Starting this #BlackFriday #NVIDIAShield #AndroidTV console can be yours with a $50 discount. Both the standard and Pro models of the Shield already come with the free remote, so that deal will apply as well. So customers basically stand to save $100 this Black Friday.
There’s one caveat here though. The deal will only be applicable for in-store purchases, which means that you will physically have to visit a store get the Shield Android TV with the aforementioned discounts in the country. You can walk over to Best Buy, Fry’s GameStop or the nearest Micro Center outlet to snatch up the Shield on the cheap.
For those looking to buy products from the comfort of their homes, NVIDIA will offer the same deal on Cyber Monday (November 30) from its own website, Amazon, Newegg as well as NCIX.
Make sure you bookmark this Amazon link for Cyber Monday if you’re interested in snatching up the Shield Android TV with the discount. Will you be willing to stand in line on Black Friday to get the Shield for cheap or do you prefer buying it online? Sound off below.
Via: Android Police
Yesterday we spoke about NVIDIA’s new sale which was offering the Shield TV + Remote bundle for just $199.99. Today, Amazon has joined in on the action and is offering the Shield console, the SHIELD controller as well as the Remote for just $174.99, knocking out a decent amount off the asking price.
For $274.99, you can get the 500GB version of the Shield along with the Remote, which is also worth considering if you’re looking for more storage out of the box.
We’re not sure how long this deal will last, so make sure you hop on board while you still can. The NVIDIA Shield console runs Android TV and comes with the company’s revolutionary GRID game streaming service, letting you play games over the cloud. If you’ve always wanted to get the Shield console, now is probably the right time to get it.
Hit the Amazon link below for more details on the product.
The #NVIDIA #ShieldTablet was recently recalled by the company over potential fire issues. The company had already sent out replacement units to customers although the device was not available for new customers. That changes today with the announcement of the Shield Tablet K1, which is essentially the same device, but devoid of any battery related issues on board and the exclusion of a couple of other features to cut costs.
The tablet will be sold at just $199.99, which is a good $100 cheaper than the original model. The company is currently offering the 16GB WiFi only model for now, with no word on whether the LTE model will arrive anytime soon.
To keep the costs at bay, NVIDIA has now removed the DirectStylus 2 slot and will not supply the accessory along with the device either. This can be purchased separately for $19.99. You can also get a magnetic keyboard cover for $39.99 and the Shield gaming controller for a hefty $59.99, which will let you convert the Shield Tablet K1 into a true gamer’s device.
Make sure you head over to the link below in order to get the tablet.
Via: The Verge
The #NVIDIA #Shield console is now receiving a new update to Android TV 2.1. This comes after the 2.0 update left some bugs within the system, hindering the usage of the customers. This new update fixes the HDMI black levels while improving compatibility as well.
Here’s the changelog mentioned by NVIDIA in its entirety:
Enjoy great new apps and games:
Showtime – Stream all new episodes or catch up on past seasons of hit shows like Homeland.
Disney Movies Anywhere – Watch your Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars digital movies.
Contrast – Delve into a dreamlike 1920s world in this award-winning adventure/puzzle game.
Pix the Cat – Challenge your reflexes and wits in this critically acclaimed intense arcade game.
Plus more enhancements:
Improves HDMI black levels and HDMI compatibility
The update should be hitting devices anytime now, but don’t be surprised if it takes some time to reflect on all devices. The user interface on your NVIDIA Shield console should remain unchanged for the most part, so don’t expect a lot of changes post the update.
Via: Android Police
The #Shield #AndroidTV and the #ShieldPortable are now receiving minor bug patching updates from #NVIDIA. The Shield Portable seems to have some more items on the changelog, while the Shield Console changelog simply mentions optimization of the console for new games and apps, so it’s nothing major.
Here’s the changelog for the Shield Portable:
- Updates NVIDIA button functionality from voice search to SHIELD Hub
- Start/Play button now behaves the same as in Kit Kat
- Security updates
Shield Portable users will find that pressing the NVIDIA logo on the device will now take them to the Shield hub instead of performing a voice search, which makes a lot of sense.
There aren’t any other significant changes on board here, so users will probably not notice a lot of changes. The updates should start seeding right away and should hit your devices anytime now. But if you haven’t seen the updates yet, be rest assured that they’re on their way.
Source: NVIDIA (1) (2)
Via: Droid Life
The NVIDIA Shield Portable from 2013, managed to gather a lot of eyeballs in the tech sphere as it promised to bring top end titles to a portable device, complete with the usual set of gaming controls. And today, a benchmark listing has popped up, possibly of the Shield Portable 2, giving us a good idea about its hardware as well.
GFXBench has revealed that this device comes with 32GB of onboard storage, coupled by 3GB of RAM. It is also said that the device comes with a 7.8 inch 1080p display, but without a touchscreen. This essentially means that all the controls will have to be managed with the device’s D Pad and other navigational keys, which might not necessarily be a bad thing despite the relatively large display on board.
There’s no word on the make of the chipset, but the CPU clock speed is shown to be 2.0 GHz, which suggests that this is indeed going to be a powerhouse as far as performance is concerned. We hope NVIDIA will unveil the Shield Portable 2 at the earliest, so that it doesn’t remain a mystery for long.
Source: GFX Bench
Via: VR Zone
Good news awaits customers of NVIDIA’s Shield devices as the company has now announced that the number of available titles on the GRID service has touched 40. Initially, only 20 games were made available for streaming, so it has certainly come a long way.
GRID can be downloaded directly from your Shield device through the Shield Hub application or from the Play Store. The service is being offered for free until June 30 2015, with the promise of new games being added every week.
Available titles include, Batman: Arkham City, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II and many more. The ability to stream a large number of games at any given time is certainly an attractive proposition. This service is sadly an exclusive to owners of the company’s Shield Portable and Shield Tablet.
NVIDIA is bringing Saints Row IV on GRID today, while Alan Wake will make its way to NVIDIA’s servers on the 24th of Feb and Metro Last Light Redux will be live on March 3. These three games will bring the total tally to 40, so as of now users will only have access to 38 games.
Have you used NVIDIA GRID before? What do you think of the service?
Via: PC World
As we wait for Black Friday promotions to kick off, NVIDIA has announced its own sales to encourage buyers this Friday. The company is offering the Shield Tablet and last year’s Shield handheld gaming console at a discounted price when coupled with a bunch of accessories. These prices are valid only for a day on the 28th of November, so make sure you bookmark NVIDIA’s page and set a reminder to access these deals in time.
The Shield Tablet bundle which consists of the tablet itself in addition to the wireless Shield controller, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and Portal for just $399. This bundle would usually set you back by $488, so it’s quite a lot of savings on the device. For those looking to get last year’s Shield portable console, NVIDIA is offering a carrying case and the glossy black colored ‘Armor’ along with the device for just $199, which is a savings of $59.
These deals are certainly worthwhile considering the value of the items combined. Since they are coming straight from NVIDIA, you might not find better deals on the two devices this Friday.
Via: Droid Life
NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet has begun shipping to customers today after going up for pre order last week. So if you’re one of those customers who pre ordered the device early, the tablet should be on its way.
The Shield Tablet is being considered a successor to the Shield handheld console which launched last year, although both have different form factors. However, the idea remains the same – to provide a powerful gaming oriented device with top of the line hardware.
The Shield Tablet can also be bundled with a gaming controller for $59 which comes with all the standard set of controls. But given the large 8 inch display on offer, users might not see the need for a controller. But if you plan on hooking up the tablet to an external monitor, the controller will certainly come in handy.
The design of the Shield Tablet is based on the recent line of Tegra Note tablets and even comes with a stylus. Its display packs a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and has a 5-megapixel front and rear facing camera. Handling the processing duties is the powerful 2.2 GHz dual core Tegra K1 SoC (ARM Cortex-A15) which also packs a 72 core GPU, making it one of the most powerful mobile chipsets in the market today. The pricing has been set at $299 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 32GB version.
Initial reviews have suggested that the tablet doesn’t fail to impress as far as gaming and performance is concerned, so we don’t think you can go wrong with one of these.
Have you placed an order for the Shield Tablet yet?
The NVIDIA Shield 2 is nearing launch as we all know. And a new report from BBC has confirmed today that the device will indeed be featuring the Tegra K1 chipset which was announced earlier this year. The report simply mentions this device as an upcoming gaming console from NVIDIA, but it doesn’t take much effort to connect the dots from there. Needless to say, the device will be running Android out of the box and will be able to access the vast library of titles from the Play Store.
It is believed that the device will also be able to run PC titles when connected to a computer featuring a supported NVIDIA GPU. Naturally, NVIDIA is also expected to support streaming of games to televisions (possibly using Miracast).
NVIDIA is also rumored to be launching the Shield Tablet, so we have plenty to look forward to. At the moment, the release timeframe of this console is unknown, but we don’t think NVIDIA will make us wait too long. Hit the link below for the entire report on this new device from the popular chip maker.
Source: BBC News
Via: Android Central
The hardware specs of the NVIDIA Shield 2 have just been revealed by a listing on AnTuTu. The next gen handheld gaming console from NVIDIA is expected to break cover later this year, so this leak has come at the right time.
According to the benchmarks database, the Shield 2 will come with a 1440 x 810 resolution display with no clarification on the size yet. This will allow NVIDIA to use a widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio which will benefit gameplay. Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset which was shown off at the CES earlier this year.
The Tegra K1 chipset is capable of recording scores in excess of 40,000, so it’s certainly one of the best in the business right now. However, since this is only a benchmark listing at the moment and not actual confirmation of the Shield 2, we’ll treat it as any other leak. But if the hardware here is anything to go by, the Shield 2 could certainly be a force to reckon with in the handheld gaming console segment.
Via: G For Games
When NVIDIA released the SHIELD portable Android gaming console last July it also came with the ability to stream PC games from a GeForce GTX PC to it. This was however still in its beta stages. In a press event held this morning in Montreal, company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced GameStream. The technology will pair the company’s GPUs with streaming gaming via its Shield handheld game console.
NVIDIA GameStream will launch this coming October 28 and is described as “combining the high performance of GeForce GTX graphics cards with advanced Wi-Fi technologies to deliver super-smooth, low-latency gaming on the go.” What the technology does is it places the power of the GeForce GTX in the palm of your hands.
There are more than 50 games that will be supported by this feature with more coming soon. Upcoming releases such as “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” will be supported. Right now local PC streaming is available but in the future there will be support for NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming services.
The key features of GameStream are
- Super smooth and fast performance at 60 frames per second.
- Enhanced Wi-Fi quality of service in combination with GameStream Ready routers from leading network partners ASUS, Buffalo, D-Link, and NETGEAR.
- Improved onscreen navigation and controls
The company also announced a new capability of the device called the “SHIELD Console Mode”. This basically transforms the device into a full-fledged console. This is done by attaching SHIELD to your HDTV using an HDMI connection then pairing it with a Nyko PlayPad Pro Bluetooth controller. You will then be able to enjoy playing games on a bigger screen.
NVIDIA Shield Specifications
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor
- RAM: 2 GB
- Display: 5 inch 1280×720 (294 ppi) Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display
- Audio: Integrated Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone
- Storage: 16GB
- Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
- Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
- Sensors: 3 Axis Gyro, 3 Axis Accelerometer
- Controls: Dual analog joysticks, D-pad, Left/right analog triggers, Left/right bumpers, A/B/X/Y buttons, Volume control, Android Home and Back buttons, Start button, NVIDIA power/multi-function button
- OS: Android Jelly Bean
After a few delays and price adjustments, the NVIDIA Shield will finally launch tomorrow, July 31st. It will be available at a price point of $299, adjusted from the previous $349 price tag.
If you guys need a refresher, the NVIDIA Shield packs a Tegra 4 processor, a 5-inch 720p touchscreen display, a full gaming controller, as well as stock Android Jelly Bean. NVIDIA has also preloaded a few games with the Shield, which will be available to play right out of the box.
For those of you who have preordered the gaming system, NVIDIA is starting to ship out your orders now. If you didn’t, you can purchase the device at $299 from outlets such as Gamestop, Newegg, and Microcenter, or from the official NVIDIA website.
NVIDIA finally has some good news for its fans with a formal announcement confirming the launch date of the Shield handheld console as July 31. This is quite a delay considering the original shipping date was scheduled for June 26. However, it now seems like all the issues have been fixed. Here’s what NVIDIA’s official statement read –
“We want to thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through the shipment delay of your SHIELD. We have great news to share with you – your SHIELD will ship on July 31st. Our goal has always been to ship the perfect product, so we made sure we submitted SHIELD to the most rigorous mechanical testing and quality assurance standards in the industry. We built SHIELD because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
The NVIDIA Shield console features a 5 inch HD panel, the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset inside, an array of gaming controls which will appeal to the gamer in you. Users with compatible PCs can control games via Steam on the Shield, which is a really neat feature. The console runs a fairly plain version of Android and can be controlled either by the touchscreen or the D-Pad. Priced at $299, the Shield is an attractive purchase considering the features it is bundled with.
If you haven’t placed the pre-order for the NVIDIA Shield yet, now might be the right time to do it.
Via: Android Central