This years Games Developers Conference has revealed some big announcements, including Nvidia’s  newest member of the ‘SHIELD’ family. The SHIELD console is set to rival the best selling consoles, with some ultra high specs and the GRID gaming system.





The specifications of the SHIELD console include Nvidia’s own Tegra X1 processor. The X1 is the ‘Super chip’ of all mobile processors, with a beastly 8 cores to back it up. The full specs of the Tegra X1 are listed below:

GPU NVIDIA Maxwell 256-core GPU
DX-12, OpenGL 4.5, NVIDIA CUDA®, OpenGL ES 3.1, and AEP CPU 8 CPU-core, 64-bit ARM® CPU
4x A57 2MB L2; 4x A53 512KB L2 VIDEO H.265, VP9 4K 60 fps Video
4k H.265, 4k VP9, 4k H.264 POWER 20 nm SOC – TSMC
Isolated Power Rails, Fourth-Generation Cluster Switching DISPLAY 4K x 2K @60 Hz, 1080p @120 Hz
HDMI 2.0 60 fps, HDCP 2.2

While only being a 16GB console, Nvidia offers it’s all new GRID gaming system. With GRID, you can stream games directly onto your big screen without downloading and installing it. The feature is currently integrated into the SHIELD tablet and SHIELD handheld console, but doesn’t offer a huge range of games at the current time. The service is free until the end of June this year, where there will be a monthly fee to make use of the service; think of it as a Netflix for games.


Nvidia believe this console will contend with big names like the Xbox One and PS4, due to the exclusive features on the machine, as Nvidia’s CEO said at the GDE:

“First, it’s based on the most popular OS in the world. Second, the richness of the Google Play store, with it huge range of applications. Third, it syncs with all my other devices. Finally, it has an incredible voice search capability”. CEO of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang

The tablet is set to release in late 2015, at $199 (not including controller, Shield remote or console stand)

The full specifications of the SHIELD can be found below:

Processor NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 processor
256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM
Video Features 4K Ultra-HD ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
Audio 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI
High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz over HDMI and USB
High-resolution audio up-sample to 24-bit/192 kHz over USB
Storage* 16 GB
Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet
HDMI 2.0
Two USB 3.0 (Type A)
Micro-USB 2.0
MicroSD slot
IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
Software Updates SHIELD software upgrades directly from NVIDIA
Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID game streaming service
NVIDIA GameStream
Power 40 W power adapter
Weight and Size Weight: 23 oz / 654 g
Height: 5.1 in / 130 mm
Width: 8.3 in / 210 mm
Depth: 1.0 in / 25 mm
Operating System Android TV, Google Cast Ready

See more of the SHIELD at the Nvidia website

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Theo Chapman

Theo is the youngest member of the Start Replay team. He has been gaming ever since he and his brother, Joel, got their hands on a PS2 during Christmas of 2003. As a fan of single-player adventures such as Uncharted and all of the Telltale series, he mainly sticks to story-filled titles to dig into for review, but won’t say no to the occasional game of Fifa. Shoot him a message through his email if you’d like to get in contact.

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