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Nvidia reduces price of Nvidia Shield to $199. Adds Gamestream outside of home

#1AceandLotus88Posted 3/25/2014 12:45:44 PM
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-shield-kitkat-4.4-update-price-drop-remote-gamestreaming,26382.html

Nvidia today at GTC shared some exciting news for current Shield owners, as well as an enticing offer to try to attract new buyers.

Shield will see a temporary price drop down to $199 through to the end of April, reflecting a $50 price drop. Shield originally launched in July 2013 at $299. Nvidia didn't share whether or not the price will go back up to $249 after April, but those who have been eyeing up the Tegra 4-powered portable will now have a lower barrier to entry.

Nvidia's also introduced a few new features to Shield that will be rolling out by early April as a part of the upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4.2. One big change is that now Shield owners will be able to GameStream from their Kepler GPUs not just from their home networks, but anywhere. The new version will allow gamers to use Wake on LAN and Remote Login to get their portable gaming going. Gamers can also stream from their notebooks as well, though the use case for this will be a bit more unique given that the host machine itself is portable.

We asked Nvidia what the bandwidth requirements are for a decent experience, and we're told that a 5 Mbit upload is one of the key ingredients. Mirroring that, of course, is the data connection for the Shield, which in theory should also be on a 5 Mbit download. Latency will likely be the biggest wildcard of all. Nvidia's also added new controls for Shield owners to set maximum bit rate and frame rates independently when on Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Also a part of the KitKat update is a new GamePad Mapper UI that will better allow Shield gamers to play touchscreen games but with physical controls. There's also new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support for Shield's console mode, which opens up the door for some impromptu big screen gaming setups on your couch.

A new version of TegraZone will also be on the way, improving the interface for gamers to find the games they are looking for. In related game news, Nvidia revealed that Valve has created a version of Portal for Shield. We hope it won't be long before we see that.

Look for our hands-on with the new Shield update coming soon.
#2Xeeh_BitzPosted 3/25/2014 12:59:05 PM
glad I sold the free one I got for $205
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#3AceandLotus88(Topic Creator)Posted 3/25/2014 1:22:03 PM
mhmmm
#4Kokuei05Posted 3/25/2014 1:27:45 PM
Still a rip
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#5anthrax360xPosted 3/25/2014 3:12:18 PM
I know they announced it, but I'm still waiting for shadowplay on my laptop
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#6Blobs_Posted 3/25/2014 3:42:27 PM
Cool
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#7popping4itPosted 3/25/2014 3:43:12 PM
they probably have a warehouse stacked to the brim with these that they need to liquidate asap.

its so sad that a hardware company cant even design something that looks better.

i mean some low tier publisher Tommo were able to make this handheld...
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/08/neo.jpg
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#8AceandLotus88(Topic Creator)Posted 3/25/2014 5:04:25 PM(edited)
Still a rip

What a wonderful opinion.

I know they announced it, but I'm still waiting for shadowplay on my laptop

It'll probably come at April 2nd as well. Considering that they previously mentioned that shadowplay would come to laptops at the end of march, as well as gamestream for laptops. while it's not technically the end of march, it is on April 2nd for gamestream, so perhaps the same logic holds true for Shadowplay.


they probably have a warehouse stacked to the brim with these that they need to liquidate asap.

its so sad that a hardware company cant even design something that looks better.

i mean some low tier publisher Tommo were able to make this handheld...
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/08/neo.jpg

That device looks horrible.
#9popping4itPosted 3/25/2014 5:56:15 PM
AceandLotus88 posted...
That device looks horrible.


why do you go and tell lies?

im not saying its a ferrari but REALTALK. aesthetically for a handheld is excellent and to say otherwise is bordering on blindness.

http://i.imgur.com/9C1MHDn.jpg
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#10Snight01Posted 3/25/2014 7:12:28 PM
Nividia still trying to cash off on the pc crowd with a bunch of useless gadgets and technologies that have been sitting in the lab for years.

Suddenly they are trying to sell 12gb gpus for $3000 and overpriced monitors with gsync. When will it ever end with nvidia?
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