The lights are on
Nvidia has dropped the word "project" from the name of its Tegra 4-powered Android handheld, announcing that pre-orders for the device will begin in less than week. The price is just a little higher than we were expecting, though.
The Shield will cost interested gamers $349. Nvidia should be concerned about the price points for the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox, especially since the Shield cannot natively run games like a Surface tablet or Razer's Edge (both of which are also considerably more expensive). Instead, the Shield will use its own app store (called TegraZone) and the Google Play store.
Nvidia is hoping to hook owners of its GeForce GTX video cards by offering the ability to stream play from the PC to the Shield. Nvidia is also hoping that the inclusion of Double Fine's Broken Age and Costume Quest in the TegraZone library will show support from developers and garner consumer interest. Whether that market is big enough (or interested enough) remains to be seen.
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This is going to crash and burn about as fast as the Nokia N-Gage did.
Why would I stream a PC game to this handheld, when I could play it on my computer instead?
Wow, way to high of a price for this. Maybe if it was about $150 less I might think about it. If I really wanted a controller attached to my tablet I would just duct tape one onto my Nexus 7 and save myself at least $100.
Still not sure what this is meant to accomplish. It streams games from my PC, so I have to connect to a Wi-Fi signal? Well that ain't happening outside of my house. Which means I can use my PC instead, and get the bigger screen, better sound, and proper keyboard/mouse controls.
Guess I'm not in it's target audience.
The Wii U Deluxe is $370 right now. If I had almost $400 to spend, that would be the first thing on my list. I don't know why anyone would spend $350 on a handheld that plays android games. I can play android games on my Kindle Fire. They suck. At least I can read books and browse the web on my Kindle too. In fact, if you care so much about playing android games, spend $200 on a Kindle Fire and you're all set. Then when you finally understand that Android-based anything is crap, you still have a device that can do something other than play crappy games!
I was never interested in this thing but even if I was, there's no way I'd pay that price
If they get a good line up of games maybe down the road when the price drops I might get one.
Well, I called it. I predicted this would be the most expensive portable system, and it handily matched my prediction.
The programmer on my dev team, however, wasted no time in pre-ordering it. So we'll see how it goes. I hope it does well, but again, I think the industry and consumer trends are moving away from console gaming right now, and this year is seeing the release of more platforms at once than any single year in gaming ever. Even the crowded 2nd and 5th generations were more spread out than this.
ok the price point kills the product point blank, plus with the new consoles coming out they picked a bad time to try and sell it. I for one would have to sell everything I own just to get one let alone a new console. I could not give enough blood in order to pay for something like that.
This is why a marketing department needs to talk to their planned demographic purchasers BEFORE deciding on how much and when, or at least do their homework first. They will be lucky they sell these systems at all with that price, or there are a lot of idiots out there, and I am guessing on the latter.
Like everyone else....I will most certainly pass.
I've always said that the only handheld I would want is one that is basically a controller with a flip up screen. But now that it's here.... meh. $350 for that? No thanks.
Streaming your local PC games is a dumb trick. Make a portable that can PLAY digital PC games - maybe link it to a Steam Account - and we'll talk. As far as Android consoles go, the Ouya is leagues more promising than the competitors like Gamestick and Shield here. If any of them will be successful and disrupt this "megapublisher-driven mire" we're in right now, it'll be Ouya.
Nvidia; this was a weird thing you did. If - when - it sees a massive price drop, I may pick one up just for the "holy c**p you have one of these?!" factor. I still regret never picking up a Neo Geo Pocket Color after the GBC decimated it; they were all over Electronics Boutique for super cheap for a few months. Oftentimes packaged with, like, six games! WHAT A FOOL I WAS!
My wrists hurt just thinking about keeping that screen level.
Are they kidding?
The design on that thing looks terrible. And I'd never pay that much for something I'd have to stream from my PC. And I have a Radeon card anyway because I'm not a huge PC gamer (I mostly use it for older PC titles and emulation).
And what's the point of having the Tegra 4 and 16GB of flash onboard when it doesn't even hold games locally? Something's wrong in that press release. Surely it can hold some games.