NVIDIA SHIELD – it isn’t a Handheld Xbox
I know I’m a little advanced in age to be a gamer… I guess most people that look at me wouldn’t guess that behind closed doors I’m likely to be found yelling at my screen, controller in hand, completely lost in battle. I’m a huge fan of first person shooter games, and dabble in just about anything else that even looks remotely entertaining. Yup, I’m addicted.
Xbox, Playstation, Wii (gasp) Have them all, but what about handhelds, shouldn’t they have a place in our hearts by now? Check out Nvidia’s Shield, a brand new handheld console, that at first glance, looks like surprisingly like an Xbox controller. This handheld has a 5-inch attached multi-touch flip screen, is wifi enabled, has high quality speakers and it runs on, um.. Android? Okay, in all fairness, the Shield ships with access to Google Play and Sonic 4, TegraZone, Rearmed and some other stuff like Hulu Plus. It also allows some Windows games running on a compatible PC to stream to your device via your local network. But I ask you all, is it enough?
The Nvidia Shield comes with a pretty hefty price tag, around 350 bucks, but I’m not exactly sure where the Shield fits in. There are certainly cheaper dedicated handhelds like the Vita, we already had Sony’s Remote Play and we run Android on our phones. I’m also not sure I love the analog joystick placement, and yet, why do I feel like I must have one?
So, if you find yourself similarly inclined, and a 350 dollar price tag doesn’t deter you, Nvidia has already started taking pre-orders for the Shield with what is expected to be a June release date. I don’t expect there will be a huge rush to the stores, but just maybe the Nvidia Shield will bring Android gaming to the next level… what do you think?