The Nvidia Shield family continues to expand, the most recent developments being the tablet and the wireless controller. The Shield Tablet is clearly aimed at gaming although Nvidia says that normal users or non-gamers will also find the device useful. The wireless controller in the Shield family along with the tablet is being pegged as the next level of gaming.
The Shield Tablet has been hailed by many as the best gaming device being powered by Android. The tablet can be connected with as many as four controllers simultaneously. The tablet has an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels. It has HDMI which can route an output of 4K. The Shield Tablet is loaded with an Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC, front facing stereo speakers, a 16 GB storage capacity for the Wi-Fi variant and 32GB for the LTE variant. The front and rear cameras are both 5 megapixel capable of HD recording. At 390 grams and only 9.2 mm thick, the Shield Tablet is substantially portable. The tablet has a headphone jack, a micro USB, Mini HDMI 1.4a, a stylus slot, micro SD card slot, 802.11n 2×2 Mimo 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and a SIM card slot in the 32GB LTE model with LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM and EDGE connection.
The Shield Controller is a wireless gaming gadget that is an imperative purchase with the Shield Tablet. Retailing at a tad less than sixty bucks, the controller is sturdy, has a cool design and is indeed a joyride. With no wires, no lag and comfortable buttons and keys, the wireless controller is a great addition to the Shield inventory. The Wi-Fi Direct feature of Nvidia has always been hailed for its low latency which further helps the controller’s responsiveness. The controller also comes with an integrated microphone that allows you to open apps, games and movies, to play songs and you can also ask questions.
The Shield Wireless Controller has a built-in stereo headphone jack and microphone, micro USB 2.0 for charging or wired game play, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with voice chat support, dual analog joysticks, D-pad, left/right analog triggers, left/right bumpers, A/B/X/Y buttons, volume +/- buttons, Android Home and Back buttons, start button, NVIDIA power/multi-function button, capacitive touch pad with button and rechargeable battery.