Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th May 2013 21:52 UTC
Games "The major functionality - gaming - is all there. Shield runs 'stock' Android, but NVIDIA's TegraZone curated app space is downright beautiful. Some thought was put into that UI. From there, you can play your Shield-optimized games, purchase new ones, and (if you have the proper NVIDIA graphics card on your PC), use Shield to control games being played on a PC gaming rig. The latter feature will launch in beta. We've used it twice now, and it's surprisingly lag-free, though it does have the occasional connection hiccup." I don't really know what to think of this thing. It looks insane and I don't see it competing with smartphones and other handheld gaming devices, but it does have some cool technology and I must admit that as a gamer, I'd love to have one. I have no idea where this will go.
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RE: Niche product
by WorknMan on Tue 14th May 2013 23:00 UTC in reply to "Niche product"
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If you wanna play on-the-go you're still limited to emulating old consoles or to the shallow Android-games.

This thing is gonna be able to play almost every console, arcade, and computer game from the early 80's to at least the mid-90's, and you consider this a bad thing? Hell, that's the main reason for getting this thing, IMO ;) We're talking hundreds or even thousands of great games that you've probably never played before. The Tegra 3 on the Nexus 7 came just shy of being able to play all of my favorite Midway arcade games from the 90's at full speed, such as NARC and Mortal Kombat. I don't think the Tegra 4 will have these issues. IMO, if you're looking for the ultimate portable emulation device, this is pretty much it. It even has HDMI out, so you can hook it up to a TV when you're at home. About the only thing its missing is a method to flip the screen into portrait mode. Because, afterall... who wants to play Frogger in landscape? ;)

As for the price, if you pay anything less than $300 for a handheld with these specs, you're probably looking at one of those cheap-ass, low-quality Chinese devices. Even a Nexus 4, which is pretty much sold at cost, went for $350, and that had no physical controls, no SD card slot, and half the RAM of the Shield.

So why not use your phone for this? Well, I guess you can... depending on how much you value battery life. As for modern PC-based games and Android IAP titles, meh... I couldn't care less. This will probably be the last gaming device I'll need for the rest of my life, or at least until it dies. But I'll get the extended warranty in case something bad happens ;)

Edited 2013-05-14 23:03 UTC

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