able to directly stream PC games from the cloud. Plus, with the option of console mode on the tablet, you can stream your Android or PC games directly to your tv. And that too in a resolution of 1080p. The Shield Tablet can also take 5 MP pictures from its front camera and output video at 4K. Included with the tablet is a built in stylus which features GPU accelerated painting and active response.

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The Shield tablet gets support for GameStream, which lets users stream games directly from their PCs over Wi-Fi. Another service included is Nvidia Grid which streams games from cloud on demand. This service is available only in North California currently, as it is in beta testing mode. It also features console mode, which was present in the previous Shield portable as well. This allows you to turn your tablet into a console which is plugged into your tv using the Mini HDMI 1.4a  output port. Oh and there’s also a kickstand cover available to be purchased with the tablet. This costs $ 39. Overall, the Shield tablet seems to be a pretty solid device. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.


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