Nvidia Project Shield - Now just $299 - Is it now too tempting?

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Bill Loguidice
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Man, now that Nvidia's Project Shield lowered its pre-order price (release any day now) to $299, I'm tempted to get it, particularly since my new desktop meets the requirements for PC game streaming. It's a tough call. Anyone have any thoughts?

My main concern with the device is that it will be difficult to use the Android side for touchscreen stuff because of the positioning on the screen of the controller (it's a small screen too), so it will be exclusively for Android games that support a controller. I already have a large Galaxy Note II smartphone and a controller dock (with more on the way) that handle that portion, with more devices coming (I get to preview devices from a certain company). Really, what I'm looking at this mostly for is the PC Streaming, which will only be in a beta state for a while. Obviously there will be a few optimized Android games that take advantage of this new Nvidia chipset, but those games typically don't get my juices flowing, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, the $299 is certainly a good value if you have the right PC, which I do, but I'm just not sure if I'm ready to pull the trigger...

Here are some links:
News story about price drop - http://www.maximumpc.com/awordfromoursponsors?destination=article%2Fnews...

Official Site - http://shield.nvidia.com/

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Bill Loguidice
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Mark Vasier wrote:
What is the status of the Vita actually? Over here in the Netherlands it basically has no shelf life whatsoever. I was expecting it to pick up a little or gain some shelf life now with the PS4 around the corner but it hasn't. Over the months I have been tempted to pick one up as I like the build quality and they seem to have gotten the controls down perfectly, but the meagre support over here in the Netherlands makes it a very risky business as I would like to have physical copies of the game carts and not go digital download only.

Dismal everywhere except Japan, where it's a solid second to the 3DS. It *may* pick up some sales when the PS4 hits, say, sometime in early 2014, since you can stream 100% of all PS4 games on it either on your home network or over the Internet, but it's quite possible that such a cool feature (combined with the value of the free monthly games with PlayStation Plus) may be too subtle of a value proposition for the general market. Frankly, with that feature, and since you'll want a PlayStation Plus subscription with the PS4 anyway, I think it's all but a given one would want to get a Vita as well. We'll see how much of a "halo" effect the PS4 does indeed have.

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What is the status of the Vita actually? Over here in the Netherlands it basically has no shelf life whatsoever. I was expecting it to pick up a little or gain some shelf life now with the PS4 around the corner but it hasn't. Over the months I have been tempted to pick one up as I like the build quality and they seem to have gotten the controls down perfectly, but the meagre support over here in the Netherlands makes it a very risky business as I would like to have physical copies of the game carts and not go digital download only.

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Bill Loguidice
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Nvidia Shield Delayed Until Next Month Due to 'Mechanical Issue'

Good thing I didn't pre-order!: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/26/nvidia-shield-delayed-until-next-...

I still like it and would potentially want one, but it will need some pretty compelling reviews and fully in-place game streaming from PC before it makes sense. At least the PS4 *should* stream nicely to my Vita later this year...

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I read few reviews - hands on from E3, i have 3 main problem with this device:
1. Shape and weight, i prefer 320g archos gamepad shaped device, not this badly transportable, non ergonomic brick with fan.
2. Small display, Archos Games has 7" display which is on edge of acceptance, Shield have 5" display which is simple too small, for example for Warcraft 2 in Dosbox.
3. Price, same as PS3 / new Xbox360 price, i would expect 3g and adult PS Vita like games. Adult console (PS3,Xbox360) games, should be ported also on this device, with this device performance is quite possible. This is only matter of time, when such ports will appear.. but i think, that i would take 2 more years. Nvidia isnt strong enough to force developers do it now, they havent big install base and without games and.. install base, will not come.. => Endless cirle of fail. Nvidia need to invest very big ammount of money to lineup, or it will be only toy for few rich geeks.

To todays Android games, i easy could same no, because we have Carmageddon port, Expandable port, Bards tale,Kotor.. and Baldurs Gate and Walking dead on way + and nothing.. only emulator games, which could be emulated on other device with lesser price. Todays best Android and iOS games are as Modern Warfare 4, Shadowgun, Dead trigger arent simply good enough. I dont belive that small price of Android games could be used as enough strong argument for but. Yes you could argue with price of such HW strong of phone, but this is additional, optimal device.. phone is neccesity (even powerfull, because today you new browser in phone, map is phone, email client, youtube in phone, is expected even at work and by you friends).

So next generation maybe, but this will be fail, if Nvidia didnt already sectretly spended lots of money for line up.. Exacly same case as Ouya, where is additional problem with poor performance (terga 3, 8gb). Not right time, not right setup and business plan.

If you have lots of money, why not, you could have:
+ very smooth framerate in games
+ great display angle
+ great stereo sounds
+ great battery duration
+ Steam games streaming, if you have powerfull Geforce card in PC and good wifi
+ smootheroverall device usage
than in case of crapply supported and manufactured Archos or GameMid devices (yes, i saw Marks review of this device), where is something normal usage nightmare (browsing, e-reading, video playing), but shouldnt believe that it will be some mainstream platform and success.

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

Mark Vergeer
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I'd much rather go for a cheaper option too

The GameMID that I previewed and reviewed a little while ago (with bucket-load of reads - thanks for that!) is much more interesting as the non Tegra chipsets still offer pretty good value and especially with the HID-standard mapped controls the GameMID has a lot of games just run without the use of any extra mapping software. The JXD S7300B Rob is referring to is of a same category of devices that is very affordable and these devices offer good value for money.

The GameMID offers real analog nubs that aren't soldered in with the d-pad and the JXD S7300B just seems to simulate analog nubs internally - but does so surprisingly well.

Back on project shield:
At that price point and with it probably being difficult to use the touch games on the device the Project Shield is of course very interesting but the PC streaming bit I can really do without. Hardly ever use the feature on the WiiU so probably won't want to do it with my PC games either. Oh and if I did want to pre-order it? well think again as it says:
-Canada
-United States
-Puerto Rico
-Virgin Islands

And no other options available. Which means a lot of internation customers going to the site will find out like I did - often at the end of filling your basket with goodies - that it does not ship to all parts of the world... At least the cheaper Chinese / Honkong branded tablets can be ordered and shipped world wide and with any luck also bought soon locally! Yay!

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Rob Daviau
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The Tegra chipset is nice but besides the PC game streaming which holds zero appeal for me I am still trying to figure out what advantage this has over my current cheap Chinese Android tablet? Both have physical controls even if my setup is dodgy but I think my screen is bigger so not sure $300 is money well spent compared to what I have? And I am a big Nvidia fan but so far not feeling this.

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