Nvidia Shield

Nvidia, a name that we have all heard of somewhere along the line. Whether it was through reading the specs of your new computer or going out to buy a graphics card at the local computer shop. The Nvidia company has given us top quality graphics cards and graphics processors from the day they have opened their doors in 1993.Through the years they have grown into a power house that focuses a lot of resources into graphics processor chip development.

However, of late they have decided to take a slight change in their direction. Nvidia has powered all of the big names including Playstation and Microsoft Xbox and now they are stepping up to the plate. Nvidia is producing their first in house gaming console.

The console is a handheld device they named the “Nvidia Shield”.  It is quite impressive in its specifications. It will make use of a 72 core Nvidia GeForce graphics unit coupled with a Quad –Core processing unit. That is a lot of power already but they have decided to go big or go home. Players will get to play their games on a 5 inch 720 pixel retinal quality multi touch screen. The best of all is that this system runs on Android software, Jelly Bean to be exact.

We also found out that the console will be motion sensitive and feature a full gamepad, complete with 2 analogue sticks. This console is definitely not something we have seen from manufacturers so far.

That’s just the issue though. With a flip top screen and a very square form factor, we ask ourselves if this console will be a success upon release. Sure, it boasts a plethora of processing power but will it sell, especially as the Playstation 4 makes its way into stores. Nvidia was quite clever in waiting so long to release their own console, they had this idea for years but they played to their strengths. Being a hardware manufacturer they did not over invest in software and by using Android software they have made saved millions, a very good move.

We look foward to seeing this console in South Africa soon but fear it maybe another “PSP Go” device, hype for a month or two and then it all dies down. However, the flip side to this is that the Nvidia Shield may get them into a new space in the technology market!

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