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NVIDIA has just announced a new milestone for their GRID streaming service; full HD game streaming at 60 frames per second. The latest SHIELD Hub beta incorporates the higher resolution feature, and it’s expected to roll out to all devices by the end of May. Read more
An unnamed device from NVIDIA received certification in South Korea just yesterday. The device is believed to be the successor to the company’s SHIELD Portable that was released in 2013.
The acquisition of Icera in 2011 will go down as a bust for NVIDIA unless the company scores big with the possibility of a sale. On Tuesday, NVIDIA revealed that it would be halting operations of the Icera division that produces modems. The original acquisition of Icera was meant to integrate high-speed connectivity into Tegra processors. The Tegra 4i, launched in 2013, was the first processor from NVIDIA and Icera to have an integrated modem. Competition from Qualcomm and Intel has effectively pushed NVIDIA out of the business. Moving forward, the company will look to “parter with third-party modem suppliers” as it explores selling the entire division or its technology.
NVIDIA will report its first quarter earnings on Thursday.
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NVIDIA made a huge splash when they announced the SHIELD TV, which is an Android TV set-top box on serious steroids. Priced at $199, NVIDIA is clearly going after other consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However with only 16 GB of storage, that won’t satisfy the hardcore gamer.
Sure, you can attached a USB drive to it, but built-in storage is just plain cleaner. It looks like NVIDIA has realized this need because they are now showing a 500 GB version on their site, which is priced at $299. That’s $100 more than the basic 16 GB version.
The Nvidia Shield Portable has been around for a quite a while now, so it should come as no real surprise to learn that Nvidia is planning to release a new version of the device with updated hardware and firmware.
NVIDIA’s Grid service allows gamers to stream PC games to a Shield device from anywhere. It differs from GameStream in that NVIDIA provides the host computer, so you don’t actually need a gaming computer to handle the processing. Up until now, that service has been free for anyone, but that looks like it’ll change in the coming months. Read more
The set-top streaming box market is already pretty crowded, with nearly every manufacturer offering some kind of streaming dongle or device. NVIDIA has been a holdout, but now they’ve announced a new Shield device designed specifically for streaming content to your television. The company already utilizes streaming technology with their portable Shield devices, so this move makes perfect sense. Read more
Owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet should start noticing a popup to install an update with minor enhancements. Labeled version 2.2.1, this hotfix improves areas such as the display and video streaming.
The update includes the following according to NVIDIA:
- Display color-space correction
- Improvements to Netflix experience
This weekend, there is a little bit of an incentive to purchase the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. Amazon has the tablet in both WiFi and LTE variants available at their usual prices, but a $30 gift card and free games are included. The three games included at no extra cost are Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2, and Portal. So, combining the gift card with the free games, consumers taking advantage of this deal will save north of $100.
Amazon has not specified the end date for this promotion.
Source: Amazon [WiFi model] [LTE model]