NVIDIA SHIELD update improves GameStream, Gamepad Mapper and more

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Today, NVIDIA is releasing an update to their SHIELD handheld console that brings much appreciated improvements. GameStream, the ability to stream PC games to your SHIELD, has been boosted to support 1080p and 60 frames per second when connected through an ethernet cable. You still get 60 FPS when on WiFi, but you’ll drop to 720p. This means you can play some of your favorite games on SHIELD rather than staring at a computer screen.

GamePad Mapper, which allows you to customize your controls, has been given the option to share, download, and rate mapping profiles created by the community. Also, the gyro sensors can be mapped through to analogs to simulate the activity. The right thumbstick can be mapped to look around (like a conventional controller) for games that regularly change perspective via swiping on the touchscreen.
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OUYA releases new white version of gaming console, offers 16GB of storage instead of 8

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The original OUYA Android-powered gaming console only offered up 8GB of internal storage. That’s a bit of a problem considering most games these days are getting to be more and more data-filled.

Thankfully, the folks over at OUYA have a solution. A new white version of its console was just  released, and will offer up 16GB of storage.

You can buy it now for $130, $30 dollars more than the original OUYA. Whether or not that’s too much money for 8 more GB is up to you— but OUYA will soon be sending out a software upgrade which will enable support for USB flash drives so you can expand storage yourself.

It looks like OUYA will try to compete on the lower-end of the console market with this release coming right after the release of the PlayStation 4 and before the Xbox One’s release.

Source: OUYA

Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA [Arcade & Action]

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Back in April, we reviewed HeroCraft’s Strategy & Tactics: World War II, and they recently released a new version called Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA. It’s essentially the same exact game. HeroCraft is calling it an add-on, for the World War II edition, but you don’t need to have it installed on your device. It’s actually a continuation of the first game.

The only real difference with this edition is the locations and the fact that it’s a fictitious war. It takes place during the Cold War with tensions mounting as Russia is looking to end Capitalism. An atom bomb drops in Beijing, which sets this war into action. You will also find two alternative campaigns.

If you enjoyed the World War II edition, you will love USSR vs USA because gameplay is the same. It’s very much like Risk, but turned up a notch. It’s about taking over countries, but you will be dealing with soldiers, vehicles, and planes. You won’t find any explosions in this game, it’s pure strategy. It’s about making decisions based on the strength or weakness of your soldiers. Do you divide them and attack from different locations or keep them together? Probably a little of both.


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Asphalt 8 Now Free on Google Play

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Asphalt 8 is widely regarded as one of the best racing games on Google Play, with intense gameplay and great graphics. Normally that kind of game comes at a price, but it was only $0.99 at launch. Now, however, Asphalt 8 is free to anyone who wants it, and they can get it straight from Google Play.

There are of course purchases that you can make within the app for new cars and things like that, but those are not required of you, and you could just as easily get away without spending a cent.

The idea behind making the game free was essentially that Gameloft, the creators of Asphalt 8, wanted everyone to be able to play, even those that thought that spending $0.99 on an app was too much. You can find the QR code and link to the app after the break.


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Marvel’s Thor: TDW official game hits Google Play in time for theatrical release

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Thor: The Dark World, Marvel’s latest superhero movie, will be opening next week, so it is only fitting that a companion app has been released. Thor: TDW – The Official Game hit Google Play today, letting players take on the forces of Malekith and the Dark Elves in the action-arcade game with RPG elements.
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NVIDIA SHIELD updated to bring Android 4.3, plenty of additional enhancements

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NVIDIA’s SHIELD handheld gaming console has received a software update to bring a slew of fixes and new features. Behind the scenes, SHIELD has been bumped up to Android 4.3. But first and foremost, the device now has access to support thousands of additional Android games. That was one of the issues plaguing SHIELD –lack of choice. Also, GameStream has left the beta phase. Hit the break for the rundown of the update.
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NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood

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In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.

Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.

Source: Engadget