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Nvidia Drops Price On Some Video Cards, Enables TV Streaming For Shield

Nvidia has announced price drops on some of its video cards starting tomorrow. The lower costs are a result of the upcoming GTX 780 Ti joining the manufacturer’s product line on November 7, 2013.

The GTX 780 Ti will enter the market at a suggested retail price of $699. This bumps the GTX 780 down to $499 and the GTX 770 to $329. Additionally, these cards (along with 760 and 660) come with free games and discounts on the Nvidia Shield as we previously detailed.

Nvidia has also announced the release of its ShadowPlay Beta (part of GeForce Experience 1.7). This enables a video recording buffer on GTX cards, allowing players to save highlights in H.264 format, upload directly to YouTube, or do post-production work in movie editing software. This is currently only available on desktop models, though Nvidia will be updating the software.

Finally, the Shield handheld is now running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and has some new features. The device can now be connected to a television for Android gaming, web browsing, and movies in 1080p. GameStream will also allow PC play on television via home WiFi to the Shield. You can read our hands-on impressions of the device here.

The Shield retails for $299.

 

Our Take
I was skeptical of the Shield as a handheld, even with the GameStream (neé PC Streaming) feature. The ability to connect it to a television and a bluetooth controller makes it far more appealing, though. If you happen to have an Nvidia card that supports GameStream, the Shield will now serve the same function as a streaming-only Steam Machine. For $299, that might just be worth it for a lot more people.

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