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Old July 30, 2013, 09:01 PM
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NVIDIA's SHIELD has been teased for months and now launch has finally arrived. Is it everything NVIDIA promised? Can it break out of its predetermined Android mold? You bet!

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Old July 31, 2013, 07:05 AM
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Thanks for the review. It's interesting that reviewers are pretty enthusiastic about the Shield even though most people don't understand up front who the target audience of it is.

Personally I find the concept pretty appealing, but unfortunately I'd have to buy both an NVIDIA card and (I think) a suitable router.
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Old July 31, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Believe it or not, I'm pretty excited about this thing because of what it represents rather than what it can currently do. I find PC gaming is suffering because it isn't accessible. Like I said: to many people PC gaming typically involves going into a computer room instead of kicking back on a couch. SHIELD allows for the best of both worlds without the need for a dedicated HTPC.
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Old July 31, 2013, 07:22 AM
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I think that the Shield is an overkill for TV gaming. If I want to stream PC games to a TV I'd rather pay $100 for an Ouya or GameStick style device, with weaker hardware and no screen.

I do think that the PC's future for gaming is as a server. Imagine being able to take advantage of all these CPU cores and SLI setup by streaming games to multiple devices in the house and possibly outside it.
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Old July 31, 2013, 07:26 AM
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I don't think Ouya can stream PC games currently. I know there were some demos but it lacks a sufficient wireless backbone for continual HD streaming.

Gamestick is pretty much in the same boat since it is an Android-only device for the time being and it can't stream from external consoles / PCs.
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I'm not saying that these devices can do it, just that this is what a game streaming device should be like. Shield may be the only device which can currently stream PC games robustly, but it's still a serious overkill for that.
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Maybe...but maybe not. Even for streaming 1080P + 5.1 videos, you need a seriously robust wireless backbone. That's where the SHIELD's MIMO module comes in handy since it can optimize network traffic.

What I'm saying is that an all-in-one device like this hasn't existed yet.
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But wireless is pretty much what's needed. You don't need a powerful CPU or GPU, lots of RAM or storage space.

The Shield is not even the most convenient form factor. A device which is permanently hooked to a TV and has a wireless controller would be better than the Shield, since its controller will wiegh less and there wont be need for a cable from the controller.
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I'm definitely going to pick one up. (Although I'll probably wait until the streaming bugs are a bit more ironed out.) Basically, this is the perfect device for streaming PC games while lounging around the house. Not to mention, the ability to turn it in to a portable emulator box via Android is extremely enticing. Playing old NES/SNES games on a phone/tablet sucks, and I'm not a huge fan of the DS. So having another mobile device with a console controller, and one running Android to boot, is always welcome.
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Interesting review, I see someone really doesn't like zombies?
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