An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.
Here is what the update includes:
- Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
- Improved camera performance
- NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
- Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
- ShadowPlay performance optimizations
- Localization improvements
- Audio optimizations
- Misc. stability improvements
Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.
NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.
Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.
Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.
NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 has been making some noise lately while being featured in the Shield Tablet and Acer’s new Chromebook 13, but it’s so yesterday since it’s only 32-bit. Today, NVIDIA announced the 64-bit version at the Hot Chips Conference, which makes it the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.
A new drool-worthy Chromebook was just announced by Acer. The Acer Chromebook 13 will be the first ChromeOS device to wield a Tegra K1 processor and with it, boasts a 13 hour battery life. There are two variants of the Chromebook with a few options to choose from.
A major update to NVIDIA SHIELD, now apparently known as the SHIELD Portable is rolling out, as version OTA 5 Release 82. With the update, users will be able to hook up a SHIELD Controller through newly-implemented compatibility, as well as manage Controller settings through the official SHIELD Controller application. In addition, the SHIELD Hub application is now available, which replaces TegraZone. Also, improvements to GameStream and Netflix HD streaming support is included.
A full changelog after the break.
Source: GeForce Forums
As expected, NVIDIA took the wraps off of the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller. Let’s start with the tablet. It sports an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) IPS display, a Tegra K1 processor (with 192 GPU cores), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 128 GB of storage, 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, front-facing stereo speakers, HDMI 1.4a out, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE / HSPA+ (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile). What’s also interesting is that the tablet supports 4K out to your TV, but in order to keep the pricing competitive, they opted for a 1080p display on the actual tablet.
We know an NVIDIA Shield tablet is on the way, and it looks like it’ll be announced sooner rather than later. A set of leaked images and information points towards the gaming tablet being announced on July 22nd in time for a late summer/early fall rollout to consumers.
According to the images, the Shield Tablet will indeed be a powerful tablet paired with a wireless controller instead of the all-in-one package we got with the original Shield device. The tablet sports an NVIDIA K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1200 8-inch screen, and a 5 megapixel front-facing cam. The 16 GB model with WiFi only will run $299, and the 32 GB, LTE-enabled version will cost $399. Either option should be more than capable of handling even the most demanding games available on Android.
A legitimate gaming tablet could be on the way later this year. The image above is allegedly an upcoming tablet from NVIDIA. It is currently being called the Shield Tablet. What we are looking at today is a tablet that has a built-in gaming hub. This gaming hub list sections covering a store, news, Android games, and PC games. The most interesting part of all of this is that games like Half-Life 2 and Portal are present in a subsection of the store when looking for compatible games with a controller. This essentially confirms what we heard previously that NVIDIA’s Shield successor could be a pairing of a tablet with a controller.
We have seen evidence of a NVIDIA branded controller clearing the FCC that could work with a tablet that recently cleared the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The controller may still work with the tablet, but the BBC is reporting that NVIDIA is readying some sort of gaming console that will have a separate controller.
This gaming console would connect to your TV via HDMI, and is expected to be powered by NVIDIA”s own Tegra K1 chip. It will not only play Android games, but it will also stream PC games to the TV as well.