NVIDIA Debuts SHIELD Tablet and Wireless Controller - HotHardware

NVIDIA Debuts SHIELD Tablet and Wireless Controller

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The SHIELD wireless controller has a similar layout and feel to the SHIELD portable, but it is a separate, standalone device that will eventually support PCs as well. Although the SHIELD portable gaming device connects to wireless controllers via Bluetooth when in console mode, NVIDIA leverages WiFi direct with the new SHIELD wireless controller. Using WiFi direct results in lower-latency, which is of paramount importance with a gaming controller, and also allows for much greater bandwidth. And NVIDIA leverages the additional bandwidth to stream audio to and from the controller—there’s a 3.5” jack right on the SHIELD wireless controller that’ll accept any standard headset.


NVIDIA SHIELD wireless controller

There are a couple of analog joysticks on the controller, along with D-pad, standard X/Y/A/B buttons, left and right triggers and shoulder buttons, navigation controls, and a volume rocker. On the back of the controller (in addition to the 3.5” audio jack) there is a micro-USB charging port as well. We’re told the SHIELD controller can last about 40 hours on a single charge when not streaming audio, and about 20 hours with two-way audio streaming.


There's a built-in mic, volume rocker, and touch-pad

The buttons aren’t the only input devices on the SHIELD controller, however. There is also a built in microphone for voice control and search and a capacitive touch pad. We saw the voice controls in action and they were surprisingly quick and accurate. We didn’t, however, get a chance to try the touch-pad (NVIDIA was still tuning it).

The full list of features and specifications for the SHIELD wireless controller is available in the table above. There’s not much more to see that we haven’t already covered, but for those that want the full monty, there it is…


The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet and wireless controller will ship soon

NVIDIA will begin taking pre-orders for the SHIELD tablet and wireless controller immediately. The expected ship date in the US and Canada is July 29 and August 14 for Europe. The 16GB WiFi-only SHIELD tablet will be sold for $299. The 32GB model, which also includes LTE support, will sell for $399. The SHIELD smart cover / stand is $39 and the SHIELD controller is priced right in-line with other wireless console controllers at $59.

We’re hoping to have a SHIELD tablet and wireless controller in-hand for some independent testing in the next few days, but from what we’ve seen so far, we’re excited. The build quality of the SHIELD tablet and wireless controller seemed top-notch and the performance of the Tegra K1 at the heart of the device was impressive in the various demos NVIDIA had set up. When the SHIELD portable first hit, it outperformed most of the Android-tablets we had tested up to that point. We expect a similar showing from the new SHIELD tablet, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1.
 

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How's the screen for sunny day playing? Is it something kids could play on a long sunny car ride?

Thanks for the review, I also hope you get your hands on one longer to really test it out :)

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It'd be interesting to hear more about how accurate and how useful towards getting things done (i.e. drawing) is the stylus for the Shield Tablet more than its improvements over the first one.

This merely being the preview; will that be written about more in the review extensively despite the obvious core focus of this tablet for gaming?

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The idea of incorporating controllers into mobile/tablet gaming is intriguing. I could see it taking off for sure if the games become advanced enough for it to be worth it.

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I have been debating to get a tablet for some time (I have an Acer Iconia A100 and it's so slow and old now). This may actually push me to get a new tablet. Thing is, if one already has the Nvidia Shield, this isn't necessary. So I probably won't get it.

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Nvidia is definitely making tons of innovations in the gaming industry. There are laptops that are less than an inch thick and can play games better than consoles. As technology becomes more powerful it also becomes smaller. Imagine playing Triple A games on your phone.

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Makes me wish I hadn't got that Nexus 7 now. Don't get me wrong I love my nexus but its not in the same league with this...

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Wowza, this thing has better stats than my first computer. :D

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