Nvidia Shield Tablet
Tablets are two for a penny nowadays; the space age gadget has had people of all backgrounds tapping away furiously on the now huge number of touchscreen friendly apps and trends that have propelled into popular culture. Portable gaming is a very attractive reason to own a tablet; people are beginning to both embrace gaming on the go and generally find gaming a far more acceptable endeavor compared to years gone by. NVIDIA’s recently revealed SHIELD tablet looks set to cash in on this trend.
Previously, the SHIELD brand has been described as a ‘portable xbox’, a definitively console-like release. As time has gone by, however, NVIDIA has decided to focus upon releasing a gaming tablet, cashing in on tablets’ popularity whilst offering blisteringly fast, beefy hardware with a hitherto unseen level of portability.
Within the SHIELD is NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 mobile processor, a chip touted as the most powerful, advanced mobile processor on the market, as fast as processors inside the PS4 and Xbox One. With this herculean piece of hardware, players will be able to play all their favourite games; be they shooters, strategy titles or even online casino games such as those at GamingClub.com; in glorious 1080p HD and at a ridiculously high frame rate.
Alongside exceptional visuals, the SHIELD will also include a stylus located at the rear of the tablet. Styluses have certainly been out of fashion since the eve of touch screen technology, left at the wayside as manufacturers focus more on finger sensitivity and voice control issues, but alongside NVIDIA’s DirectStylus 2 hardware and the company’s own Dabbler app, even artists and scribblers, oft-forgotten by technology manufacturers, will have a reason to run out and buy a SHIELD. It’s not all about the stylus though, as NVIDIA will also be releasing a wireless controller (that can be clipped beneath the tablet itself) for all those hardcore gamers among us!
When it comes to the operating system, NVIDIA has firmly chosen the Android platform, allowing for the downloading and usage of apps from the Google Play store. Updates will take place completely over-the-air, directly from NVIDIA, meaning no messy downloads, and owners will be able to increase the tablet’s memory by a full 128GB with the in-built microSD memory card slot.
When will the SHIELD be released, I hear you cry? For US customers, the SHIELD came out on July 31, 2013, but for European fans, the system ships on the 14th of August 2014, priced a very respectable $299.