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Nvidia Shield Tablet Gets Android Lollipop Update, Half Life 2 EP1 and GRID 58

MojoKid writes Nvidia's Shield Tablet is only a few months old, but Nvidia is already updating the device with a freshly minted OS, a refreshed Shield Hub and access to the company's newly upgraded GRID Game Streaming service. A number of new Tegra K1 optimized games are arriving as well, as well as a new game bundle which includes Half Life 2 Episode 1. The SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop update will feature Android's new "material design" interface and improved app performance, according to Nvidia. The update will also come preloaded with a new version of Nvidia's own Dabbler drawing and painting app (Dabbler 2.0). In addition to a new interface inspired by Lollipop's design language, Dabbler 2.0 will offer full support for layers and it'll allow users to share their sessions over Twitch. Previously, accessing the Nvidia's GRID beta meant streaming games from a GRID server cluster on the west coast, but Nvidia is expanding the service with server clusters located in Virginia, Europe and Asia. For the best possible user experience, streaming games from the cloud must incur minimal latency, and adding more servers in strategic locations not only affords Nvidia greater capacity, but minimizes latency as well. Nvidia says the GRID service will be available in North America this month, Western Europe in December and Asia sometime next year. The company's GRID service gives gamers access to 20 top titles currently, including Batman Arkham City, Borderlands 2 and Psychonauts, among others, and Nvidia is planning to add new games every week.
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Nvidia Shield Tablet Gets Android Lollipop Update, Half Life 2 EP1 and GRID

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  • by ArcadeMan ( 2766669 ) on Thursday November 13, 2014 @02:55PM (#48380753)

    And their new GeForce GTX 980 graphics card is really fucking amazing!

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Thursday November 13, 2014 @03:04PM (#48380829) Homepage

    For the best possible user experience, streaming games from the cloud

    is a dumb idea?

    Sorry, but why would I want to stream the damned game every time I play it?

    No, I like the model where I download once, and ideally can play while my tablet is in airplane mode. In fact, any game I can't play in airplane mode gets deleted.

    I wonder how many people are interested in this tablet, or if it's likely to be a complete failure as everyone things "who cares?".

    • It's like Netflix for games. If they can get it to stream everything good and it's decently priced, I wouldn't mind checking it out.
    • I have the tablet. It's well built, bloat free, gets quick updates, has a tablet, has a good screen, is very fast, and is sized just right for me. Maybe it's not for everyone but I love mine. It IS a little pricey but I feel like I got my money's worth, which is the important part.
    • by aliquis ( 678370 )

      It's a service with lots of games.

      But mostly it render games over at the Nvidia Grid so you get games which look better than what the Nvidia Shield could render itself.

      So if you have no PC to run the games with and stream from yourself this is the solution.

      As long as lag is acceptable or if there was none I think it's just perfect to use processing in the cloud rather than have the capacity at home but most often not use it.

    • by smithmc ( 451373 ) *
      Whether you like the idea of streaming games or not is immaterial. It's not as though you can't play downloaded games as well, and also, at least IMO, it's a pretty solid tablet regardless of where the games come from.
  • Short review (Score:4, Interesting)

    by novitk ( 38381 ) on Thursday November 13, 2014 @03:15PM (#48380925)

    Had it for a month, comparing to Galaxy Tab...
    Positives: usable stylus for $300, fast, speakers, minimial bloatware
    Negatives: drains battery pretty good even when idle(can't survive 2 days for me), slow charging from PC USB port, glitches in Write stylus app

    • I'm considering one, the con's you list aren't that bad for me since I'd probably use it as my "around the house tablet" and take my Tab if I'm going to be out and about where I couldn't charge it as needed.

      I probably wouldn't expect good battery life while playing games and such anyways.

    • I have one and haven't had the battery problem you did. Maybe yours is defective? The USB port charging is fine and mine idles for about a week (but then I have nothing running in the background).
    • by aliquis ( 678370 )

      I haven't had one.

      1) Best in class hardware (computing) performance, really only Apple Air2 come close/beat it in reality it seem - that one cost ~67% more though.
      New Nexus9 seem have about equal graphics performance but be weaker in the CPU department.
      AFAIK the screen is supposed to have a narrow range of colors it can produce though which is bad. Also I wish it was 10" rather than 8".

      2) The controller at first impression feel like it have less quality than the Xbox One especially but in actual usage it's

  • Getting the Half Life 2 Episodes is just heartbreaking.

    It's like somehow the double reverse inverse(or something) of the Star Wars prequels. They're really REALLY good... but leave you hanging. You're actually better off acting like the Star Wars prequels and just pretend they don't exist.

  • I'll probably start to pay attention to their android offerings

    Which probably means never. But hey...

    As an aside, I now predict that this post will rapidly be replied to by at least 3 or 4 commenters who will attempt to argue that eclipse is infinitely better than Netbeans, either completely unsubstantiated, or positing only subjective points of comparison, and if I weren't mentioning it here, it would also be replied to by at least one 'insentive clod' remark by somoebody who uses vi. The latter may

  • Always was rather fond of it --- owned by Corel now?

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