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BRAWL is basically Bomberman, violently re-imagined

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If you grew up in our generation, then you will understand what Bomberman is – that cute game with the animated bomb-laying guy out to finish a seemingly endless number maze levels against similarly cartoon-y villains. It was actually lots of fun. So take that, and then mix it with a horrible slasher movie like “Saw” or “Friday the 13th” and that’s basically what BRAWL is – a fun take on the old maze classic, but very much an adult game for the violence.

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The game comes exclusive for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and the SHIELD Android TV console, so you can imagine that the graphics will be very, very detailed. The game is dark in its concept, just bearably balanced by the fun gameplay. It is probably the only game, for now, that has received an 18+ “Adults only” rating from the Google Play Store.

As a player, you get to pick one of eight available characters, each with their own back stories. You play through levels and mazes pretty much like Bomberman. The specialized skills on the different characters keep the game interesting. But when you move to the multiplayer mode, everything changes – there it becomes a MOBA-style game which can accommodate as many as 4 local players on a device, be it the SHIELD Tablet or the console. You get to use the special skills of your characters to beat the other ones on the map, probably resulting in countless hours of gaming.

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If you bought for yourself a SHIELD Tablet or console, and you have the multiple controllers, then you probably won’t mind the game priced at USD$9.76. A bit pricey, but that’s the cost of multiplayer fun these days, especially on premium SHIELD devices. Pick up the game at the download link below. Remember, this is only for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD console.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

NVIDIA Shield Android TV review

Posted by wicked June - 28 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off
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A plethora of set-top boxes has been introduced to the market, offering so many options we don’t even know how to handle them. Of course, here at Android Authority we have a very special spot in our hearts for Android TV devices, and today we are taking a look at what could be the best one.

Editor's Choice Update 2015We know it’s hard to make a decision on the right smart TV device to get. Are you into gaming? If so, you may be looking for a set-top box which provides a good media and content experience, yet has the power to handle your gaming needs. NVIDIA has an answer to your prayers, and it comes in the amazing form of the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. Let’s take a look at it and see if it’s worth your cash! Plus, we’ve given it our Editor’s Choice Award for its stellar performance and robust feature set.

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Design

The NVIDIA Shield is arguably the most powerful set-top box in the market, as it was made with gaming in mind. This is why it only makes sense that the unit looks and feels a bit like a miniaturized gaming console. I mean, this won’t compare to the size you find in giants like the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

The NVIDIA Shield Android TV can easily blend into the rest of your home entertainment system. The device’s aesthetics are not too flashy, but it definitely has a good look and serves its purpose. We are sure it will be easy to find a good spot for it.

It only takes a second of looking around the unit to see this is a very well-endowed Android TV device. The console is adorned by a fun green light bar that turns on when the device is powered on. Flip the device around and you can find a bevy of ports that will leave you desiring nothing. There are 2 USB 3.0 ports, a microUSB port, an ethernet LAN port, HDMI and microSD card slot.

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The bundle includes a single controller, which can be used for navigating, controlling media and, of course, gaming. NVIDIA is one of the gaming kings in the industry, so you can be sure they didn’t skimp out on this gaming pad’s quality. It offers comfort for long hours of gaming and a matte finish that allows for a great grip.

The gaming pad comes with your standard D-pad and four main buttons (X, Y, A and B). Below these are the two thumb sticks, which happen to be made of rubber and are very comfortable to operate. The center of the controller displays back, home, play/pause and an NVIDIA button. There’s a couple shoulder buttons on the top, as well as a microUSB port for charging and a 3.5 mm headset jack for private listening. Oh, and we can’t forget that handy volume button under the thumb sticks.

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Not convinced with the controller? Even if you love it, using a gaming accessory for controlling a media device can get pretty uncomfortable. It’s a bit of an overkill, and that is why NVIDIA offers an optional remote with very simple controls, a mic for voice actions and even a 3.5 mm headset jack for listening to your content. It’s small and discrete, but it does cost extra (more on that to come).

Just in case you don’t like your set-top boxes laying flat, you can also purchase a stand that props the device up vertically. It blends in amazingly well with the design and gives the NVIDIA Shield Android TV’s look another angle (literally).

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Performance

Making a gaming set-top box without pristine performance would be unforgivable. This thing needs to perform to the tee, and we are glad to report we found no problems with it. The NVIDIA Shield Android TV can handle any game title you throw at it. Even the most graphically intensive games run without a single stutter, lag or delay.

We tested it with some of the most graphically intensive games around, including Asphalt 8, Skyforce, Modern Combat 5 and Dead Trigger 2. We never found a single issue. Just in case you were wondering, we never saw any problems with the way the device handles the software and UI, either.

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The device sure isn’t at the level of the PS4 or Xbox One in terms of graphics, but I would say it’s on par with the last-generation consoles. It’s definitely one of the top performers in the Android TV ecosystem. By the way, this little guy does support 4K resolutions, which also puts it above the competition.

Hardware

Much of this amazing performance can be credited to the powerful specs hidden inside this beast. It’s an NVIDIA product, so it obviously features an NVIDIA X1 processor that makes this little guy scream. Other specs include 3 GB of RAM, 7.1/5.1 surround sound support, 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz /5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1/BLE.

You get a couple options in terms of storage, and the difference between them is immense. The base version comes with 16 GB of internal storage, while the “Pro” iteration comes with 500 GB of memory. It’s amazingly simple to upgrade via microSD, though, which is definitely recommended if you go for the 16 GB model.

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Software

The NVIDIA Shield is essentially an Android TV on steroids, so the software is nearly identical to what you find in the competition. The build is based on Android 5.1 and you get access to all the applications you know and love. This includes Google services like the Google Play Store, Play Music, YouTube and more. You can also download third-party apps like Hulu and Netflix.

Android TV is sleek and simple to use, with large tiles and good imagery. The fact that it uses voice search also makes finding your content a breeze. Is the platform perfect? Definitely not. The following downsides may not be NVIDIA’s fault, but they are factors that will definitely affect people’s perception of the Shield Android TV.

I find the recommendations section to be random and not very helpful. It simply seemed like it wasn’t tailored for my tastes. Furthermore, app selection is still limited on Android TV – especially in the gaming section, which is what this specific product is all about. There’s plenty of Android games and apps out there, but only a handful have been tailored to work well with the large screen experience

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Thankfully NVIDIA has blessed the tiny console with some of its own gaming capabilities, which take the Shield Android TV to a whole other level. NVIDIA has baked Grid streaming straight into the device, allowing it to stream PC games from your personal computer.

The only issue is not everyone will be able to enjoy NVIDIA Grid. It has some pretty demanding requirements, as it streams PC games straight from your computer. This means the user needs to have a pretty powerful computer in order to use this feature, and it also needs to have a fairly recent NVIDIA GPU.

Let’s move on to brighter news, though. I did love that the NVIDIA Shield Android TV comes with Google Cast support (which really comes with every Android TV). This makes it super easy to stream content from your smartphone or tablet.

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Overall, the software experience while using this device is pretty good. The few issues we found are not really NVIDIA’s fault, and we know Android TV will continue to evolve and improve. It’s just a matter of being patient and waiting for those software updates.

Pricing and final thoughts

Here comes the moment of truth! Should you buy the NVIDIA Shield Android TV or go for a more affordable alternative? Let’s take a look at the price before we dig into that topic.

Customers will need to fork out $199.99 for the 16 GB version. On the other hand you can multiply your internal storage by over 30 times and go for the 500 GB “Pro” edition, which only costs $100 more ($299,99), but it will save you from the hassle of having to worry about running out of storage or getting microSD cards.

The accessories seem to be equally pricey. An extra controller costs $59.99, the metal stand is $29.99 and the remote costs $49.99.

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Is this thing cheap? No way. In fact, it’s the most expensive Android TV set-top box around. The difference here is that the NVIDIA Shield Android TV is for the hard-core gamers out there. This is not for someone who simply wants to watch some flicks and stream music. The gaming market is big, demanding and expensive. The price is justifiable.

If you are on the lookout for a nice set-top box with an emphasis on gaming (and you are willing to deal with Android TV being a bit immature), the NVIDIA Shield is definitely going to be your best bet. My only gripe is that most people won’t be able to take advantage of all the awesome features it offers.

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Editor's Choice Update 2015Some of its biggest selling points include 4K and NVIDIA Grid support. If you love gaming, have a powerful rig with a robust NVIDIA GPU, and want to enjoy one of the best in class Android TV experiences, then the NVIDIA Shield Android TV is a sure bet. If you’re more of a casual gamer, then there are less expensive options, but if you want to have something that packs a wallop, streams your games, and is quite future proof, then we highly recommend it. Further, we’ve given it our highly coveted Editor’s Choice Award for being a rock solid Android TV device!

Are you buying this bad boy? If so, you can always get them from the official NVIDIA website, or you can head over to Amazon and enjoy your awesome Prime shipping.

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ITC Staff recommends clearing Samsung, Qualcomm in Nvidia case

Posted by wicked June - 24 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Remember that lawsuit between Nvidia and Samsung that began late last year as a result of the graphic card manufacturer believing that the Korean company had infringed upon seven of its patents? And how Samsung hit back by first accusing Nvidia of false advertising and then by issuing its own lawsuit claiming the Nvidia had infringed upon Samsung’s patents? The International Trade Commission (ITC) stepped in soon after and have now formed a recommendation.

According to Bloomberg Intelligence, ITC staff members are recommending that Samsung and its co-defendant, Qualcomm, be cleared of patent infringement allegations brought by Nvidia. While this endorsement gives Samsung and Qualcomm a definite advantage over Nvidia, the case will rumble on until at least October before a ruling is made.

If Nvidia were to manage to prove its case, it could receive up to $2 billion in royalties from the defendants. It could also result in a U.S. ban on some of Samsung’s products that are proven to infringe on Nvidia’s patents. While the ruling is only due in October, I’m sure this isn’t the last we have heard on the matter.

 

Source: Bloomberg

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NVIDIA SHIELD Review

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 23 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA’s SHIELD set-top box is quite the little machine. A few of you may already have it in your home, given that it first became available back in late May, but just like smartphones, we like to take our time living with this tech in our own home, making sure we know the whole story before rushing to post a complete review.

I have been living with SHIELD hooked up to my TV in the living room for a little under a month now, and while most of my experience has been fantastic, it’s not NVIDIA’s hardware that causes issues for me at times; it’s Android TV. In the review below, we will go over the benefits of buying a SHIELD over a basic Nexus Player, plus the ups and downs of living with Android TV.

This is our NVIDIA SHIELD review.

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The Good


Specs

The SHIELD features a Tegra X1 processor with 3GB of RAM, plus 16GB of onboard storage. If you opt for the Pro model, you receive 500GB of storage, containing a hybrid HD with spinning hard disk and small amount of flash memory to help with performance. For ports, SHIELD has 2 full-size USB 3.0 slots, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 4K (UHD) copy protection, 2.0 micro-USB for ADB, Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 ac – 2×2 MIMO WiFi connectivity, and a Infra-red port for Logitech Universal remotes. In terms of an Android TV set-top box, not much compares to SHIELD currently on the market.

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Hardware

At least from my experience, NVIDIA has never skimped when it comes to hardware. Everything from their tablets (SHIELD Tablet) to hand-held gaming consoles (SHIELD Portable) feel very premium, with SHIELD being no different. It’s slightly heavy, with the look of brushed metal on part of its exterior, but thankfully, this isn’t a device you have to carry around with you. Once you have it placed on your desk or wherever in your living room, it will likely stay there, looking good. It features a unique design, with edges and points on its topside, plus that shiny NVIDIA Green illumination when powered on. It’s a good looking unit.

Accessories

Like other SHIELD devices, the SHIELD Android TV has a few accessories available to it, those being a SHIELD Remote and a SHIELD Stand. The SHIELD Remote is much like the remote you would find with the Nexus Player, but NVIDIA went above and beyond in terms of capability. With SHIELD Remote, folks who wish to watch their shows in privacy can hook up a headset directly to the remote for audio via a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack. This way you don’t have to wake up your spouse or kids who are sleeping upstairs while consuming your content. The SHIELD Controller, included with the purchase of SHIELD, also features a headphone jack. The SHIELD Stand is rather basic, allowing you to prop up SHIELD, much like you could a Xbox 360. It features a light adhesive on its bottom side, as to make sure it never falls over during an earthquake or getting bumped by something. This adhesive can be pulled up and moved, remaining sticky and not leaving marks.

The SHIELD Controller that is coupled with SHIELD out of the box is the same controller that launched alongside SHIELD Tablet. The only real difference is that it features Lollipop style buttons instead of Kit Kat on the frontside for Home, Back, and Start. It’s a well-built gaming controller, complete with triggers, bumpers, d-pad, joysticks, and long-lasting battery. The battery is charged via a microUSB port on the controller’s topside, right next to the headphone jack. Folks may ask, why did NVIDIA include a SHIELD Controller with SHIELD and not just a SHIELD Remote? Well, that’s simple. During a briefing, NVIDIA states that they want buyers to receive the full experience, no matter which model of SHIELD you get. SHIELD Android TV is meant to be experienced with a full game controller, given that its main purpose, at least in my eyes, is gaming.

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Each of these accessories can be purchased separately, and additional SHIELD Controllers can be bought as well. The SHIELD Remote is priced at $50, SHIELD Stand at $30, and extra SHIELD Controllers cost $60.

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Gaming and Performance

Most of my excitement surrounding SHIELD was the gaming aspect. Sure, you can play games built for compatibility with Android TV, but let’s be real, not all of those are awesome. Announced alongside SHIELD was the release of DOOM 3: BFG Edition, The Talos Principle, Miami Hotline, and Luftrausers. Now these games are what I’m talking about — games built specifically for those with gaming controllers, played on the big screen TV in your living room. Thanks to SHIELD’s computing power, shooting my way through DOOM 3, plus the older DOOM and DOOM II was really great, and with NVIDIA testing controls and playability themselves, controllers work without a hitch during gameplay.

For users of GameStream, don’t worry, it’s baked into SHIELD as well. GameStream allows you to stream your compatible PC games via your home’s Internet connection to the HDTV in your living room. First introduced with SHIELD Tablet, you will again need to make sure you have all of the necessary tech to make it work. And for the Twitch streamers among us, NVIDIA Share is available, allowing you to stream your gameplay directly to Twitch while you play. For gamers who love to share their experiences, it’s a big advantage over anything else on the market.

Beyond just gaming, whipping through Android TV’s menus is a breeze, with no signs of jank or lag. Everything runs smoothly at 60FPS. With the Tegra X1 and 3GB of RAM, you would really hope not to see any performance hiccups, and thankfully during my living experience, I didn’t notice any issues in the performance department. As long as you have excellent Internet speeds, everything should download smoothly, run phenomenally, and look fantastic.

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GRID

Alongside games released natively for Android that you can download straight from Google Play, NVIDIA has something special for those who want to take gaming to that next level, and that’s Full HD game streaming from GRID. No longer in beta, GRID allows you to stream games via dedicated servers over a high-speed data connection. To NVIDIA, a high-speed data connection equates to a recommended 5-10 Mbps for 720p streaming and 30-50 Mbps for 1080p. To get those speeds, I would recommend hardwiring SHIELD to your router, just to make sure you don’t have to worry about an inconsistent WiFi connection. As for which games are available for streaming, currently there is Batman: Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum, GRID and GRID 2 (racing games), Borderlands, Homefront, F.E.A.R. 3, Dead Island, and a boat load of LEGO titles. NVIDIA adds new titles to GRID regularly, so don’t worry about running out of titles to play.

Honestly, I don’t like to buy every game that is available for whatever console I own. GRID allows me to play these games free of charge and even saves my progress on a server via my account. As a consumer, this is a ton of value included with my initial purchase of SHIELD, so anything that is included along with that purchase is icing on the cake to me.

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I stress the issue of gaming to potential buyers of SHIELD because if you are interested in buying this box, yet don’t plan on playing any games, what’s the point? Sure, if you want a super glorified $199+ Android TV box, go for it, but in actuality, this is a specialty device with a somewhat limited market. Yes, the gaming industry is huge and mobile gaming is growing like crazy, but how many people really want to play their mobile games on a HDTV? A SHIELD buyer needs to want to play AAA gaming titles in the living room, with a controller in-hand. NVIDIA already has more gaming titles lined up, so if you take gaming seriously, SHIELD is really your only option for the living room in the Android TV space.

4K (UHD) Capability

Unlike other Android TV boxes, SHIELD is essentially future proof. It features the ability to playback 4K content, something that other boxes cannot do. Now, as of today, 4K content is extremely limited, but it is really only a matter of time until it is mainstream. 4K TVs are becoming more affordable, and with this, the demand for 4K content will grow. As we already see, Netflix produces a TV series in UHD, which looks fantastic when being streamed on SHIELD. I thought Kevin Spacey in House of Cards was already a good looking guy, but in 4K, he’s super handsome.

Beyond limited content, unless you want to stream 24 hours of MKBHD YouTube videos, the simple fact that SHIELD supports 4K is important. In a world where whatever we buy seems outdated the second we open the box, SHIELD will at least be able to keep up with the change from Full HD over to 4K as it becomes more popular among movie/TV studios and content creators.

Note: NVIDIA provided a 4K TV to me for this review.

Updates Straight From NVIDIA

Just like previous SHIELD devices from NVIDIA, updates for these units and accessories come straight from the company; no waiting for carriers or any of that nonsense. In my experience, NVIDIA takes the update game extremely serious, always trying to provide the latest build of Android to their customers, while still baking in special features. Since having SHIELD in my home, it has received a few updates that focus on making it perform better during streaming. If updates are important to you, as they should be, SHIELD seems set to receive updates well into the future.

Somewhere in the Middle


Android TV Software

Android TV has been available for quite some time, but it still has some growing to do. The basic operation of it is simple enough, complete with scrolling and clicking, but I feel it is missing something. Maybe if I could hook my cable box up through Android TV to get some type of overlay, that could be sweet, but sadly, this is not the case. Instead, on my TV, I have to switch inputs from my cable box to see my SHIELD content. Once loaded up, Android TV is very minimal. You can access Play Movies and Play Music, plus download third party apps like MLB.TV, Netflix, and Hulu Plus, but one of my main issues was Google Play. Before the recent Android TV update, browsing through whatever titles were available on Google Play wasn’t quite possible. You either had to load up the apps from your desktop and send them to Android TV, or hope the app was popular enough to be listed on the front page. Now with the update available, browsing all apps is possible, it’s just that there seems to be a lack in the Android TV app ecosystem as a whole. It’s growing, but still lacking. Everything you probably need is there, such as Netflix and Hulu — HBO Go is on the way — but a first time user of Android TV may be left a little bored with the lack of features.

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Now, besides an unknown longing for something more, Android TV is a nice, simple platform for watching YouTube videos and movies already in your Play Movies library. Given that it is tied to your account, accessing your already-owned content is very easy, and thanks to the built-in Voice Search function, finding whatever you want is made very easy. Don’t get me wrong, Android TV is nice, but I think it could be better.

Pricing and Availability

SHIELD is priced very well, if you plan on using it to its full potential. For the 16GB model, capable of only holding a few games, you are looking at a $199 price. This includes a SHIELD Controller, access to GRID game streaming, plus a promotion for $30 in Google Play credit and 3 free months of Google Play Music. For an extra $100, you can go the Pro model, featuring 500GB of onboard storage. Included with the Pro is also a SHIELD Controller, $30 of Google Play credit, 3 months of Google Play Music, and a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel upon its release. So, in my opinion, if you are thinking SHIELD, then you have to go Pro. All that storage will really come in handy, allowing you not to worry about taking up too much space with games you don’t play.

One of my issues with the pricing is not of the unit itself, but with its accessories. For an extra $50, you can buy a SHIELD Remote, or for $30, a SHIELD Stand. While the stand is nice, it’s a piece of plastic that you stick your SHIELD into. It looks cool, but $30? Damn. $50 also seems steep for SHIELD Remote. Instead of including Borderlands and 3 free months of Google Play Music, why not throw in a SHIELD Remote and Stand for Pro model buyers? Or maybe a complete SHIELD Bundle option for those who don’t want/need Play Music and Borderlands? Even more crazy, why not offer a SHIELD coupled with a SHIELD Remote for just $150, then make people purchase a SHIELD Controller separately if they decide they want to game with the device? There are a few different ways NVIDIA could have gone about the pricing for SHIELD, and in the long run, they probably chose right, but as a consumer, I would have liked to see a few more options.

And seriously, $199 for just 16GB of storage? At least make it 32GB, NVIDIA.

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The Not-so-Good


Bugs Here and There

I, along with our friend Dave Kover who owns a Pro model of SHIELD, have come across a bug or two during our time with SHIELD. It’s nothing crazy, but they do exist, and so far, have been the only damper on my time with the device. For me, at times when I don’t place the device into Sleep mode and leave it, I will come back to it and the picture will be extremely distorted. This will force me to restart the box, then all seems well. Again, this only seems to happen when I leave the device sitting for a while and not placing it in Sleep mode. Dave, on the other hand, ran into an issue with the connectivity of his SHIELD Controller. After starting playback on a video, the SHIELD Controller will turn off (disconnect), and then when he presses the SHIELD button to turn on the controller, it won’t sync back up with SHIELD. This also resulted in him having to restart his box. These are not insane bugs, all of which are likely fixable by NVIDIA in an update, but don’t go into SHIELD thinking you will have a flawless experience, and then when something happens you freak out and think your unit is broken. Bugs happen.

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Verdict


In my opinion, SHIELD is the best set-top box you can get on the market today. It delivers everything the competitors have, and then some. Sure, that initial cost might seem high at first, but in the long run, you have a future proof box that delivers your HD movies, music, games, and 4K content. That’s a lot to ask for, all for starting at $199.

The only real reason you should opt for something less is because you think you won’t need all of the gaming features. I mean, c’mon, it comes coupled with a game controller. If games aren’t your thing, then there is no need for it, and maybe a Nexus Player or Smart TV with Android TV baked in would be a better fit. But if you want to turn your TV experience up to 11, SHIELD is the way to go.

NVIDIA SHIELD Review is a post from: Droid Life

Acer to launch first all-in-one Chromebase computer this month

Posted by wicked June - 23 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Acer is set to expand its product line through industry first all-in-one computer devices running on Chrome OS. Acer is no stranger to the Chrome OS via its Chromebook offerings, but these two devices – a non-touchscreen all-in-one computer and a variant with touchscreen – will be a whole new product line for the Taiwan-based outfit, and the products are set to be available in the US market this month.

Both Chrombase devices will sport gorgeous 21.5-inch Full HD (1080p) displays, powered by a robust NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor – this chipset has given up the “fastest mobile processor around” label, but it is still certainly up there on that list. This will be supported by 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Connectivity options include both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and the package includes a built-in HD webcam.

All-in-one computers leverage heavily on space-saving form factors, lacking the standard CPU box and all of its elements built-in to the display element. It makes sense that Acer used a mobile processor for this offering, and to make sure it does not experience an annoying amount of lag, it uses an NVIDIA Tegra processor that is sure to perform well, relatively.

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The Acer Chromebase DC221HQ will feature a non-touchscreen unit that will be available this month for USD$329.99, while the touchscreen variant will be available in July at USD$429.99. If you are comfortable working on a computer with Chrome OS and are looking for a space-saver, this product is a great option.

SOURCE: Acer

[Deal] Google’s Nexus Player only $68 through Amazon

Posted by wicked June - 22 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Amazon has Google’s Nexus Player on sale for $68, if you’re looking to get yourself set up with an Android TV.

Of course, there are much better options out there as far as Android TV set-top boxes go. For instance, the NVIDIA Shield TV and Forge TV are excellent solutions, but can be a lot pricier than what the Nexus Player is running for right now.

The Nexus Player usually runs at about $100, but at $68, you’re getting about a $32 discount, and that’s hard to pass up. If you’re looking to outfit your TV with Android on a budget, this is your best bet.

If you’re interested, just hit the source link below!

source: Amazon

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NVIDIA SHIELD Receives 1.2 Update, Includes 4K Picture Sharing and GameStream Enhancements

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 15 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The SHIELD Android TV set-top box from NVIDIA is receiving a big update this morning, labeled as upgrade 1.2. Inside, owners who have a 4K TV in the living room can now share photos with super high resolution directly from the Photos & Videos app. 

NVIDIA also baked in enhancements for SD card auto-move settings, improvements for GameStream (PC game streaming over home network), notifications for low battery on SHIELD Remote, plus an update for the SHIELD Remote that should make the accessory a bit more snappy.

Lastly, streaming performance for apps such as Netflix and Google Play Movies has been included. Check out the full changelog below, then go grab it. Unless you are busy at work. Then you will have to wait until later.

What’s New

  • Share your pictures in 4K on Ultra HD TVs with the Photos & Videos app
  • Delivers enhancements for SD card auto-move setting
  • Optimizes streaming experience for Google Play Movies and Netflix
  • SHIELD Accessories Upgrade for SHIELD Remote for snappier response
  • Adds notifications for low battery on SHIELD Remote
  • Delivers enhancements for NVIDIA GameStream (requires update to GeForce Experience v2.25 beta or later)

Did you recently receive your SHIELD in the mail? How are you liking it?

Via: NVIDIA

NVIDIA SHIELD Receives 1.2 Update, Includes 4K Picture Sharing and GameStream Enhancements is a post from: Droid Life

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If you’re the owner of Nvidia’s Shield Android TV set-top box, a nice update is now making its way to your device. Bringing the software version up to 1.2, the Shield Android TV’s first big maintenance update provides some improvements to a number of Shield applications and some additional fixes. Most notably, the update adds support for 4K output in the Photos & Videos app, so those of you that have a 4K television will now be able to view high resolution pictures at full quality. Also included in the update are improvements to Nvidia’s GameStream service, which should be a change welcomed by most users of the set-top box.

There are also a handful of bug fixes in the update, including improved streaming performance for Google Play Movies and Netflix, as well as updates to make the Shield Remote much quicker. Also, your device will now give you a notification on your screen if your Shield Remote is low on battery.

This isn’t the most feature-packed update we’ve ever seen, but it does add a few nice improvements to the set-top box. Be sure to head into your device’s settings menu to check for the new update!

Nvidia is rolling out 1.2 Upgrade to SHIELD Android TV Box

Posted by wicked June - 15 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The SHIELD Android TV Box might have only been available to buy for a few weeks, but Nvidia isn’t resting on its laurels. Nvidia is already pushing Upgrade 1.2 to the device via OTA (Over-The-Air). We have the changelog after the break.

 New features in Upgrade 1.2:

  • Share your photos in 4K resolution via the Photos & Videos app
  • New streaming apps available via Google Play – Fox Sports Go, EPIX, CBS News and CBS Sports
  • New games available via Google Play – Doom 3 (BGF Edition), Game of Thrones, Machinarium

Enhancements:

  • Delivers a SHIELD accessories upgrade to Shield Remote for a snappier response. Adds low battery notification
  • Optimizes streaming experience for Google Play Movies and Netflix
  • Enhancements to Nvidia GameStream. Upgrade to latest version of GeForce Experience on PC for best experience
  • Boosts audio level for recorded or broadcasted gameplay using Nvidia Share
  • Delivers enhancements for SD card auto-move setting
  • Improves responsiveness for select wireless keyboards

MPEG 2 codec support is apparently coming soon according to a Nvidia representative. Nvidia generally pushes the update to everyone, so it’s worth checking your SHIELD Android TV device to see if it’s available to download and install.

Source: Nvidia

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Doom 3 DFG now on Android, NVIDIA SHIELD devices only

Posted by wicked June - 5 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The NVIDIA SHIELD has yet to prove that it can be a gaming device of your choice. It’s an Android TV-powered device which means only Android apps and games can run on it. NVIDIA has recently announced that Doom 3 will be coming to Android together with other games and now it has arrived. Doom 3 requires power and the NVIDIA Tegra X1 mobile processor could handle the game on the NVIDIA SHIELD.

No information when the game will officially be released but Doom 3′s coming to Android is very good news especially to hardcore DOOM fans. If you’re thinking of getting an NVIDIA SHIELD, the Doom 3 bit might make you finally decide to get one. The Android TV-powered device, together with the Pro version, are now available in Canada and the US.

NVIDIA proudly announced during the Game Developer Conference 2015 that Doom 3 will be playable on the NVIDIA SHIELD only. This edition will include the original DOOM, DOOM 2, DOOM 3, and DLC for DOOM 3 in one special package. Game is much like the original version by id Software. The series which was first played on Windows PC in August 2004 but versions for Linux and Mac OS X were made. The following year, Xbox got it and then followed by Xbox 360.

When it comes to first person shooter games (FPS), Doom is well-known because it’s one of the first games that made it really big along with Wolfenstein 3D. Gamers know that Doom is the first evolution of the genre by being ahead of the other titles, thanks to the engine technology used in it. Game has been controversial too because of violence in the material but of course, any geek and gamer would easily brush off that part.

DOOM 3 will run in single-player and multi-player formats but we’re not sure if it can be played on the web with web-based multiplayer sessions. Game can still be played in one’s own home system but not sure about online sessions.

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Download Doom 3 : BFG Edition from the Google Play Store