NVIDIA announces SHIELD tablet and SHIELD wireless controller, pre-orders begin today


NVIDIA has just announced the successor to last year's SHIELD Portable, which it is calling the . The device is built with gamers in mind, and is made up of two components - an 8 inch tablet and a dedicated controller. NVIDIA is also releasing some matching accessories to let you get the most our of your new device.

In terms of design, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has a thickness of 0.36 inches (9.2 mm) and a weight of 13.7 oz (390 grams). Its 8 inch display has a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels for a satisfying, Full HD gaming experience. On its front we find stereo speakers promising loud, rich sound. It also comes with an NVIDIA DirectStylus 2 stylus for drawing and taking notes which has its own chassis on the device.

The device is powered by a high-performing NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip with a 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM and a a 192-core Kepler GPU. NVidia claims that this combination can handle some of the heaviest games with support for Unreal Engine 4, OpenGL 4.4, and DirectX 12. Other specs include a 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, a secondary 5MP camera in front for video calls and 16GB of internal storage. If you want connectivity on the move, you can opt for the 32GB model which has LTE connectivity compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the U.S.. If the onboard storage is not enough, you always have the microSD card expansion to add some storage of your own.

On the software side of things, NVIDIA has added the option to stream games from a PC powered by a GeForce GTX graphics card to the to the SHIELD tablet. Plus, gamers in Northern California are given exclusive access to the NVIDIA GRID cloud gaming beta, which features a library of high-quality PC games that can be streamed to the tablet while data is processed and saved in the cloud. With NVIDIA ShadowPlay, gamers can record their most epic gaming moments and broadcast them over the Twitch video platform. To make the most of their NVIDIA DirectStylus 2 stylus, users may take advantage of the NVIDIA Dabbler painting application with its realistic watercolor and paint effects. To make the deal even sweeter, NVIDIA is pre-loading Trine 2: Complete Story – a premium game title featuring physics-based puzzles, beautiful sights and online cooperative multiplayer.

NVIDIA SHIELD game controller
As for the SHIELD game controller, it has a directional pad, two analog sticks, four action buttons and four shoulder buttons. Connection to the SHIELD tablet is handled over Wi-Fi Direct, which allows the accessory to achieve super-low latency times for instant response while playing. In addition, the controller features a built-in microphone and a headset jack.

Gamers that wish to protect their SHIELD tablet may take a look at the cover that NVIDIA is offering. It doubles as a stand with 3 angle positions for a more comfortable gaming experience.

You may pre-order the Wi-Fi-only SHIELD tablet today for a price of $299. The 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE model is expected to come at a later time, priced at $399. The SHIELD wireless controller and the detachable cover are being sold separately for $59 and $39 respectively.

source - NVIDIA

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