Nvidia’s latest Shield device will offer features like a low price tag, powerful hardware, and more than 400 optimized games, including graphics-heavy console titles like Trine.
Nvidia has officially announced the Shield tablet, following an exhaustive leak that left nothing to the imagination.
The Shield tablet features an 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, and is compatible with the company’s DirectSylus 2 tech, which includes “a new capability where pigment and paint mix and bleed physically, in real-time, and the palette is naturally illuminated in 3D as the user adjusts the light source.” The tablet is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, which includes four 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 and and a GPU with 192 Kepler-based cores, with desktop-grade features like tessellation.
To showcase the horsepower of the Shield tablet, Nvidia will offer exclusive games like Trine 2 and War Thunder, in addition to over 400 games optimized for the device at launch. As previously leaked, Nvidia will also sell a separate Shield controller that is compatible with the tablet and the original Shield. The controller is similar to the Xbox 360 controller, with thumbsticks, D-Pad buttons, triggers and a headset jack like the control pad from the original Shield.
The controller will connect to the tablet through Wi-Fi Direct instead of Bluetooth, which should result in reduced response times. Multiplayer is taken care of as well – users will be able to connect up to four controllers to a single Shield tablet, with each having the option to plug in headphones for online chat. Furthermore, the Shield controller will also be compatible with general Android devices.
Other features of the Shield tablet include 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, 5-megapixel rear and front-facing cameras, a mini-HDMI and a micro-SIM slot, front-firing stereo speakers with dedicated bass reflex ports, LTE connectivity, and a battery that will last for 10 hours of video playback (and probably a lot less with long gaming sessions.)
The software will be powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, with Nvidia’s TegraZone app and other services pre-loaded onto the device. Like the original Shield, users will be able to stream games from their PCs via a local or cloud connection, but the tablet goes a step further with a console mode, which will turn the device into a console that gamers can connect to a TV and control with the Shield controller.
The Nvidia Shield tablet will be available for pre-order today and begin shipping in North America on July 9, Europe on August 9, and in other countries in the fall. The 16 GB Wi-Fi model will cost $299, the 32 GB LTE model will be priced at $399, and the Shield controller will retail for $59. Nvidia is also offering a case that will help gamers prop the tablet up for their gaming sessions, and will be selling it at $39.