NVIDIA announces SHIELD tablet and wireless controller

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and ControllerAs recent rumours suggested, NVIDIA today unveiled a tablet that focuses heavily on gaming. As expected, the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet comes with NVIDIA’s own TEGRA K1 processor with 192 GPU cores.

Eleven games, including Trine 2, War Thunder and Half-Life 2, have already been optimized for the Tegra K1processor and join some 400 SHIELD-optimized games available through the SHIELD Hub.

NVIDIA SHIELD TabletNVIDIA SHIELD Tablet specifications:

  • Processor: 2.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA TEGRA K1
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE on 32GB model (supporting bands 2,4,5,7,17 in North America)
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, dual-channel 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Display: 8-inch Full HD (1080×1920) IPS LCD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 16GB (Wi-Fi) / 32GB (Wi-Fi + LTE)
  • External storage: MicroSD cards up to 128GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF HDR
  • Front-facing camera: 5MP HDR
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port, mini-HDMI output
  • Sensors: 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass
  • Battery: 19.75 Watt Hours
  • Dimensions: 221 × 126 × 9.2 millimeters
  • Weight: 390 Grams
  • Colours: Black
  • Other: Front-facing stereo speakers, DirectStylus 2

NVIDIA also announced a wireless controller designed for both Android and PC gaming. Very similar to the original SHIELD, it does away with the smaller screen but otherwise appears to be about the same size. Low latency is promised by its direct Wi-Fi connection. As yesterday’s leak revealed, it comes with dual analog joysticks, a d-pad, left and right analog triggers and bumpers, A, B, X and Y buttons,  Android Home and Back buttons, a Start button, volume controls and a capacitive touchpad.

The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet also comes with the same GameStream technology found on the original SHIELD to let you remotely play games on your PC when you’re home. It also comes with Twitch integrated to let you stream live gameplay to your friends or watch others play.

The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is now available for pre-order. The 16GB model sells for US$299/CA$329 and the 32GB LTE one for US$399/CA$429. The latter will launch later than the Wi-Fi model. The wireless controller will sell for an additional US$59/CA$65 and the tablet cover for US$39/CA$43.

Source : NVIDIA