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News Nvidia Shield launching in June for $349

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Meanmotion, 14 May 2013.

  1. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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  2. LordPyrinc

    LordPyrinc Legomaniac

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    Very interesting. I actually like the idea of designing the handheld console around a familiar controller style as opposed to cramming the buttons around a screen. It's a bit pricey, but if I spent a lot of time commuting via mass transit, I would definitely consider something like this rather than some of the more familiar style handhelds.
     
  3. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Time for a meme:

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  4. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    It's too much for a hand-held. This will be the new atari lynx.
     
  5. yougotkicked

    yougotkicked A.K.A. YGKtech

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    I think it's an interesting idea, but I really doubt it will be very successful. I don't think the android games market is desirable enough to drive a lot of platform sales, and the ability to stream games from your PC doesn't sound valuable enough to make up for it. It may enjoy some success with commuters and such who don't find much appeal in the normal handheld games, but at this price point I can buy a 3ds, a full-length game and a collection of retro games, which certainly seems like a better package to me.

    Though I'd be glad to be wrong; if this takes off we may start seeing some legitimate development in the android games market.
     
  6. Woodspoon

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    Yeah, Interesting idea but, you want Android games then buy a tablet which would be cheaper than this thing, streaming games from your PC seems a bit of a waste of time to be honest, and the form factor just seems all wrong for something that meant to be portable, just doesn't look like it can comfortably fit in a pocket or something other than a bag, most handhelds are slim and flat for a very good reason and it's far too pricey.
     
  7. Guest-16

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    How about: a controller dock for your phone?

    Convergence!
     
  8. fluxtatic

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    Didn't someone do that already a couple years ago? Am I thinking of that Sony...whatever that was called?
     
  9. edzieba

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    There are plenty of ways to meld a controller with a phone (the GameKlip coming out way in front if you already own a DualShock 3).

    But if you;re buying this as an android gaming device, you're missing the point: it's the low-latency local steaming that's the big deal. No need to add a Miracast/WiDi/etc transmit and receive dongle pair (though apparently the Shield can send Miracast, which is cool) to link a computer outside the living room with your TV without a long HDMI run, and you can walk around with it too. Hell, if you're willing to take the latency hit you can tunnel in to your come network and play it anywhere you have a decent network connection. Think of it as a steambox you can pick up and take with you.

    If it can stream arbitrary USB HID data (we already know you can use an external USB game controller) back to the PC too, with equally low latency as the video, this makes the perfect streaming device for wire-free Oculus Rift use.

    Don't think of it as an expensive android handheld with streaming support tacked on. Think of it as an average priced (compared to options that don't suck ass) wireless streaming terminal that can also handle USB streaming, and happens to have a decent display & gamepad and an android handheld tacked on.
     
  10. Shirty

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    This will be a rich man's PSP. I can see it doing better then expected though, mobile gaming has really taken off in the last couple of years and this sort of thing (if it gets good reviews) will be on a lot of rich kids' shopping lists.

    Remember the PSP cost $249 in 2005, which is about $315 in today's terms.
     
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    Priced itself out of the market. Specs, build quality, experience will be largely irrelevant at that price.
     
  12. scott_chegg

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    While I'm not a rich man I'm fairly tempted by this. Wouldn't use it to stream FPS games from my PC but imagine being able to play 3rd person controller compatible games streamed from your PC while your tucked up in bed! I'm thinking things like Tomb Raider, Max Payne 3 and the Batman Arkham games. I also have an Android phone and tablet and already own loads of games that support controllers.

    This could be going on my letter to Santa this year!
     
  13. David

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    Yes, but I seriously doubt people have as much disposable income as they had in 2005.

    I doubt it will sell in large volumes.
     
  14. Shirty

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    You're right of course, I certainly don't have any disposable income in 2013 :p

    However, I don't think Nvidia will be expecting world-beating sales, I think this is really a production tech-demo aimed at showcasing what can be done now that they are fully investing in mobile hardware.

    They will be expecting to forge all kinds of partnerships with mobile manufacturers and showing Sony how crippled their current offerings really are compared to what is currently achievable.

    I'd love one, but the reality is that I'd hardly ever use it.
     
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    Problem I see is that it seems useless outside of the house. I believe it works only on a local wifi basis. Nice to have around the house, but $350/£200 to play your PC games in another room? Not going to be worth it for about 99% of us.

    I love the concept, but it needs to have more access points.
     
  16. Griffter

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    my wifi cant go through my walls at home to even use the ipad nicely... guess i got thick walls... wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

    when i go sleep i go sleep as well.
     
  17. Tynecider

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    So, I could buy one (or two) of these, And alongside a 6 series GPU I could stream some 2 player action in the home or with my neighbor (if he gets one) across boosted wifi, correct?
     
  18. Fizzban

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    I don't really see much point in this. If you play Android games you have an Android phone/tablet already, and you can get bluetooth controllers for them if you want to play more seriously.

    Yes the streaming games from your pc sounds nice, but I'd rather be sat in front of a large screen playing it, than sat playing it on a tiny screen.

    I know there is a bit more to it than all that, but for the asking price it doesn't seem worth it.
     
  19. tyepye

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    This did interest me initially but I think the price is going to be too high for me.

    I recently download the Kainy app (£2) for my phone which allows the streaming of games over a network and it works great for me (been playing borderlands and portal 2) Hook up my Xbox 360 controller and away I go :)

    Going to do the same on my tablet.
     
  20. rollo

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    A handheld gaming console in this day and age is a difficult seller at the price point they want which id imagine is little more than the hardware costs to make.

    Streaming to a 5 inch screen no thanks why bother unless you can stream at a friends house then it might work but i dou't it.

    Borderlands 2 can be put on a 60inch tv via hdmi cable from my pc why would I want to stream it to a 5 inch screen.

    Onlive showed the flaws of streaming, and andriod platform still struggles with tablet specific games so not sure how or why nvidia thinks game developers will make games just for project shield then charge only $2-$5 to do it.

    Nvidia needs good sales to encourage some native games for the system without them its little more than an andriod tablet with a controller. Problem is you can get a bigger tablet which will play the exact same games for alot less cash.( nexus 7 is $199 ish and there will be a new version announced soon for the same cash)
     
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