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The Talos Principle arrives for Tegra-powered Android devices

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

There’s nothing secret anymore about “The Talos Principle” – everybody who follows gaming news will know what this introspective-slash-philosophical puzzle game is all about. The game has been out for the PC platform for a year now, so we know exactly what to expect. Still, it doesn’t take away the excitement that this great game is now out for Android.

An early but needed caveat – the game features wide open spaces with highly detailed graphical elements, so the game is rightly reserved now for devices which have the powerful NVIDIA Tegra chipsets, and even then, those processors and GPUs will still be pushed to their limits. At this point, the game is designed only for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, the Tegra K1-equipped Nexus 9 tablet, and the recently unveiled NVIDIA SHIELD TV console.

The game starts out putting you in control of an android who is being directed by a voice that claims to be God. The game presents you with various logic and spatial puzzles where the story unfolds and you learn more about yourself, your environment, and your maker. The PC version of the game has been widely compared to Valve’s iconic Portal series. If you appreciate puzzles and philosophical discussions, you will enjoy this one.

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Pity that you can only play this on a powerful NVIDIA Tegra-powered device. If you are an owner of said devices, you will do well to pick this game up. Again, another caveat – the game is heck expensive. The app and the first episode will cost you USD$5.00, and then USD$5.00 for each episode after. This will take you to a total of USD$30.00 for the whole game, which makes The Talos Principle easily one of the most expensive games in the Google Play Store. But the quality of the game seems to warrant it, we think.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

HBO Go, Vimeo, Twitch and many more apps will soon make their way to Android TV

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Android TV has seen some big advancements since its launch at Google I/O 2014. While a number of major hardware manufacturers have partnered with Google to bring the platform to more devices, the number of Android TV-specific applications is still relatively scarce compared to the competition. But that might change soon, according to a recent announcement post from Nvidia.

Included in its Shield Android TV announcement post, Nvidia made reference to a few new applications that will soon make their way to the platform, including HBO Go, Twitch, Vimeo, CBS News, USA Today and many more. Many of these apps have had cast functionality for some time, but so far they have been unavailable for download on the Android TV platform.

Here’s the full list of new apps we can expect to see on Android TV soon:

  • HBO Now
  • HBO Go
  • CBS News
  • CBS Sports
  • Fox Sports
  • FX Now
  • Fox Now
  • Fox News
  • EPIX
  • WWE
  • UFC
  • USA Today
  • Vimeo
  • Qello
  • Vudu
  • Twitch

To be clear, no dates were given as to when we can expect these apps to land on Android TV. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more. This news comes after Google’s recent announcement that HBO Now would soon make its way to the Google Play Store, a service that has been exclusive to Apple up until this point.

HBO Go, Twitch, FX Now and More Apps Coming Soon to Android TV

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Your Android TV will soon have a few more apps to play with, including HBO Go, HBO Now, CBS News, Twitch, and FX Now. As detailed by NVIDIA, Android TV is a growing platform with an already healthy assortment of apps, but soon, more standalone applications will come, making an Android TV set-top box or Smart TV with Android TV built-in an even better purchase. 

Many of the aforementioned apps already allow for Cast functionality for streaming, but Android TV lacks many standalone blockbuster apps. One large name is HBO, and at this time, you still have to cast from HBO Go to bring any Game of Thrones action to your big screen. However, this summer, HBO intends to launch its HBO Now subscription service for Android users, and hopefully before that, HBO Go will be made available as well for those who already pay their cable provider for access.

There are no dates set for the release of these apps onto Android TV, but as more information is made available, we will update you. To see what apps are already available for Android TV, check them out on Google Play.

Apps Coming to Android TV

  • HBO Now
  • HBO Go
  • CBS News
  • CBS Sports
  • Fox Sports
  • FX Now
  • Fox Now
  • Fox News
  • EPIX
  • WWE
  • UFC
  • USA Today
  • Vimeo
  • Qello
  • Vudu
  • Twitch
Via: NVIDIA

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NVIDIA releases AndroidWorks for Android game development

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

NVIDIA has been one of the big forces behind Android these past few years, providing the powerful processing technology for high-performance Android devices such as Google’s Project Tango, coming up with their own robust Android gaming tablet in the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, and recently venturing into the world of Android TV with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV console. That trend continues with NVIDIA now streamlining its game development for Android with a new tool suite called AndroidWorks.

Basically, AndroidWorks is an extension of NVIDIA’s GameWorks suite – a set of NVIDIA technologies and tools like PhysX, VisualFX, OptiX, and the NVIDIA Core SDK which allows developers to code for NVIDIA GPUs. With AndroidWorks, NVIDIA seems to be simplifying the process developing games on Android.

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The suite includes libraries for developers to use, along with sample code. GameWorks also includes tools for profiling performance and debugging. And best of all, while AndroidWorks is based on NVIDIA’s existing Tegra Android Developer Pack, it will not be limited to being used on NVIDIA devices.

NVIDIA says it has tested AndroidWorks on other non-NVIDIA devices, like the ASUS Memopad and Google Nexus Player, as well as other ARM devices like the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab S. So it looks like we’re going to be seeing more of NVIDIA in the Android world the next few years. Not necessarily a bad thing at all.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

Google working with Qualcomm for Project Tango

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

So here’s the news coming out of Google I/O – there are two Project Tango devices now. Both devices are still “developer units”, but it’s good to know that this is not a stagnant project for the mothership. The first device is the Project Tango tablet, which we have talked about at length. The second device is a Project Tango smartphone, which contains and uses Qualcomm processors to run the show.

If you haven’t heard of Project Tango, it’s basically a Google project involving a high-powered mobile device – initially a smartphone, then for most of the time they concentrated on the tablet – that had a powerful multi-camera system to be able to capture and render physical environments and objects in 3D – in real-time. Your device has to have some pretty kickass specs to do that, and the Project Tango tablet we know was working with the most powerful processor around at that point – an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

Now we hear of a planned Project Tango smartphone, which is now most likely to use Qualcomm processor technology, quite definitely the Snapdragon 810 – which has some pretty iffy history. We’ll see if Qualcomm’s famed Snapdragon series will be able to hack the high performance needs of a Project Tango device.

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Project Tango will be requiring features like real-world 3D gaming, indoor navigation, and virtual and augmented reality experiences. Let’s hope Qualcomm is up to the challenge, without fears of overheating. Google has set the date of availability, the development platform will be available for purchase in Q3 of 2015.

SOURCE: Qualcomm, SlashGear

NVIDIA game development tools expand to all Android devices

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Capitalizing on the attention Android is getting this week thanks to Google I/O 2015, NVIDIA has been busy with some announcements about new hardware and now, software as well. Yesterday NVIDIA officially started selling their Android-TV based NVIDIA SHIELD console. Today, they announced a new suite of developer tools called NVIDIA AndroidWorks that will be available to all Android platforms, not just those powered by Tegra processors. 

NVIDIA noted great gaming needs more than great hardware, it needs developers who can produce great game titles. To help make that happen, NVIDIA has packed in support, samples, libraries and tools to give developers a cutting edge environment for games and graphics development.

NVIDIA indicates the new AndroidWorks development tools are based on their Tegra Android Developer Pack. They promise to issue frequent updates so developers can be assured their work will run on the latest hardware and operating system versions. By using AndroidWorks, developers should be able to speed up their development process and focus more on game content as opposed to mechanics. NVIDIA also said the new package will help game developers “unshackle” themselves from the constraints of the Android software development kit.

source: NVIDIA

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NVIDIA posts system requirements for GRID

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier today, NVIDIA took to its website and published the system requirements for its GRID game streaming service. The platform calls for a broadband connection with a speed of 5-10 Mbps for 720p streaming and 30-50 Mbps for 1080p.

For those who haven’t heard of GRID, it’s essentially Netflix for games. The service allows you to stream the latest and greatest PC titles to your NVIDIA Shield console or tablet in Full HD via Wi-Fi.

To find out more, hit the source link below.

Source: NVIDIA

 

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NVIDIA SHIELD, SHIELD Pro now available in the US and Canada

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Finally, the much awaited NVIDIA SHIELD is now available. This new Android TV-powered device hopes to redefine living room entertainment experience in a more powerful way. No doubt that couch potatoing TV watching has changed over the past decades. We’re in the new century and now we have more choices as to what shows to watch whenever we want it.

NVIDIA SHIELD allows you to play TV according to your own preferences. Play what you want and when you want it. Feel free to watch the movies and TV shows, listen to music, explore apps, and play games via the SHIELD. This entertainment device is a smart TV platform that also comes equipped with a 64-bit Tegra X1 processor and 256-core NVIDIA GPU that promise a more powerful performance–about 30 times more than its rivals. NVIDIA SHIELD displays content in 4K in super fast streaming speed and offers a new possibility of Android gaming.

NVIDIA SHIELD also provides access to an ever-growing catalog of 4K shows and movies from the likes of YouTube, Netflix HD, Ultraflix, and Pluto TV. You can also view your own 4K videos from your GoPro and other camcorders. Feel free to use your Sling TV too. And in the future, you’ll be given access to more viewing and video apps like Vimeo, CBS, Fox, and HBO Now.

NVIDIA SHIELD also brings a different gaming experience. There are more than 200 games on Android TV available for your enjoyment. NVIDIA SHIELD will get 20 more titles in the next few months together with the 1080p worldwide GRID game-streaming service.

NVIDIA SHIELD is now available in Canada and the United States. Two models are available: the basic SHIELD which is $199.99 and the SHIELD Pro which is more expensive at $299.99. The SHIELD Pro includes a 500 GB HD and is bundled with popular game “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!”. A separate remote control with voice search is available for $49.99 while additional controllers are $59.99 each. You can also get a stand for only $29.99.

Since this is a new product, NVIDIA is offering $60 worth of Google Play credit and services when you buy an NVIDIA SHIELD or NVIDIA SHIELD Pro for a limited time only.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Launches SHIELD Android TV at Google I/O

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

SHIELD Android TV by NVIDIA

Since Android TV was announced at Google I/O 2014, there has been very little activity in the way of hardware releases for the platform. Consumers had a very small selection to choose from in the form of the Nexus Player and Razer Forge TV, or they could buy a new Sony or Phillips television with Android TV on-board. These options, however, seemed a bit tepid at best; the Nexus Player was extremely limited in nature, offering very little storage, weak internals, and low memory. The Forge was a better, more recent release by gaming company Razer, which offered specs closer to that of a modern, higher-end smartphone, and double the storage of the Nexus Player. Today at I/O 2015, a third contender entered the picture, as NVIDIA has announced that the much-anticipated SHIELD console is now available to consumers.

The SHIELD console was originally announced at the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference in March as NVIDIA’s first living room entertainment device, and it immediately turned heads due to the use of the new Tegra X1 T210 SOC. This is NVIDIA’s newest chip, featuring 64-bit ARMv8 CPU architecture in an 8-core big.LITTLE implementation (4x Cortex-A57 cores, 4x Cortex-A53 cores), and a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU from NVIDIA. It is built on a 20 nm process by TSMC, and offers 4K 60fps video capability.

Source: NVIDIA

Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s newest member of the SHIELD family also features 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound and high-resolution audio playback and up-sampling at 24-bit/192 kHz, and also includes 3 GB of RAM, either 16 GB of flash storage or a 500GB hard disk drive (model depending), 2x USB 3.0 ports, microSD storage expansion, HDMI 2.0 for 4K output at 60Hz, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.1. It comes with the SHIELD controller and an HDMI cable included in the box.

SHIELD Spec Sheet

Source: NVIDIA

In terms of software features, SHIELD will include 4K content from Netflix, YouTube, Pluto TV, and UltraFlix, and you can also view your own personal 4K collection from a GoPro or camcorder. Sling TV and HBO Now are also advertised, in addition to everything else that is currently available on the Android TV platform itself. Gaming is, of course, a big priority for NVIDIA, and the SHIELD is well-represented in this area. In addition to the over 200 games already available on Android TV, 20 SHIELD-specific titles will be released on the platform within a few months of launch. NVIDIA’s GRID game-streaming service, which is capable of streaming popular titles in 1080p/60fps, is also newly available on the SHIELD. NVIDIA has set up a content portal for all things SHIELD related here

The NVIDIA SHIELD console launches to consumers starting today, May 28th, 2015, in two flavors: SHIELD ($199) and SHIELD Pro ($299). The Pro version comes with a 500GB hard drive and a copy of ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’, which is planned for release on July 1, 2015. Accessories sold separately include a remote control with voice search capabilities and a vertical stand, available for $49.99 and $29.99 respectively. For a limited time, both versions will also include a $30 Google Play gift card, and 90-day access to Google Play Music All Access. You can order SHIELD directly from NVIDIA, Amazon, or Best Buy.

So, what do you think about the SHIELD console? Do you plan on ordering one soon? Or do you feel NVIDIA could have done a better job for the price? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nvidia Shield Android TV now available from Nvidia and Amazon, Pro model coming soon

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Android TV platform has been out for about a year now, though the selection of Android TV boxes has been quite scarce so far. That’s starting to change today, as Nvidia has finally made its Android TV-powered set-top box available for purchase from a few different retailers around the web.

The Nvidia Shield Android TV can now be purchased from Nvidia and Amazon in the United States, with the standard 16GB model going for $199.99. There’s also a 500GB Pro model that will be available for $299.99, though this variant won’t be available until June. Both models come with a $30 Google Play gift card and a 90-day free trial to Google Play Music, and the Pro model will come with the Android version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel when it launches in July.

You can also purchase some additional items along with the set-top box, including a remote for $49.99 and an extra controller for $59.99. You can also purchase a nifty little stand for the box for $29.99, but these are currently on backorder through Amazon for about 1-3 weeks.

Best Buy will also have all of these items available, but the Shield Android TV box is currently listed as “coming soon”. If you’re interested, follow the links below to purchase your own, and be sure to check out the new promotional video Nvidia just launched.

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