The NVIDIA Shield is one of the best devices available in the market that can not only play Android games but also allow streaming games from a desktop PC. Released in July of last year, it still has very impressive specs compared to most of the newly released tablets and the company plans to make this device even better with the scheduled Android 4.4.2 KitKat update this April 2.
Nvidia announced good news for Shield owners today at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The upcoming KitKat update will bring several new features to the device the biggest of which is Remote GameStream support. GameStream is a beta feature present in Shield which allows desktop PCs with graphics powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 600- or 700-series graphics card to stream games to the Shield over a local network. Remote GameStream improves on this by allowing consumers to stream games from any network anywhere. Players could be at a coffee shop or even at their friends house and they will still be able to stream PC games on the Shield. What are needed for this to work are a 5Mbps upstream connection at home and a 5 Mbps connection downstream connection from wherever the games are to be played. A Wi-Fi connection or even LTE connection will work as long as the downstream and upstream parameters are met.
The update will also bring the Android Runtime feature to the gaming device which should provide better compatibility with new games and apps. Right now there are over 330 Android games that support the controls of the Shield and over 100 PC games that can integrate with the GameStream service.
What’s probably exciting news is that the Nvidia Shield’s price has dropped to $199 from the usual $299 price tag. The catch though is that this price drop is only good until the end of April after which it will revert back to its original price.
With the KitKat update coming next month and its price dropped, now is the best time to get this device for those who have been planning to get this Android gaming console.
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core mobile processor
- RAM: 2 GB
- Display: 5-inch 1280×720 (294 PPI)
- Audio: Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
- Storage: 16 GB Flash memory
- Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
- Motion Sensors: 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer