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Nvidia Shield Console Announced at GDC Along With Titles
In an attempt to penetrate the console market, Nvidia has announced Nvidia Shield Console. Nvidia’s new machine supports 4K capture and playback and will release with over 50 games on the Grid Store. Angular in design, Shield Console is the first to boost Nvidia’s Tegra X1 CPU and uses Android-based OS.
Looking at the controller, it reminds me of the one that came with Xbox 360, Nvidia surely took some inspiration from Microsoft’s design. Games can be streamed or run locally via the Grid Subscription service in 1080p 60Fps, but the device also supports Google Play.
According to Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang:
“What we need is a great store, well, Google Play will have thousands of games. We created a store to curate the best of the best games, the ones designed for Shield.”
Some notable titles coming to the console are:
Dead Rising 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Half Life 2: Episode 1
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Metal Gear Rising
The Witcher 2
Saints Row IV
Batman Arkham Origins
Alan Wake: American Nightmare
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Batman: Arkham City
Batman Arkham Asylum
Street Fighter X Tekken
Game of Thrones and more
On the back of the console, there are two USB 3.0 ports, MicroUSB, GigaBit Ethernet, HDMI Out and a MicroSD card slot. The slot will surely be used as the device only comes with 16GB of storage space. However, it can be expanded to 128GB via a MicroSD card.
As for the GPU, Nvidia Shield Console comes with a 256 bit Maxwell with 3GB of system memory and a price tag of $200.