The NVIDIA Shield tablet is an 8 inch Android tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and an emphasis on gaming. It has afull HD display, stereo front-facing speakers, and a starting price of $299.
NVIDIA also wants the Shield tablet to be one of the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop: a software update will begin rolling out on November 18th. But the update brings more than just the latest version of Android.
NVIDIA is also including Half-Life 2: Episode one in the update, as part of a free “Green Box” which also includes Half-Life 2 and Portal. The update also includes support for the new GRID streaming game service.
The company describes GRID as a Netflix-for-games type system which lets you stream games over the internet for a monthly fee… although Shield Tablet and Shield handheld game console users will be able to use GRID on-demand streaming for free through June 30th, 2015.
Since games are rendered on remote servers rather than on the tablet itself, you can play full-fledged PC games including Batman: Arkham City and Borderlands 2. NVIDIA says there are 20 games available at launch, with new titles coming every week.