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NVIDIA SHIELD 2 Gets Benchmarked, Tegra K1 SoC and 4GB of RAM

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off
NVIDIA SHIELD 2 Gets Benchmarked, Tegra K1 SoC and 4GB of RAM


NVIDIA’s next rendition of its portable gaming console SHIELD, looks to be taking shape quite nicely. Recently taken from AnTuTu, a benchmark has given a little bit of insight as to what we could expect to see from NVIDIA in 2014, as well as their plans for integrating the Tegra K1 processor into the platform. 

As we see in the benchmark, which are never the end-all, be-all final word for specs on devices, the SHIELD 2 (as we will call it), is apparently running the Tegra K1 processor, clocked at 2.5GHz. In addition, the device looks to feature a display with a resolution of 1440 x 810, 4GB of RAM, a 0.3MP front-facing shooter (just as I recommended last year), 16GB of internal storage (more than likely expandable with microSD), and will come running Android 4.4.2.

On a personal note, as someone who enjoys the SHIELD console, I do hope they don’t take much away from the build quality and overall look of the device. I rather enjoy the toughness and ruggedness the SHIELD gives off. However, if they can bring down the weight, and find a price that more consumers can agree on, I think they will do better this time around.

If you are interested in SHIELD 2 news, don’t worry, we will be keeping our eyes peeled for additional info.

Via: Tom’s Hardware | G for Games

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Benchmark suggests the Nvidia Shield 2 will come with Tegra K1 SoC and 4GB RAM

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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We already knew that Nvidia was working on a prequel to its first handheld gaming device, and now a benchmark for a test model of the Shield 2 has appeared on AnTuTu.

As you may have already guessed, Nvidia will also be using the Shield 2 to showcase the power of its new Tegra K1 mobile SoC. If you are unfamiliar with the Tegra K1, it’s Nvidia’s latest mobile SoC which borrows its GPU architecture from Nvidia’s high-end desktop Kepler design. You can read more about it here.

The Nvidia Shield 2 looks set to arrive with the quad-core version of the Tegra K1, so no “super” dual-core Denver CPU from Nvidia yet, which is clocked up a notch further than expected to 2.5 GHz. There’s also 4GB of RAM in the device, although it’s quite usual for test and developer versions of gaming devices to ship with additional memory, so this might change come the consumer release.

Furthermore, the Nvidia Shield 2 comes with a slightly higher resolution display than the original Shield, 1440 x 810 compared with the more standard 1280 x 720 HD display resolution. Other specs include Android 4.4.2 KitKat, a single 0.3 megapixel front facing camera, and 16GB worth of internal storage.

Android gaming is still suffering with growing pains, OUYA never really caught on and Nvidia is having some mixed success with the Shield’s game streaming capabilities. The future is looking a little brighter though, Amazon Fire TV offers up an inexpensive option to play your favourite Android games on your big screen, and the pixel consuming serious gamer can now look forward to the Nvidia Shield 2 too.








NVIDIA Shield receives Android 4.4.2 software update with new features

Posted by wicked April - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The NVIDIA Shield, which is the company’s Android-based gaming console with an analog controller and an attached 5-inch screen, received the April software update today that takes the gaming console from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 4.4.2.

The April update comes with new features such as Remote GameStream and Notebook support beta, an updated TegraZone, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, Multi-PC pairing and many more features which you can find out at the end of this article.

The Remote GameStream is the same as the normal GameStream, however, instead of streaming PC games via your WiFi network, you can instead stream them via the internet to your Shield gaming console. It also supports Wake on Lan which means that you can use your Shield to remotely turn on your PC and enter the password. In addition, your GTX 600M, GTX 700M, and GTX 800M laptops are compatible with the Shield console as well.

April Shield Software Update Changelog:

  • Remote GameStream Beta
  • Notebook Support Beta
  • Console Mode: Now Keyboard & Mouse Compatible
  • Gamepad Mapper Improvements
  • New TegraZone
  • Android 4.4.2 “KitKat”
  • GameStream Quality Controls
  • Multi-PC Pairing
  • 1080p Console Mode Battery Charging

Source: Nvidia

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! We had some great news in the world of Android apps this week. First and foremost, HTC has joined Motorola in putting their proprietary apps in the Play Store for easy updating. Microsoft Office is now free on Android. Spotify is slashing prices, but only for students. A couple of now-gone Android apps were mining Doge coins and Lite coins in the background. Finally, NVIDIA is bringing back Portal except this time on Android! Also don’t forget to check out the five Android apps below that you shouldn’t miss this week.


link bubble android appsLink Bubble

[Price: Free / $4.99]
We reviewed Link Bubble and we’ll have a link to that here at the end of the video. Link Bubble is a floating-window browser that opens links in the background. When the site is loaded, it’ll pop back out or remain in the background until you bring it forward. The decision is yours. There is a free version to kind of try it out and the full version is $4.99. To see more details, check out our full review below.
Get it on Google Play


lastpass android appsLastPass

[Price: Free Trial / $12 per year]
LastPass is a password manager and frankly it’s one of the best ones available for any platform, Android or otherwise. It recently got updated and it now supports Android apps and the Chrome browser. So you can now auto-login to apps and websites using Chrome much like you can do on the computer variant. It’s free for a couple of weeks then requires a subscription for $12 per year. This can be an amazing way to help you manage your passwords.
Get it on Google Play


star wars assault team android appsStar Wars: Assault Team

[Price: Free w/in-app purchases]
We first talked about Star Wars Assault Team when it was just an image and a vague announcement and now the whole game is out. It’s a card based strategy game that takes place in the Star Wars world. It’s free to play with in app purchases so it’s a paradigm everyone’s familiar with. The premise is you get character cards and level them up through fighting. There is even PvP if you’re into that kind of stuff.
Get it on Google Play


scramble with friends android appsScramble With Friends free

[Price: Free w/in-app purchases]
Scramble with Friends is on our list of best multiplayer apps because it’s quick and easy to play. It was recently updated with a whole new interface that better correlates with the Android design standard and Google Play Games services. The game mechanics remain unchanged so there is nothing new to learn but it does look a whole lot nicer and the Play Games achievements is a nice touch.
Get it on Google Play
scramble with friends android apps


captain america tws android appsCaptain America: TWS

[Price: Free Trial / $2.99 w/in-app purchases]
Last up this week is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Released by Gameloft to be sort of the official mobile game for the movie, you get to play as Captain America in an action game and lead teams around in level-based gameplay to kill bad guys. It’s playable only in portrait mode which is kinda lame but it’s not that bad. Also, the game is a demo. You’ll have to pay $2.99 for the full version if you want all the levels.
Get it on Google Play
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Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster Launches for NVIDIA SHIELD, Priced at $14.99

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster Launches for NVIDIA SHIELD, Priced at $14.99



The streak continues, as yet another title has launched onto Google Play as an NVIDIA SHIELD exclusive. The game is called Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster, and while it is stated that the game will come to additional Tegra 4-powered devices in the future, this is still a pretty small percentage of Android gamers.

In Wonder Momo, which is apparently a comic strip that has been around for years and years, you play as Momoko, a well endowed schoolgirl/bikini model/superhero who battles the evil forces of Waru. Alright, you got me, this sounds pretty hot. 

The game plays as a kick ass side scroller, as Momoko jumps and kicks baddies, collecting in-game coins to get more continues and for use in a mini game inside the app. Naturally, as it is built specifically for SHIELD portable gaming consoles, the controls are smooth and the graphics are superb.

Got a SHIELD? Got $15 to spend on a game you can only play on that device? Well, there you go! Rest assured that after you purchase this game, you will not be pestered by IAPs.

Play Link ($14.99)

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Nvidia Shield to receive Android Kitkat and a price cut

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Nvidia Shield may not have completely won over the gaming community, but that hasn’t stopped Nvidia from improving its portable gaming device and services, as well as securing even more exclusive games for its platform. Nvidia has now announced a few more tweaks to its portable gaming console, including a hefty price cut.

Currently priced at around $250-300, the Shield will be receiving a substantial price reduction down to just $199, in the not too distant future. The reason for the price cut isn’t quite clear, perhaps Nvidia hopes that it will help to shift more units or maybe we’re edging closer to the Nvidia Shield 2.

Next up are some changes to the Shield’s software. For starters, Nvidia will be updating the device from Android Jelly Bean to KitKat, starting from next week. As well as the slight UI changes, KitKat’s new Immersive Mode, which allows developers to take advantage of the full screen for apps and games, will allow Nvidia to better tweak the system and its software for gamers.

Nvidia is also preparing a new update for its GameStream service, which enables users to stream games from their remote server or powerful desktop PC directly to their Shield. With the latest update, users will now be able to stream games from their gaming PC at home rather than just an NVIDIA server, along with the ability to wake the computer with LAN access and log into the PC remotely from the Nvidia Shield. GameStream will now also be compatible with gaming laptops, providing that they’re powered by Kepler and Maxwell GPUs, such as the GTX 800M, 700M, and 600M ranges.

Bluetooth keyboards and mice will now also be supported when streaming games with the Shield in “Console Mode”, so when the device is connected to a TV. Nvidia is also going all out to improve steaming quality, bumping the resolution up from 720p to 1080p, at a full 60 fps. Speaking of streaming, Nvidia is also introducing user adjustable controls for FPS and bitrate, among other options, to tailor the streaming experience to your network and computer’s capabilities.

If all of that isn’t enough, Nvidia’s TegraZone, which has made available on the PlayStore recently, will also be included in the Nvidia Shield update, which contains a condensed selection of over 140 games that are optimized for Nvidia powered mobile devices.

That’s quite a big update, but is it enough to convince you that Nvidia and Android are a match made for gaming?


    







Nvidia announces updates and new games for SHIELD, including Valve’s Portal

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Nvidia has announced a few things concerning the SHIELD gaming platform today, including a new software update, allowing for a number of new games. The biggest change to the platform is that it now adapts better to PC gamers.

SHIELD was released to be an ultra portable gaming platform for hard-core gamers, and this new update should help that become more of a reality. With this update, users will now be able to play PC games outside of their home. This feature is still in beta. Users will also now be able to take advantage of the wake-on LAN support. To further accommodate for PC gamers, users will also now be able to connect Bluetooth keyboards and mouses.

Furthermore, SHIELD also now has notebook support, which is also in beta. This feature allows users to stream to SHIELD from notebooks powered by GeForce GTX GPU’s. The update also comes with the latest version of Android, Android 4.4.2.

Not only are there updates to the software of the platform, but a number of new games have also been announced, including Valve’s Portal.

Sources: Nvidia (Software Update) and Nvidia (Valve’s Portal)

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Valve Ports Popular PC Game Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD, Looks to be an Exclusive

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

PC gamers out there have likely encountered Portal at some point, given its popularity and intriguing storyline. The game’s following has been bottle-capped, however, by the fact that it’s not available as a mobile title. Today, NVIDIA has announced that that is going to change, as they have teamed up with Valve to bring the unique game over to Android, seemingly exclusively on their SHIELD mobile console.

The game is currently in “coming soon” status, and there’s no word on whether the sequel Portal 2 will also be making the leap to Android. Either way, this can only be considered a win for NVIDIA, who recently updated SHIELD with more new features.

You three folks with the SHIELD, excited to be wandering through the Aperture Science Labs with GLaDOS on Android?

Via: NVIDIA

NVIDIA SHIELD update will bring Kit Kat, improve GameStream

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The latest update for the NVIDIA SHIELD has been detailed. This update isn’t scheduled to arrive until early April, but it is one that should have SHIELD users looking forward to seeing arrive. NVIDIA has said this update will bring the system to Android 4.4.2. While Kit Kat sounds nice, there is so much more involved here including key updates for Gamepad Mapper, TegraZone, and GameStream.

Gamepad Mapper

Beginning first with the Gamepad Mapper. Here we have what is being dubbed a “new, polished up user interface.” NVIDIA mentioned how this means easier access to download and share Mapper profiles, as well as the ability to access Mapper with a long press of the NVIDIA button or the Start button.

TegraZone

In terms of the TegraZone portion of the update — this means a new UI which should help in regards to game organization and discovery. TegraZone will also get a new integrated news feed with the latest SHIELD and TegraZone articles. NVIDIA also mentioned how there are now 140 games available in the TegraZone.

GameStream

With Gamepad Mapper and TegraZone out of the way, we can now get into what seems to be the key piece of this update — the GameStream portion. This includes Remote GameStream, notebook support, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support and more.

Remote GameStream and the notebook support are both noted as being in beta. As for the Remote GameStream, this means SHIELD users will be able to stream PC games to SHIELD from outside the home. This will include wake on LAN support and remote login support. The notebook support will allow users to stream PC games to SHIELD — provided they are using a compatible GeForce GTX-based notebook computer.

The Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support touches on the Console Mode on SHIELD. Basically, those streaming a keyboard and mouse PC game from the computer to the big screen (through Console Mode on the SHIELD) will now have proper peripheral support. And lastly, those additional GameStream enhancements break down as follows;

  • Manually add unofficially supported games to your GameStream list from GeForce Experience.

  • Pin-based PC to SHIELD pairing with ability to pair multiple PCs to your SHIELD
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  • USB Y-cable support – charge your SHIELD when using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y Cable
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  • Advanced Settings – manually set bitrate, FPS, and optimal settings preferences. In TegraZone, go to Settings -> GameStream PCs -> Menu -> Advanced.

Big news out of the NVIDIA camp today, as the company announced a major update for the SHIELD portable gaming console. To freshen your memory, when SHIELD was first launched, NVIDIA was quite open about keeping the device updated with the newest versions of Android.

Well, not only does this new update for SHIELD bring Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat, but NVIDIA isn’t stopping there. 

On top of the newly updated mobile OS, NVIDIA is pouring on GameStream enhancements – including Remote GameStream (streaming PC games from outside of your home), remote login support, and Bluetooth keyboard/mouse support – as well as a completely overhauled UI for TegraZone, which includes new features such as an integrated news feed for all of the latest and greatest concerning Tegra gaming.

Users will also be able to take advantage of enhancements made to the Gamepad Mapper, with a polished up interface and easier access to download Mapper profiles.

To top off this great news for current SHIELD owners, portable gaming console hopefuls will have a chance to buy the SHIELD for a lowered price of just $199 starting today, running through the end of April.

Ready for a full look at what’s new with SHIELD? Take a look down below.

What’s New

GameStream Enhancements

  • Remote GameStream (BETA) – stream your PC games to SHIELD from outside your home
  • Wake on LAN support: remotely wake up your PC from sleep mode
  • Remote Login support: login to a locked PC remotely from SHIELD
  • Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse support – play your favorite keyboard and mouse PC games on the big screen in Console Mode
  • Notebook support (BETA) – stream your PC games to SHIELD, using a compatible GeForce GTX-based notebook PC

Additional features

  • Manually add unofficially supported games to your GameStream list from GeForce Experience.
  • Pin-based PC to SHIELD pairing with ability to pair multiple PCs to your SHIELD
  • USB Y-cable support – charge your SHIELD when using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y Cable
  • Advanced Settings – manually set bitrate, FPS, and optimal settings preferences

New TegraZone

  • New user interface to better organize and discover games
  • Over 140 games now in TegraZone
  • Integrated news feed for the latest SHIELD and TegraZone articles

Gamepad Mapper Enhancements

  • New, polished up user interface with easier access to download and share Mapper profiles
  • Ability to access Mapper by long holding either NVIDIA button (Power Menu) or Start

Android 4.4.2

  • Upgrade to the latest KitKat OS