NVIDIA HAS LAUNCHED the Nvidia Shield Tablet, a handheld device aimed at the gaming market.
Best known for its graphics chips, Nvidia announced the launch of the 8in gaming tablet on its blog with a post entitled, "Gamers deserve a tablet that can do more."
The Shield Tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 chip that has been smashing benchmark test records, and includes a holstered stylus, which the firm claims is accurate enough for "serious artists".
The Tegra K1 chip has 192 dedicated graphics cores that the company proudly points out are identical to the ones used in Tesla supercomputer accelerators.
It is not known what version of Android the Shield will run at launch, but Nvidia has confirmed that it will have full Google Play support with over-the-air updates.
The device comes with a wireless controller that the tablet pairs with out of the box, with support for up to three more. Sound is provided by Nvidia Pureaudio and the online gaming community Twitch is integrated into the operating system.
Gamestream will allow users to play up to 400 specially configured games from the cloud, as well as games from the tablet.
Pricing starts at $299, with full specifications to follow. Owners of previous generations of Nvidia tablets will be able to join in too, thanks to an over the air update due next week that will add wireless controller support, Shield Hub cloud store and Netflix HD access.
We were lukewarm on the last Nvidia tablet, which was marketed by the Dixons Group in the UK as the Advent Tegra Note 7, because of its build quality, but Nvidia is promising that the Shield a powerhouse, so we'll see if it delivers. µ