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Nvidia’s Project Shield: developers react

EDGE - What do developers think of Project Shield, the new gaming handheld which Nvidia claims will ‘do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books’? While the device runs on Android, this is quite different to most portable devices that run on Google’s mobile OS.

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RankFTW1294d ago

Quite looking forward to lying in bed and playing some PC games on a handheld.

LAWSON721294d ago

It is an android device, and tegra 4 is not that powerful to play any graphic heavy game.

RankFTW1294d ago

But you can stream Steam games from your PC if you have a 600 series graphics card.

ABizzel11294d ago

It's starting to look a lot like Vita. A great idea, but just why would anyone need this (although I give the desire edge to Vita for exclusives).

PC sharing, sounds great, but why wouldn't I just get up and get on my PC? And how many gamers are really going to upgrade from their 560Ti or better to the 600 series just for Shield.

And again Tegra 4 should be a powerful mobile GPU, but why would I buy this when I can get a Tegra 4 tablet in the near future.

It all boils down to the price. If it's $99 it's going to sell, but seeing how Ouya is a steal price at $99 and featuring older tech, I find it hard to believe Shied will match that price. If it's $199 It's going to struggle like the Vita (which is unfortunate, because both have huge potential).

If it cost more than $200 it's doomed. That money could be used to buy a new GPU for you Gaming PC. I don't see this being successful, or a threat to the 3DS or even Vita.

DeadlyFire1294d ago

Well technically it could do graphics kinda like a PSP range of quality.

Unless Grid works with it then I don't see it launching up very fast. Then again I was not expecting any Andriod gaming consoles to launch in 2013, but now there are 4 coming. Shield, OTON, Ouya, and Gamestick.

cyclindk1294d ago

I just had the greatest idea in the history of the universe and it's all because of the first comment...

Not a mobile gaming device that makes it EASIER to be IMOBILE! yourself, but one that you can use WHILE moving!

Augmented reality overlays!!!

Go jogging and the lightweight lenses and head-mounted unit display an augmented overlay of "obstacles" in your environment, from traditional hurdles to a burning fiery ring, or a freaking tiger or landmine, or Alien all of which you either have to dispatch or evade for points.

Or you could be driving and it can give you traffic, speed, weather, gps, information in an unobtrusive heads up display without you having to turn your head or really take your eyes off the road at all.

Hell, not to mention giving you a portable display unit for watching standard media, music, movies, playing full-screen games, et cetera.

I'd buy one of those.

Nvidia needs to team up with the more "innovative" members of the Sony team, the PSP people. They have good ideas, but need better implementation.

ElectricKaibutsu1294d ago

That would be cool but isn't that what Google Glass is supposed to be?

cyclindk1294d ago

... returns from Project Glass wiki page...

Fu#$#$!!!

Well, at least someone's making it! :)

skyrimer1294d ago

If they make it pocketable, I'll get one if the price is right. At home I can connect to Steam and play some PC games, on the go I have Tegra games and what not, looks good to me.

Like the wii in the beginning, I think we don't like it because wer're not it's core demographic. It's cool for families who share the main TV and the father wants to play some high end games on the couch mostly. I'm quite surprised how much portables are played at home, so don't understimate this device.

Besides, if they can make the cloud really work, and it looks like it, playing full pc games anywhere, together with hundreds of mobile games sound like a good bargain to me.

givemeshelter1293d ago

@deadlyfire
This device based on these specs happens to be more powerful than the Vita. So in fact it's capable of delivering far superior graphics then the PSP or Vita if developers chose to go in that direction. Have you seen the mac architecture for the Tegra 4?