Nvidia is certainly not pulling any punches. Today the company announced 2 important items of note: A new Android powered game console, and a game streaming service called Grid.
The Shield game console is powered by the company's Tegra X1 processor, and is the first set-top box that is 4K compatible. The new Tegra X1 processor is truly a powerhouse, and the company's CEO and cofounder Jen-Hsun Huang states has more power and is twice as the Xbox 360. Shield will also run Android TV. The $199 asking price for the new Shield console will net you a sleek compact gaming console, a rechargeable remote with a headphone jack for private listening like the Roku 3, and a controller that boasts 40 hours of battery life.
Sound pretty awesome right? Being an Android powered console begs the question though, How powerful can it be graphically? It runs Crysis 3 without a hitch. according to Engadget: "More than just Crysis 3, NVIDIA's lining up other partners to port major games to Android -- specifically, to its own Android box. Doom 3: BFG Edition, Resident Evil 5, The Talos Principle, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance and Limboare joining Crysis 3 as native Android titles running on Shield. Randy Pitchford, president of Borderlands studio Gearbox Software, announced that Borderlands 2 andBorderlands: The Pre-Sequel are also on their way to Shield.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the Shield's accompanying controller as a device designed for hardcore gaming, capable of running up to 40 hours on a single charge. And NVIDIA says this is just the beginning: Expect more non-Android games to make their way to the company's surprisingly powerful set-top box. We'll have more news from NVIDIA as the week goes on."
So where will your fancy Shield console get all these games? Nvidia also announced Grid, a game streaming service promising top-tier titles like The Witcher 3, Crysis 3, and more streaming at 1080p @ 60 frames per second. The Verge reports "Nvidia's head Jen-Hsun Huang promises the service — which is backed by Nvidia Grid supercomputers worldwide and Amazon Web Services — can stream at 150ms, or "half a blink of an eye." The service will launch in May alongside the new Nvidia Shield home game console. (It's not clear Grid will be available on anything but Shield at this point.)
Nvidia will offer two tiers. The free subscription service has 50+ games, while the premium will reportedly let you buy titles à la carte (we spotted Batman: Arkham Knight in the store on-screen store for $59.99). Huang says many titles will be on the service day and date with their release. Some of the free titles we could see in the press conference demo include previous Batman games, Alan Wake, and a lot of Lego."