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Submitted by SirRidge 903d ago | opinion piece

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?" (3DS, Android, Industry, iPad, Mobile, Nintendo DS, NVIDIA, PS Vita)

LOGICWINS  +   903d 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?
Sanquine90  +   903d 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!
LOGICWINS  +   903d 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.
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SirRidge  +   903d 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.
decrypt  +   903d 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.
badz149  +   902d ago
game changer?
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!
tubers  +   902d 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.
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bullymangLer  +   903d ago
ill tell you what a game changer is . .check out blaster master for the NES . that is a game changer
ikkokucrisis  +   903d ago
Yes, I luved that game!
rainslacker  +   902d ago
One of the best, and most fun games ever created.
Kingofwiiu  +   903d 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.
Venox2008  +   903d 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 :)
CommonSenseGamer  +   903d ago
I don't think Shield will be a game changer but next gen devices based on the Tegra 4 architecture will be.
tubers  +   902d ago
If it's anything like the Nexus 7 that changed the market for tablet entry products.. Yeah!
MilkMan  +   903d ago
Nope, neither will the Steambox.
Dogswithguns  +   902d ago
Doesn't look like a bright future to me..
Somebody  +   902d ago
When I first heard Nvidia Shield I was indifferent (merely reading the titles of articles). When I looked more closely at it (actually read whole articles), I was excited and thought it was exactly what I want. I have a pretty decent PC but carrying it back and forth to the living room is pretty tiring so maybe Shield might help with that.

Then after the excitement is over and I think more of Shield's capabilities...it's a little bit too late for my needs. I already bought a gaming laptop that I can connect to the living room's HDTV and play with an X Box 360 Controller and Steam's Big Picture Mode. If I can't/don't want to use the HDTV, I can still play with the laptop's 15" monitor. I thought Shield's PC games cloud streaming power could win me over but I already have a laptop to care of that.

That leaves me with Shield's Android games capability....I hate those games. Specifically I hate the F2P nature of those games. Once I got out of the house I'm stuck with Android games that will always pestering me to buy some levels or items that I sorely need to progress but were cut out of the game. I prefer the traditional games that you pay once instead of games that claim to be free but forces you to pay all the time. Sure Shield could utilize Nvidia's own cloud gaming GRID to stream PC games when I outside but even 3G is still a bit wonky in my town. It' highly unrealistic when I have to go to the big cities 3 hours away merely to play streamed PC gaming smoothly.

I already have a laptop that handles living room PC gaming and I'm still waiting for Steam Box's offering. I have no interest with Android games so...in the end Shield is a "NO" for me.
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danny818  +   902d ago
Ummm no! It looks wacky! Something you will be embarrassed to carry around. Which defeats the purpose of a portable
nevin1  +   901d ago
Before PSP was rumored, I always thought it should be just the DualShock Controller and screen.

Now this Sheild reminds me I'm glad they didnt go that route.
danny818  +   901d ago
Lmao!!! Right!

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