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.
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.
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]
NVIDIA’s Shield gaming tablet has only been in the market for about seven months, but its successor is already looming on the horizon. Reported to contain the Tegra X1 chipset, an upgrade from the current K1 chip , the next generation of the Shield tablet will likely improve upon its predecessor by most metrics.
No only is Samsung ditching Qualcomm in favor of their own homegrown Exynos processor with the Galaxy S 6, it appears Samsung is primed and ready to dominate the application processor (AP) market this year too.
Samsung has already enjoyed a considerable AP business with the likes of Apple, but this year Qualcomm and NVIDIA will be jumping on board as well. Wait a minute! Qualcomm? The very company that Samsung snubbed is now going to be a major customer to them?
This evening, NVIDIA held its press conference for CES 2015 to announce the new Tegra X1 mobile superchip. The processor contains various components that make it a powerhouse. Alongside the eight-core 64-bit CPU are 256 cores for the GPU. It supports 4K video at 60Hz.
The Tegra X1 is based on the Maxwell architecture that was announced only four months ago. This is down from the two years it took NVIDIA to transfer Kepler architecture, its predecessor, over to mobile in the form of Tegra K1.
The new mobile superchip remains energy efficient despite its cutting edge performance. NVIDIA showcased its strength and efficiency by running a demo of Unreal Engine’s Elemental. The engine is equal to what is found in high-end PCs and today’s gaming consoles.
NVIDIA compared Tegra X1 with Tegra K1 and Apple’s A8 and found there to be little competition. Tegra X1 performs better than both, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang explained, by blowing the A8 “out of the water.”
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Patent lawsuits in the mobile industry are nothing new, and Samsung is surely one of the more prominent initiators of said lawsuits, as mostly evidenced by its ongoing volley against Apple, which Apple returns in kind.
Nvidia has begun rolling out a relatively important stability update to all variants of its Shield Tablet. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table, it merely transports “improvements for the general user interface and application responsiveness”, but we’re not complaining as it shows that the manufacturer is committed to making its device the best it can possibly be.
As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.
2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end.