The Nvidia Shield is a handheld gaming device that runs Android and is designed for gaming and entertainment. You can play all of the games designed for Android and Google Play with 130+ games optimized for the Shield. In addition, if you have a PC with a GTX 660 or above, you can stream games from your PC. I was told that the Shield gets the current Android version within 6 – 8 weeks of it being released and is currently running Jelly Bean. Since it is running Android, you can do a lot more than just play games. From watching movies to navigating the web to running Android apps, and you can either use the joystick, d-pad, or the touch-sensitive screen. The only downside is that there is no camera so you can’t use it as a webcam or take pictures with it.
I joked that if it could make phone calls, many would probably want to use the Shield instead of their current Android phone. It felt solid when I used it, the controls were easy to use, and the graphics were excellent.
The Nvidia Shield has 16 GB storage and sells for around $299. For more information and videos head on over to Nvidia’s website.
Nvidia Grid is a hardware system designed by Nvidia specifically for cloud gaming.
Most cloud systems have 150 ms lag time which makes it hard to quickly react, especially in fast-paced games like first-person shooters. Grid has 5 ms which is practically indistinguishable from playing the game on your own computer. They accomplish that by having their own PC hardware with a unique GPU and video encoder/decoder. They’re able to have more users per computer, use less electricity, and need fewer people to maintain than other cloud systems.
The ramifications of Nvidia Grid are important for cloud gaming and cloud computing in general. Gaming cafes that have a higher need for security, colleges that have classrooms mainly running the same 1 or 2 programs, handheld devices that can put the power of a desktop computer in a portable form. You don’t have to worry about people installing spyware or modifying the operating system or generally messing around with the computer, because it’s impossible.
Then there’s the convenience and cost effectiveness since you don’t need to buy new computers every couple of years and then go through the hassle of making sure each computer is the same. Then making sure no one can mess with them and fixing them when they break down. It’s a big hassle and putting it all on the cloud makes it much simpler.
For more information on the Nvidia Grid, head on over to their website.