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NVIDIA Shield Wireless Controller – worth the $60 price tag?

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The follow up to last year’s NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming console may have taken a more traditional tablet form factor this time around, but to take full advantage of the gaming prowess of the Shield Tablet, you still need a pretty good controller. Luckily, NVIDIA has made one, specifically for this tablet.

Is it worth its steep $60 price tag? We find out, as we take a closer look at the NVIDIA Shield Wireless Controller!

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Unboxing the Shield Wireless Controller is pretty much a standard affair, as all you get is the controller, the documentation, and a microUSB cable to charge the controller. The Shield Controller is supposed to provide the best gaming experience on the Shield Tablet, and once you get it in your hand, it does feel like NVIDIA has created something special here.

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There’s no denying that the Shield Controller is a large device, but packs a lot more into what otherwise looks like a regular controller. You get a standard button layout that you’d find with any such controller, but the top portion, around the NVIDIA logo, comes with capacitive home, recent apps, and back buttons. The NVIDIA logo at the centre can also be pressed to open NVIDIA hub, allowing you to access all of your games right from the controller itself.

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Down at the bottom of the face of the controller is something quite special as well. The silver area at the bottom is actually a touch-sensitive area that feels like a lot like a mouse trackpad. A cursor shows up on the screen, and you’re able to use the trackpad to navigate around, and click on things, within the Shield Tablet interface. There is also a volume controller at the bottom, with the Shield logo in the middle.

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At the top of the controller is where you will find the microUSB charging port and a headphone jack. Connecting a standard pair of headphones, you will be able to listen to all of your games or other media from the tablet through the controller itself. Not having to tether yourself to the tablet is great, especially if the tablet itself is tethered to your TV, and this provides a good wireless audio solution.

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It has to be mentioned that the Shield Controller is not a Bluetooth controller, and connects to the Shield Tablet using Wi-Fi Direct. While these allows for a fantastic performance as far as the experience on the Shield Tablet goes, what this means is that unfortunately, this controller will work only with the Shield Tablet. This is a little disappointing, as we would have liked it to have been compatible with multiple devices, especially when you consider how good this controller is.

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The controller really shines when it comes to actual use. NVIDIA promises a console-like experience with the Shield Controller, and this does hold true. The response time is great, there’s no lag between the presses on the controller and what is happening on the screen, and the controller itself handles very well, and is definitely of a very high quality.

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And this is where the question of the high price point comes in. While the NVIDIA Shield Tablet is a fantastic media consumption device and obviously a beast when it comes to gaming, it also comes with a reasonable price tag, which makes it all the more popular. But to get the most out of the tablet, a great controller is required, and while the Shield Controller is definitely up to the mark, its $60 price tag is very steep.

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If you don’t want to spend that much on a controller that will not work with any other device, there are some alternatives out there that are pretty good. One example is the Nyko PlayPad Pro Bluetooth Controller. The PlayPad Pro was developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, and is supposed to work very well with Tegra devices, which holds true for the most part. The Bluetooth connection is strong, and the response time is good, but the Shield Controller does outshine the PlayPad Pro in terms of performance. That said, if you aren’t looking to spend $60 on a controller, the Nyko PlayPad Pro, priced at just $20, is one of the better alternatives available.

So there you have it – a closer look at the NVIDIA Shield Controller. If you do decide to pick one up, it works really well with the Shield Tablet, and the experience it provides is certainly worth the steep price point. Now that the set is complete, stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you a comprehensive review of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, that will be up shortly!

T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Soldiers are Tegra-optimized Games, Now Available on Google Play

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Two new Tegra-optimized games are available on Google Play this week, T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Solders. The games are promoted as perfect games for any new Tegra-powered device, such as the SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable. And of course, if you have a SHIELD Controller for your Tablet, then checking these games out should be high on your list. 

Think of T.E.C 3001 as a super advanced Temple Run, which has you playing as a robot/Android character, jumping and dashing through levels in a futuristic environment. However, instead of an endless task, there are 41 levels in the game, full of bonus areas, unique achievements, and much more.

In Z Steel Soldiers, you strategize your way through another futuristic world, much like you would in StarCraft or Warcraft. You build your defenses, raise an army, and then absolutely dominate anyone who opposes your forces. Tegra enhancements include a Battle Cam, more awesome explosions, highlights on water, and more detailed shadow effects.

Both games come with premium price tags, with T.E.C priced at $5.28 and Z Steel Soldiers priced at $6.99.

If you own a Tegra-powered device, check them out.

Play Links: T.E.C 3001 ($5.28) | Z Steel Soldiers ($6.99)

T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Soldiers are Tegra-optimized Games, Now Available on Google Play is a post from: Droid Life

nabi Big Tab HD tablets pack massive screens for sharing

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Fuhu has rolled out a couple new tablets that will fit into the nabi line of offerings aimed at kids and families. Rather than being a smaller screen tablet with features aimed specifically at kids like some of the other nabi devices, these two new tablets are big screen monsters that are aimed at use in the home. The tablets include the nabi Big Tab HD 20″ and the Big Tab HD 24″.

Fuhu is billing both of these units as the world’s biggest Android tablets that are built for sharing. The 20″ tablet has a screen resolution of 1600 x 900 and the 24″ tablet offers 1920 x 1080 resolution. Both have 15-point capacitive touch technology and quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors.

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Each tablet has 16GB of storage inside and use lightweight frames to make them easier to carry even though they are massive devices. Nabi equips both of the big tablets with integrated stands to allow them to be adjusted to a comfortable angle or laid flat on a tabletop surface. A battery is built in, but the tablets are designed to be plugged most of the time. The battery is a short-term solution to allow the tablets to be moved from room to room while playing a game or watching a video.

Family Time is supported with the tablets having Two Play capability with games designed for two players at once like Checkers, Chess, and others. A Game Room feature has multiplayer games for the family to enjoy. The Blue Morpho OS overlay allows for two modes with one being a safe mode for kids to use alone. The nabi Big Tab HD 20″ tablet will sell for $449 and the 24″ unit will sell for $549 with both landing in stores this Fall.

SOURCE: Fuhu

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Bundle International Giveaway

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a cool Android or tech gadget each and every Sunday. Last week’s winner of the OnePlus One is Deimos K from the Netherlands, Congratulations Deimos, enjoy your new OnePlus One!

The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is a powerhouse of a tablet, and one that will delight power users and gamers alike. This week we are giving away a NVIDIA Shield tablet and controller to maximize your gaming potential.

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The successor to the NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming console takes on a more traditional form factor of an Android tablet. Nevertheless, one can argue that the primary purpose of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet is of course, gaming

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet first impressions

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The NVIDIA Shield, a stock Android handheld gaming console on which you can play Android and PC games, was introduced at CES last year. The new addition to the Shield family, announced back in July, takes on a more traditional look, coming in the form of an 8-inch tablet. Powered by NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor, the successor to the NVIDIA Shield is certainly a gaming powerhouse and we can’t wait to run it through its paces.

But before we dive into a more comprehensive review, here’s our first impressions about the NVIDIA Shield Tablet!

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Before we get started, we have to mention that there is a Shield wireless controller as well, to take full advantage of the gaming experience afforded by the many PC and Android gaming titles available. Unfortunately, we don’t have our hands on this controller just yet, as it is either back-ordered or completely sold out across the internet. That said, after we do pick one up, there will be a followup video on the controller and the gaming experience while using it.

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Unboxing the Shield Tablet is a standard affair. Opening the box shows you the tablet in all its glory, and found underneath are the wall charging unit, a microUSB cable, and an information booklet. The tablet itself features a minimalistic look akin to the Nexus 7 (2013), especially when you consider the Shield logo on the back that is also placed in a landscape orientation. The soft touch plastic material on the back is a little fingerprint-friendly and does get smudged, but is still very attractive nonetheless.

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The tablet is quite heavy, and comes with sizeable bezels around the display, which doesn’t look that bad, but we would have preferred thinner bezels all around. It’s definitely not that big of a deal, especially when you consider the front-facing speakers available for a good audio experience. Along with the front-facing speakers, you also have speakers along the sides, and at the bottom, that really allows for an immersive experience.

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The Shield Tablet also comes with a stylus, that is nestled into the top right corner of the device. The stylus itself is a little different, as you’ll notice that it doesn’t come with a standard rounded tip, but instead features a brush design. This design makes it quite pleasant to use, and the stylus itself is easy to hold and works well for the most part. Along the same side as the stylus are the power button and the volume rocker, as well as the microSD card slot.

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The NVIDIA Shield Tablet features an 8-inch IPS LCD display, with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. The display offers decent colour reproduction, but overall, it’s quite standard fare, with nothing in particular that makes it stand out. But, it is what is found under the hood that makes this tablet special. As mentioned earlier, the latest addition to the Shield family comes in a more traditional tablet form factor, that definitely makes more sense for a lot of Android users out there, compared to the more niche audience of the original Shield. I’ve already downloaded and played a bunch of games, including Trine 2, that comes pre-installed, Riptide GP 2, and GTA – San Andreas. Other games I’m looking at playing, that will also feature in some upcoming videos to showcase performance, are Dead Trigger 2, Anomaly 2, and GT Racing 2.

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As far as my initial impressions on the performance goes, there have been no issues with lag or slow down while gaming, and of course, going through the elements of stock Android 4.4 Kitkat has been an absolute breeze as well. The Tegra K1 processor has been doing a great job thus far, and I’ve had no problem running either native applications or games. Game streaming is something we’ll dive into after we get the wireless controller, as it is necessary to get a fully-optimized experience when streaming games from a PC equipped with an NVIDIA card.

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Apart from gaming, I’ve also been able to binge watch shows on Netflix on the tablet, without feeling the need to switch over to a bigger screen. The speaker setup really allows for a great audio experience, and once I got into the episodes, I couldn’t find any reason to turn it off and look for a different way to watch the show.

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Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you great coverage of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, including a few videos to showcase its gaming prowess, and of course, a detailed and comprehensive review!

NVIDIA plans for “Denver”, a 64-bit version of Tegra K1

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With the relatively good feedback coming from the performance of the Tegra K1 chip, NVIDIA is not resting on its laurels and is moving forward with what looks to be the company’s bet for the near-future’s Android chip – the dual-core 64-bit version of the NVIDIA Tegra K1, codename “Denver”.

Making its claims as the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android (Qualcomm, with the Snapdragon 410, might have something to say about that), NVIDIA says that Denver would probably outperform most quad and octa-core SoCs in the market today. In fact, the company even goes to say that it can match desktop processors in certain tasks.

Those are very confident claims coming from NVIDIA, whose Denver chip runs only two cores. The difference might be in that each core will have7-way superscalar microarchitecture – which in street terms would mean, up to seven concurrent operations can be run on each clock. That’s a drastic improvement from any chip out in the market today.

NVIDIA is also banking on Dynamic Code Optimization, a structure that will figure out optimal routines for different apps and then save them in a dedicated 128MB cache. That means less work on re-optimization, more speed. This 64-bit version of the Tegra K1 will be pin-for-pin compatible with the 32-bit version, which means OEMs won’t have to redesign boards that much.

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In the end, the main issue will always be performance boosts for the consumer. NVIDIA is already banking on energy efficiency with the Tegra K1. We should know more about processor speeds and the needed RAM combos for Denver as ship date approaches.

VIA: SlashGear

NIVIDIA Tegra K1 processor – more to come with Project Denver

Posted by Tom August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor has been wowing within the likes of the NVIDIA shield tablet, but its sister chip is also on the way.

The current K1 has a 32-bit ARM Cortox-A15 quad-core processor with 192-core NVIDIA Kepler graphics.

Coming up is a 64-bit version that shares the graphics tech but also features the company’s “Project Denver” processor based on ARMv8 architecture.

The K1 Denver model’s processor is dual-core and clocked at up to 2.5GHz. The cores feature 7-way superscalar microarchitecture, 128KB four-way L1 instruction cache, 64K four-way data cache and 2MB 16-way L2 cache.

It also has Dynamic Code Optimization, which uses a dedicated 128MB cache to improve the performance of frequently used operations.

This optimization, NVIDIA says, will see the Denver outperform dual- and octa-core chips.

NVIDIA is currently working with Android L support and the first Denver chips will be out by the end of the year.

In the meantime, we elect this as Denver’s unofficial theme tune.

Via liliputing

NVIDIA Tegra K1 gives Acer Chromebook 13 hours of uptime

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Acer Chromebook 13 is probably the first Chromebook out there sporting NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip, and it looks like it’s not too shabby at all. Both NVIDIA and Acer are harping on such qualities multi-tasking performance and the device’s mobile form factor. But at the top of the list is probably an industry first – 13 hours of battery time for the device.

You would expect great multi-tasking performance from the quad-core Tegra K1, which partnered with a visually light Android-based Chrome OS would truly give efficient work-and-play processes. And because it is NVIDIA, you would also expect decent GPU performance from the chip – probably not up to 3D gaming level, but it can take whatever visually-rich content the web can throw at it.

But the catch and the selling point here is really the Tegra K1’s power efficiency and the ability to work in a fanless (and therefore silent) form factor. This breakthrough is what gives NVIDIA the confidence to claim that the battery can run up to 13 hours on a single full charge on normal device usage.

The Acer Chromebook 13 has a 13-inch screen which is just about right for your mobile platform needs. It also incorporates a full-sized keyboard for times when you need to do real typing on the device. It has 16GB of internal storage and incorporates 2GB DDR3 RAM. This new Chromebook is now available for pre-order via Amazon or Best Buy for USD$279.99.

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NVIDIA unveils the first 64-bit ARM processor the Android, the Tegra K1 ‘Denver’

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 has been making some noise lately while being featured in the Shield Tablet and Acer’s new Chromebook 13, but it’s so yesterday since it’s only 32-bit. Today, NVIDIA announced the 64-bit version at the Hot Chips Conference, which makes it the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.

This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It’s fully ARMv8 architecture compatible and it’s pin compatible with the 32-bit Tegra K1, which should allow it to hit devices sooner rather than later.

We might see the first devices sporting this new chip by year’s end or at the latest, the 1st quarter of 2015.

source: NVIDIA

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Nvidia shows off new 64-bit Tegra K1 “Denver” for Android

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The Nexus 8 looks like it will be a powerful unit. The 64-bit Tegra K1 is the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, as Nvidia is happy to explain in a recent post on their company blog.

Nvidia is sharing some great information on their new “Denver” based 64-bit CPU, pairing with their 192-core Kepler architecture-based GPU to create a fully ARMv8 compatible processor that is also pin compatible with the 32-bit Tegra K1 processor, for faster adoption.

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“Denver” is built to provide the highest single-core CPU throughput available, which results also in industry leading dual-core performance. The new 64-bit Tegra K1 is set with 128K + 64K L1 cache, a good update from the 32K + 32K of the 32-bit Tegra K1.

In Nvidia’s words, the 64-bit Tegra K1 chip will offer PC-class performance; equipped mobile devices will experience much better performance for standard apps, extended battery life and the best web browsing experience all while opening up new possibilities for gaming, enterprise apps and more.

With that all said, we are very excited to learn that this is the expected chipset for the upcoming Nexus 8. Whether you are excited about the Nexus 8 or not, if this all comes together, an 8-inch device with 4GB of RAM, and this monster of a 64-bit processor sounds terribly tempting.

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Head over to the Nvidia post to gather more information on the particulars of the 64-bit Tegra K1.

We are very excited for the advancement of 64-bit technology on Android, we are happy to see that the hardware is headed in that direction and look forward to the performance gains before, and especially after, software is developed to fully utilize the technology. Keep tabs with us, I am certain we’ll have plenty more to say about the 64-bit Tegra K1 and 64-bit architecture in general.

Are you ready for 64-bit architecture on your Android device?


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