The NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming console has received new updates during the GTC 2014 keynote. NVIDIA's Shield which is based on the Tegra 4 chip was announced back at CES 2013 and featured the Android Jelly Bean operating system, it has since its announcement received several price cuts and new software implementation which are still being improved by NVIDIA.
NVIDIA Shield With Android KitKat OS Now Available For $199 US
NVIDIA has announced during their GTC 2014 keynote that NVIDIA Shield would now retail for $199 US through April. This is a significant price cut for the handheld device which was released at $349 but adjusted to $299 and later $249 when buying select GeForce graphics cards during the holiday bundle sale. In addition to the price cut, NVIDIA Shield would also receive the latest Android KitKat (Android 4.4.2) OS which will improve performance and stability for the Tegra based gaming platform.
NVIDIA Shield has also received several software updates during its lifetime which include technologies such as GameStream which allow games to be streamed on a Shield device directly from a PC running GeForce graphics or the Shield to virtually act as a gaming console that can stream games on a HDTV. NVIDIA is improving this support by adding Remote streaming, Remote login and Wake on LAN features to this small device to enhance accessibility for users. NVIDIA's Gamestream also allows Shield to deliver 1080P quality with smooth 60 FPS as opposed to 720P and 30 FPS while it was under BETA. With a portfolio of more that of over 100 PC games which can be streamed on Shield, the device has become a meaningful handheld device for couch comfy gaming.
At the core of Project SHIELD is the world’s fastest mobile processor, the new NVIDIA Tegra 4, which delivers enormous power from its custom 72-core GeForce GPU and the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15. These, combined with its battery-saver core and energy-saving PRISM 2 technology, deliver hours of gameplay on a single charge.
NVIDIA Shield Feature Set Evolution Till Now:
|NVIDIA Shield July 2013||NVIDIA Shield March 2014|
|PC Games Support||24||100+|
|Android OS||Jelly Bean||KitKat|
|GameStream||720P , 30 FPS||1080P , 60 FPS|
|Price||$299 US||$199 US|
NVIDIA Renames Parker SOC To Tegra Erista - Features Maxwell GPU Architecture
In addition to the Shield, NVIDIA also announced that their Tegra Erista SOC will be the next generation Tegra chip. The Tegra Erista is the same chip which Parker was meant to be but it has been renamed to Erista for a reason unknown. Nevertheless, the Tegra Erista would feature NVIDIA's latest Maxwell GPU architecture with which NVIDIA will not only tone down the power consumption but the latest GPU architecture could be used and implemented in several small form factor devices such as tablets, phones, etc.
The Tegra Erista would also feature the Denver CPU core like Logan and its highly likely we will see a Quad Core Denver CPU variant on Erista with four 64-bit ARM general purpose cores. The SOC will be built on the latest FinFET process design.