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Will The Nvidia Shield Be a Game Changer?

Ridge wrote- "Earlier this week at CES Nvidia revealed that they were entering the handheld gaming market with their new Project Shield. It looks cool for sure, but will it burst onto the scene and be a legitimate game changer? Or fail to penetrate the handheld market?"

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LOGICWINS1293d ago

It has potential, but it has barriers to entry considering that you need a pre-existing suped up PC to stream games to it...and even then you need to stay within close proximity to your PC(kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc.) Until Steam adopts an OnLive/Gaikai-like service where I can stream games to this device via cloud WITHOUT the use of a PC as a middle man, this device becomes VERY impractical for real world use.

Who will spend upwards $300 just to play PC games while taking a dump in the bathroom?

Sanquine901293d ago

If you have a good graphics card ( Higher than blabla). If not you are screw*d. I think the writer has a point with the games. This device is not going to get Uncharted or a mario. No monster hunter or animal crossing.

On the otherhand steam is awesome!

LOGICWINS1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

Granted you won't be able to play Uncharted or Mario on this device, but thats expected. Why would anyone think that was a possibility? Sony/Nintendo OWN the rights to these franchises. Vice versa, it's the same reason why hundreds of thousands of PC games will never be on a Sony or Nintendo console.

SHIELD is meant for people who want to play the BEST versions of multiplatform games on a portable device. The issue is that you can't use it outside of your Wi-fi connection...rendering it impractical.

I'm willing to assume that there isn't a significant group of consumers out there that have been dying for a chance to pick up loot in Borderlands 2 while simultaneously heating up a Hot Pocket in the kitchen.

SirRidge1293d ago

Lots of people will definitely have a hard time parting with their money for a device that only has games that can be played elsewhere.

decrypt1293d ago

I wouldnt say you cant get Mario on this, since PC can emulate pretty much any Nintendo system all the way upto Wii.

If PC can emulate it, all this has to do is Stream it. Dont see why it wouldnt work.

badz1491293d ago

that's a bold claim! it's basically an android tablet with a controller and it plays android games with a controller just like the Xperia Play! it's just better design-wise and that is it!

oohh...this 1 can stream Steam games from pc too? what's the point?? if you have a rig that is powerful enough to stream Steam to the Shield, why do you even consider playing on the Shield with on 720p to boot? pc gamers love kb+m configuration but Shield doesn't have that and games not supporting controllers natively will suffer a bit too.

seriously...the shield as a whole is just pure pointless!

tubers1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

Don't forget that you're also getting a:

-5 inch 720p mutli touch 290+ PPI screen
-stand alone android device
-pure android (fast updates)
-access to Google Play apps (all android games as well)
-outputs 4K
-browse the web with html 5 video.
-industry standards: USB, microSD and miniHDMI

-free "stand". You can let it sit on a desk or sit on your washboard abs
-free full controller

If it's anything near $ 299.99 MSPR, it's not that bad: You are left with a nifty Portable Media Device.

PC streaming is just another one of its features.

bullymangLer1293d ago

ill tell you what a game changer is . .check out blaster master for the NES . that is a game changer

rainslacker1293d ago

One of the best, and most fun games ever created.

EddieNX 1293d ago

No. It and all these other boxes and tegra devices will not take off. Isn't it obvious ? You have Nintendo , Sony , Microsoft to try and get past.

Venox20081293d ago

well its not a game changer, but an option ..streaming pc games hmm, I would say not bad, but I prefer laptop and joypad for PC games.. but more I prefer console games and handhelds :)

CommonSenseGamer1293d ago

I don't think Shield will be a game changer but next gen devices based on the Tegra 4 architecture will be.

tubers1293d ago

If it's anything like the Nexus 7 that changed the market for tablet entry products.. Yeah!

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