NVIDIA already has a portable Android gaming system out in the market called the Shield and it plans to add another one soon. The upcoming device is reportedly going to be called the NVIDIA Shield tablet and will use the company’s powerful Tegra K1 processor. It’s also going to come with Gamestream support which means that it will not only play Android games but PC games as well.
The difference between the current Shield device and the upcoming Shield Tablet is that the former has physical controls attached to a 5 inch touchscreen display. The latter is purely a tablet although we still don’t have any information as to what its display size is going to be.
The recently reported NVIDIA Mocha which is a 7.9-inch tablet that has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and uses a Tegra K1 processor with a clock speed of 2.1 GHz could very well be the NVIDIA Shield tablet. There’s a big possibility that the company will be placing the Shield branding on this device as its hardware specifications fits that of a gaming system.
NVIDIA already has a tablet out in the market called the Tegra Note 7 that uses a Tegra 4 CPU. This device has a 7-inch display and is priced at $199. It’s also not sold directly by the company rather its partners such as EVGA and ZOTAC are selling the device under different brand names.
The Tegra Note 7 couldn’t possibly be the Shield tablet that the company is planning to release for the simple reason that it is not able to support the Gamestream feature. For Gamestream to work it needs to be able to access 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, something which the Tegra Note 7 could not do.
Everything therefore points out to the NVIDIA Mocha getting a Shield branding soon. If you’ve missed the report on this, data on this device was released last week over at GFXBench however it has already been removed. The benchmark results suggest that the Mocha is going to use the powerful Tegra K1 processor and that it will have a 7-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. The Tegra K1 chip uses four Cortex-A15 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.1 GHz.
Although consumers have been playing games on tablets for quite some time now, NVIDIA wants to change this by offering something unique. The main selling point of the Shield tablet is its ability to stream PC games. Of course certain requirements must first be met such as having a desktop or a laptop with the right hardware.
- GPU: Desktop ( GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU),Notebook (GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and select Kepler-based GTX 600M)
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz or higher
- System Memory: 4 GB or higher
- Software: GeForce Experience application and latest GeForce drivers
- OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
- Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended)
Once the hardware requirements are met consumers will be able to stream PC titles such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and DOTA 2 on the Shield tablet.