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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Releases K1-Powered Shield Tablet & Controller

    NVIDIA announced this morning their new Shield Tablet and Shield Controller. The new Shield Tablet is a $299 Android tablet that's great for gaming and is mighty powerful with using the Tegra K1 SoC...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc0Njc

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    As powerful as this maybe, why would anyone get it? No seriously, why? Is there an Android game that struggles on your tablet/phone? Is there a game worth a damn on Android/iOS? Also what are you going to do with a tablet that has it's gamepad separate? It's not even portable, hell it's not even as portable as a laptop. Where you going to prop up the tablet while holding the controller? You would need a table or something. How portable is that, compared to a laptop which you just stick on your lap.

    They should have integrated the controls into the tablet. Honestly they should just dump ARM and go x86 somehow. I could buy any $300 laptop and install Linux on it, and get more gaming out of it then this. Don't matter how more powerful the K1 is.

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    • #3
      If most of the usage scenario is sitting on a table to play or linking to a TV, might as well just ditch the tablet form factor. An android console (running the upcoming android L TV UI) with the same hardware should be substantially cheaper (no screen and battery) and perform better due to less thermal throttling.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
        Is there an Android game that struggles on your tablet/phone?
        https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ware.halflife2
        https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...oftware.portal

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
          As powerful as this maybe, why would anyone get it? No seriously, why? Is there an Android game that struggles on your tablet/phone? Is there a game worth a damn on Android/iOS? Also what are you going to do with a tablet that has it's gamepad separate? It's not even portable, hell it's not even as portable as a laptop. Where you going to prop up the tablet while holding the controller? You would need a table or something. How portable is that, compared to a laptop which you just stick on your lap.

          They should have integrated the controls into the tablet. Honestly they should just dump ARM and go x86 somehow. I could buy any $300 laptop and install Linux on it, and get more gaming out of it then this. Don't matter how more powerful the K1 is.

          And that is was less portable then the Pandora or Pyra, those sticks aren't going to last long getting bounced around the backpack or car as that not going to fit in anybody's pants pocket.

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          • #6
            OMG Half Life 2 and Portal. Games built on 10 year old game engine. No crummy $300 laptop couldn't play those on PC. And unlike the Nvidia version, it doesn't require Nvidia hardware on PC.

            Originally posted by Kivada View Post
            And that is was less portable then the Pandora or Pyra, those sticks aren't going to last long getting bounced around the backpack or car as that not going to fit in anybody's pants pocket.
            The point is that you could build the controls onto the tablet, like how the Wii U does it. The implementation mabye bad in that example, but the point is it's not portable if you have to carry two devices around and requires a table to work it. The only other control to do something that stupid was the Virtual Boy.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
              Where you going to prop up the tablet while holding the controller? You would need a table or something. How portable is that, compared to a laptop which you just stick on your lap.
              Why would a laptop fit on your lap, but this tablet, with an inbuilt stand that has a position exactly for that purpose, not?
              Did you even watch the video or had a look at their website?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
                No crummy $300 laptop couldn't play those on PC.
                You asked specifically about tablets and phones.

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                • #9
                  i will most probalby buy it.

                  actually i wanted to buy the upcoming acer icnoia a1-840 FHD which is only 200 euros and has the best for the money.
                  though i'm willing to pay 100 or maybe more for not being an intel, for 35% longer lasting battery and as far as i know nvidia was very good at providing updates.

                  though i must admit i was strugling with myself to give any money to nvidia remebering their lies and exclusiviness about tegra and tegra2, how they tried to split the market.

                  400 euros for 32GB memory and LTE is an offer. overall seems a better offer for me than the upcoming nexus 9 which will need some month more to come here.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by md1032 View Post
                    You asked specifically about tablets and phones.
                    Tablet and phone only games. Anyone who wants to play those games aren't going to do it on tablets or phones. You'll find a 10 year old PC and play it on that, or for that matter ANY PC.

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                    • #11
                      i will definitely buy it

                      ohh, wait... i just opened window and pigs don't fly, not to mention hell is not frozen either. android gaming device with small screen and made out of 2 parts to be portable... what will they think of next? i can just imagine NVidia R&D in this situation
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arCITMfxvEc

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                      • #12
                        The point is that you could build the controls onto the tablet, like how the Wii U does it
                        You mean like the original Shield?

                        Apparently it was not successful enough for them to revamp it with the k1, and a higher res screen.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
                          Tablet and phone only games. Anyone who wants to play those games aren't going to do it on tablets or phones. You'll find a 10 year old PC and play it on that, or for that matter ANY PC.
                          I don't know whatever you're retarded or not but of course there are no game for tablets which won't run on a tablet.

                          That would be a rather stupid thing to design don't you think?

                          Now if the tablets could run more demanding games would such games be made? Yes.

                          If the tablet can't run them would they? No.

                          By your logic you can't find a NES game which don't run well on the Nintendo Entertainment System so you could just as well be done with it because obviously nothing better is needed.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                            Phoronix: NVIDIA Releases K1-Powered Shield Tablet & Controller

                            NVIDIA announced this morning their new Shield Tablet and Shield Controller. The new Shield Tablet is a $299 Android tablet that's great for gaming and is mighty powerful with using the Tegra K1 SoC...

                            http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc0Njc

                            Speaking of the K1, Michael, any chance we'll get that power consumption test with your tk1 board?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MoonMoon View Post
                              Why would a laptop fit on your lap, but this tablet, with an inbuilt stand that has a position exactly for that purpose, not?
                              Did you even watch the video or had a look at their website?
                              Ever put a tablet on your lap? They are unstable as hell due to the small size of the stand and location of all of the weight. Compare that to a laptop, where the bulk of the weight is in the bottom section which is just as large as the light screen making it far more stable.

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