Top Storitorial – Looking At The Nvidia Shield

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Well it looks like we officially have another entry in the Android “console” race. This one comes from Nvidia (of GeForce graphics cards fame) and it’s called the Nvidia Shield. We highlighted some of the important details from The Verge preview here on the site, so check out that article if you’re interested about specifics.

So far, it sounds pretty cool, though I’m personally skeptical of the PC game streaming ability. Having used PC streaming services like Splashtop before on my smartphone and tablet, it was very laggy and hard to control and virtually unplayable. Granted the Shield is being built as a dedicated gaming device first and as an Android “mini-tablet” second, but still. Even in The Verge’s article they mention that Nvidia is considering the streaming function to be only beta quality. That tells me that it doesn’t work very well.

As for the rest? Well Google has made significant strides with their Android OS and its slate of apps & games in recent years. Apple had a huge head start with both of those, but Android is on pace to hit 1 million apps/games before iOS does. So there’s definitely a large selection of games to play for a device like the Nvidia Shield. But are they any good? Well I guess that depends on what you think of mobile gaming in general. I think on smartphones it’s too difficult for me as most games use touch-based controls and that means your fingers/hand are covering part of or sometimes most of the viewing area. This makes it difficult to see what’s going on. This is why controllers are awesome. I have a Xbox 360 PC adapter and can pair it with my Android tablet and it works pretty well. I think the Shield could be successful for people who don’t already have a tablet and a wireless controller to pair with it. But even for those of us who do, the Shield can still be of value. Why? Because the controller is the device. On top of that, it appears like it will be a little bit smaller than a 7″ tablet, but that’s just speculation on my part.

My main problem with the device other than the streaming feature is the price. $350 is a bit steep for what is essentially a handheld video game system. I mean if you thought the 3DS was overpriced at $249 (like me), then this is just ridiculous. Mobile device prices are way too expensive in general in my opinion (if you buy them without a contract), but that’s a rant for another day. $200-250 would’ve been a much more reasonable price point for the Nvidia Shield. Now if it had cellular capabilities? Maybe that might be worth more money, but I don’t think it’d be worth $100 more. Especially since you’d likely have to have a contract to use the signal. Granted there’s tons of games available for Android and more added every day, but I still don’t think this worth more than $200-250. Might be cool to pick up later on down the road once the price comes down though or perhaps a used one through eBay or Amazon or the like.

What do you guys think of the Nvidia Shield? Do you want to get one? Why or why not?

Source: GameSaga Original, The Verge, & Digital Trends

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