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    News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Tegra 4 powered console is “World’s first gaming portable for open platforms”.
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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    I like the form factor, with the screen being protected when it's closed. A major advantage over the Wii U controller.

    This will be an absolute beast when it comes to portable gaming. It's probably more powerful than the Wii U, quad A15s at ~1.7GHz will beat a tri-core PowerPC at 1.2GHz. Can't comment on the GPU however - 72 mobile geforce cores (relatively unknown quantity) versus whatever the Wii U incorporates.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    I'm not sure 72 GPU cores is particularly amazing amongst the technology Hexus is familiar with day in, day out. Pocket-lint's comments about using this device to bridge your PC and your TV are more interesting - I presume this is the kind of thing Valve were also looking at creating.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Borderlands 2 on it? hows that work then?
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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Not sure I understand the idea behind playing your pc games in the living room... worse in every way, surely?
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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Quote Originally Posted by sykobee View Post
    I like the form factor, with the screen being protected when it's closed. A major advantage over the Wii U controller.

    This will be an absolute beast when it comes to portable gaming. It's probably more powerful than the Wii U, quad A15s at ~1.7GHz will beat a tri-core PowerPC at 1.2GHz. Can't comment on the GPU however - 72 mobile geforce cores (relatively unknown quantity) versus whatever the Wii U incorporates.
    It's not all about clock speed, and that's especially true when you're comparing CPUs built around completely different ISA. And we're comparing a mobile-aimed SoC GPU against what's effectively a desktop part.

    There are so many consoles being released lately, it seems to defeat the purpose of their standardised nature. And Nvidia seem to be competing with some of the customers too...

    @Platinum, read the article.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Not sure I understand the idea behind playing your pc games in the living room... worse in every way, surely?
    Let's you be with your other half whilst they're watching crap TV, and stops an argument about you're never spending time with them (despite the fact that they're watching said crap TV at those times).

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Not sure I understand the idea behind playing your pc games in the living room... worse in every way, surely?
    Big screen+sound system, couch, mates. Playing games in a small office is downright odd

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

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    Borderlands 2 on it? hows that work then?
    Streaming from a PC or console.....much like OnLive were/are doing....but locally.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    The A15 is a very strong design, and in the same ballpark (i.e., not vastly slower, but may be a little slower per clock) as the (now quite ancient) PowerPC cores used in the Wii U. The additional core and higher clock speeds make it a fairly safe assumption that the general computational power of a Tegra 4 is probably faster than a Wii U. Then again, the Wii U is going to have a far higher performance GPU.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    So standalone it's an android tablet with a decent controller.

    Connect (by wifi) to your gaming PC and you can play your steam games on it anywhere in the house. (local onLive)


    Not many android games that really need a gamepad currently ?
    The "remote steam games" means it has an instant library of games available though.


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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    You know POWER is an ISA, like x86, and is very widely used, including the server and HPC markets. Unless I've misunderstood your post? According to a single, unconfirmed source, the cores are 'similar' to Broadway, but he doesn't really expand on that, so he could mean anything from it's exactly the same but higher clocked (which isn't the case) to it uses the POWER ISA, which tells us nothing...

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    I like this idea of steaming games to the front room - gaming with the wife watching TV! Just hope it works ok on N150 wireless! Shame i'll have to have a newer Nvidia card though as I really wanted a AMD next time...
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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Just thought, isn't Video Codec Engine an AMD trademark?

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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    I understand how you can stream games from your PC onto the controller (sounds excellent by the way!) but how does that then get onto the TV? HDMI cable?

    Either way, I'm very interested
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    Re: News - NVIDIA shows off Project Shield, a new handheld games console

    Yeah I think it's HDMI from controller to TV, but I wonder how durable that will be? HDMI cables aren't usually designed to be that flexible.

    Also, I wonder how comfortable the controller will be to use? It looks like they used the original Xbox controller as inspiration...

    Despite claims to the contrary on their website, I wonder how much lag this would introduce? Render>compress>wifi>decompress>HDMI>TV. Wifi often introduces noticeable lag when gaming online, let alone while streaming high-bandwidth video too...

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