Nvidia's Shield Handheld Gets "Console Mode"

Nvidia's Shield Handheld Gets "Console Mode"

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The Shield's "console mode" allows users to hook the device up to a TV and Bluetooth controller and use it like a console.

Nvidia's $300 Shield Android-based handheld has just received a substantial system update, offering, among other features, a "console mode". To enable Console Mode, users connect their Shield to an HDTV via HDMI and pair it with any Bluetooth controller. You can then enjoy the handheld's library of games on the big screen from the comfort of your couch.

And if you get tired of playing Android games, today also marks the arrival of Nvidia's "GameStream" streaming service. GameStream, which is of course compatible with the new console mode, allows users to stream games through the Nvidia Shield to their television set at 720p, 60fps. Nvidia plans to support 1080p sometime later.

The service only supports around 50 games, including the recently released Batman: Arkham Origins and the soon-to-be-released Assassin's Creed IV - Black Flag. Furthermore, to take advantage of GameStream, you'll need a PC with a GeForce GTX 650 card or better.

Call me cynical if you will, but this sounds like Nvidia has simply put the Shield's capabilities on-par with a really long HDMI cable. In fact, it's worse than the long HDMI cable option, as it only works with 50 games! I still think $300 is way too expensive for a device that only plays Android games, no matter how fancy its streaming capabilities are.

Source: Nvidia via Gamespot

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Well it also plays every game on every platform up to PS1.

It's a nice device, definitely sweeter than PSP. But yea, it would deserve better games than just emulators and the Angry Birds.

Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

These aren't new features added to the Shield recently. These are core features of the Shield that have existed since PAX East this year. If they're only just now working, nVidia has bigger problems.

TacticalAssassin1:
Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

Settle down there, fella. Unless you're John nVidia, founder of th nVidia Empire, there's no sense getting worked up over this.

Personally the Shield is way too clunky and ugly looking for me, even if it was reasonably priced (which it's not).

Sgt. Sykes:
Well it also plays every game on every platform up to PS1.

It's a nice device, definitely sweeter than PSP. But yea, it would deserve better games than just emulators and the Angry Birds.

Well the PSP had Persona 3 Portable, while Nvidia shield does not. Therefore, regardless of library other then Persona, PSP is still the better handheld :\

Mcoffey:

TacticalAssassin1:
Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

Settle down there, fella. Unless you're John nVidia, founder of th nVidia Empire, there's no sense getting worked up over this.

Maybe he is just angry at what he sees as Bad Journalism?

Thats a valid thing to get worked up about. I get worked up about Bad Journalism every time I read the paper.

Nikolaz72:

Mcoffey:

TacticalAssassin1:
Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

Settle down there, fella. Unless you're John nVidia, founder of th nVidia Empire, there's no sense getting worked up over this.

Maybe he is just angry at what he sees as Bad Journalism?

Thats a valid thing to get worked up about. I get worked up about Bad Journalism every time I read the paper.

I must be missing something here. The only thing I can find that implies "bias" is the journalist's opinion at the end.
And I'd argue that's the only thing keeping the article from sounding like an advertisement for the Shield.

Or is this just more bickering over the quality of journalism because all articles on the Escapist are apparently tainted by some sort of unspoken Original Sin?

Nikolaz72:

Mcoffey:

TacticalAssassin1:
Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

Settle down there, fella. Unless you're John nVidia, founder of th nVidia Empire, there's no sense getting worked up over this.

Maybe he is just angry at what he sees as Bad Journalism?

Thats a valid thing to get worked up about. I get worked up about Bad Journalism every time I read the paper.

I feel like context is everything. It is understandable to gave gotten worked up when Fox painted the Occupy movement as lazy, freedom-hating terrorists. It's a bit silly to be that upset when, at the bottom of an otherwise fairly impartial newspiece, a journalist mentions their take on some video game hardware. It's just not that big a deal.

TacticalAssassin1:
Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

All journalistic articles have a 'slant' or bias built in. And I agree with the above that the only real bias is the opinion at the end of the article. Which is firmly couched as an opinion.

I don't much like these Ouya copies. Or the Ouya in general. So really I could care less. I don't know what Mojo/Ouya/Shield is all about at this point.

TacticalAssassin1:
Getting really sick of these shitty, biased articles, Escapist.

A single paragraph at the end of an impartial article that's clearly an opinion does not a biased article make.

OT: I still think the console itself looks hilarious. I wonder how many they've sold.

Wait... if people need to pair it with a Bluetooth controller, doesn't it defeat the purpose of it being... you know... a controller for Android?.

Also, if you already own a GTX 650 or a Titan, wouldn't it be better if you simply connect your PC directly to your telly to enjoy 1080p at 60 fps?.

I don't see the purpose of this thing at all, considering I can already play most of the games I want in my phablet (it's a shame I can't play Aquaria in it :( ).

 

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