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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The thing is that I don't feel the need to play my PC when I'm away from home (unless I just bought a new game or something like that). There are plenty of interesting things in life that you can do away from your PC. That's why blowing your money on something like this seems really stupid.
At the moment the TegraZone store has hardly anything. They have some good games on there but there's not much that is too appealing to me. That on top of the $349 price tag is ridiculous. I don't expect consoles to cost much more than that and I know I will get a lot more enjoyment from a console than this.
That seems like an excessive price. Regardless, I'm not really interested in any of these...second-world, if you will, systems. I would rather focus my gaming time on the major systems (Wii U, PS4, Xbox Fusion or whatever they call it) then these. Don't get me wrong, if I got into indie development the Ouya would be great, and I'm sure the GameStick and Shield have their benefits, but it isn't for me.
It has a Tegra 4 cpu on it, thus the price being what it is. People pay more than that for tablets that have way less power. For what I would use it for and that would be streaming my games I would never use the power of the CPU on the device. So most likely I will not get the device either unless the price drops.
Was really interested in this... but man is that beast costly.
If it works alright, then sweet.
For $349 I think I would buy a 3ds, zelda, fire emblem, resident evil, mario world, star fox, and like another $50 of virtual console games to keep myself entertained when away from my PCs/consoles.
I rather save that for PS4 instead.Thats way over priced for a xbox looking remote with a screen on top.Kindve looks like a portable dvd player.
Cant you get an Ouya and a decent small LCD TV for that price? When I saw the headline I was thinking the price was between $149 to $199 or something (which is still more than I would pay for something like this). Mobile tech is becoming obsolete at an even faster rate than console hardware right now. This thing will only be relevant for MAYBE 6 months before the latest and greatest comes out.
Can we all come back here six months after this thing launches and all just laugh together about what a fantastic failure it was?