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 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.
Last month we saw what appeared to be the NVIDIA Shield successor (or Shield 2) clear the FCC, but now we are seeing a device hit the Global Certification Forum (GCF) that is being referred to as a notebook / tablet. The speculation is that the Shield 2 would be a combination of a tablet and a controller.
The FCC filing we reported on last month only mentioned the wireless controller, and sported a model number of P2570 (original Shield is P2450). There is also another FCC filing that reveals a tablet with a model number of P1761W, and it appears that this is same tablet that has crossed the GCF. The GCF certification refers to it as the Shield Tablet.
During Google’s keynote presentation for Google I/O 2014 yesterday, one of the demo videos shown to the audience highlighted some of the new graphics properties that will be available to developers in Android L. The video shared a little rivalry that put on display the graphic tools that will be available via the Android Extension Pack. To help highlight the potential, Google enlisted the aid of Epic games and their Unreal Engine 4 and NVIDIA with their Tegra K1 processor which is a 64-bit processor. Be sure to check out the video below to see how close Android will be getting to matching desktop level DirectX 11 graphics.
Recently, an FCC filing hinted at NVIDIA releasing a Shield 2. What else would NVIDIA be doing with an FCC filing that resembles a handheld gaming console? Now reports out of France claim that NVIDIA’s Shield 2 would be globally released next month on July 22. Similarly, the original Shield was released at the end of July 2013.
The Shield 2 is expected to feature NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor.