According to a report by BBC, a leaked image by Twitter user @evleaks, and three slides acquired by VideoCardz, Nvidia is working on a Shield micro-console that will run on Android and a Shield gaming tablet.
According to BBC’s report, the Shield micro-console will run on Android and will have a “budget-priced” controller to use it. It is Ouya-like in functionality and it also has the ability to stream PC games to your TV through HDMI. This feature is done through Nvidia’s GeForce Experience system; a feature that is found only in Nvidia’s higher-end graphics cards. The console is fitted with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip. A spokesman for Nvidia also said to BBC that they have an “awesome new gaming product that is launching soon”, likely referring to this.
Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, leaked the image for the Shield tablet. The tablet looks similar to Nvidia’s Tegra Note tablet with front-facing cameras and front-facing speakers. The three leaked slides from VideoCardz also showed the tablet’s specs. According to the slides, the tablet has an 8-inch 1920×1200 pixel IPS display. Both the front and rear cameras are 5 megapixels, and the tablet comes in two variants : 16GB and 32GB. The 32GB variant will have LTE, while the 16GB variant will only have WiFi. The tablet will have a battery with 10 hour battery life for HD video playback, a mini HDMI port, Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip and 2GB of RAM. While the tablet is tailored for gaming, it will also include a stylus called DirectStylus 2. To take advantage of this stylus, the tablet will come preinstalled with apps like Write, Evernote, JusWrite, and multi-language handwriting recognition.
One of the slides also revealed specs for the controller for the Shield microconsole. It will connect to the Shield tablet and the original Shield through WiFi Direct connectivity and it has a Micro USB 2.0 port to recharge its battery pack and to play with the controller wired. The controller has elements of the DualShock 4, such as multi-touch capacity touch pad and a headphone jack.
The slides indicate that the 16GB and 32GB versions will sale for $300 and $400 and the controller will go for $60. On July 29 the tablet will become available in the U.S, though European gamers must wait until August 14.
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