NVIDIA’s Shield game console is expected to launch in May. But like any gadget with wireless hardware, it has to pass through the FCC before it can hit store shelves.
And that’s just what it did… this week an NVIDA device described as a “Complex Set-Top Box” showed up at the FCC website.
If this is the NVIDIA Shield (and I’m not sure what else it could be), it looks like the model number for NVIDIA’s first game console will be P2571.
That’s about the only new thing I could learn from the FCC listing. NVIDIA has been pretty open about other details: The Shield console will feature an NVIDIA Tega X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, a micro USB port, an IR port, and Google’s Android TV software.
It can handle 4K video and 7.1 channel audio, comes with a wireless game controller, and the box will sell for $199. NVIDIA will also offer optional accessories including a Bluetooth remote control and additional game controllers.
While the NVIDIA Shield will be one of the first devices to ship with a Tegra X1 processor, that’s not the only thing that makes it special.
In addition to supporting Android games from the Google Play Store, the Shield will be able to stream PC games over the internet from NVIDIA’s GRID cloud gaming platform (which lets you buy individual titles and/or pay a monthly subscription fee for access to a library of games) or stream games from a PC on your home network using NVIDIA GameStream technology if you just want to play games in your living room instead of your office/bedroom/wherever you keep your gaming PC.
The only thing is that I don’t think I want a console when my Shield tablet can already stream games and it’s portable. That’s the main reason I hate bulky consoles like the Xbox One.
Yes, I was hoping for a Shield tablet with X1 chip! But I dont think that will happen anymore…
From here a short time there will be tablets, consoles, tv box, with:
ARM 64-bit 8-12-16 Cores running at 3GHz
8-16 GB RAM
Accessible SSDs with good storage capacity.
So you will be able to choose any operating system without fear.
Maxwell GPU and Android – not want – neeeed.
Have another look at how much memory bandwidth it has, then compare it to a 30 euro graphics card. Still excited?
If you could point me to the $170 computer which I could plug that $30 graphics card into I’d be more interested in your point. That is assuming a few other things.
1. The $30 card has not just better memory bandwidth but overall better performance and is as quiet.
2. The computer has reasonable enough performance and is also as quiet.
3. The computer comes with an OS which requires near zero maintenance or mucking about from me. If I need a keyboard and/or mouse to do anything with this OS then please also include them in the $170 cost. Not that I necessarily want to be messing around with a wireless mouse and keyboard on the couch when I’m just trying to play a game or watch a movie.
I frankly think I could actually get pretty close if not actually on target building my own box and running some variant of Linux on it. I’d throw in the possibility of a refurb Win7 box of some kind and putting Win10 on it for free when it comes. But literally nothing I’ve found by way of that idea would be quiet. Even basic processors had noisy fans and noisy psu fans not so long ago.
The Shield, assuming it performs as advertised, isn’t a bad purchase at all for the money I think. Though it certainly depends on your use case.
Directly comparing memory bandwidth is not very useful, as Maxwell is more memory efficient than past architectures. Just compare the AMD GCN 1.2-based R9 285 to the Maxwell-based GTX 960. They perform similarly in games (the GTX 960 performs a little better in most cases), but the R9 285 has 176 GB/s of memory bandwidth while the GTX 960 has 112 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Your 30 dollar card is probably an even older architecture than GCN 1.2 that has even higher memory bandwidth requirements.
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