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why all the hate for the Nvidia Shield?

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June 28, 2013 8:19:08 AM

all around the internet all is see is people bashing this device. im not here to defend it by any means, but what is so wrong with it? i mean at a glance it does everything that fancy Galaxy S4/S3/Note(2) or HTC One or any other overpriced phone or tablet does, but a substantially cheaper price point (most high end android devices run for like 400 and up). i just now got to where i even considered buying a smartphone, and it was a prepaid tmobile Galaxy s II. it plays android games, but it just doesnt feel right. the only game i like playing on it is Final Fantasy III.

and at the moment its priced 300 dollars so it sits up their at full console prices. he thing looks cool, and with stuff like the ouya, mad catz console, and the gamestick, there could be more support for this kind of device on the way.

the feature that intrigues me tho is the pc streaming. the kainy app (which seeing as this is a android device, will work on the shield... hopefully) does this on all android devices that are powerful enough (which my sII is not... it was a laggy nightmare), but the thought of a feature dedicated to this built and backed by nvidia, that really intrests me. with the resources they have they could make the device so much better at streaming as time goes on. i personally would love to sit back and relax while playing pc games instead of being hunched over my keyboard all the time, but thats just me. we have a ps3, xbox 360 and my gaming pc(s) at my house. i have a PS VIta and a 3ds, so naturally i just feel like this is a no brainer, but i still dont feel as if i could fully justify dropping 300 for this device. im just afraid it could be like my vita purchase all over again, but it would have a much larger library of games available to it day one then the vita did.'

what are your thoughts on this device?



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July 12, 2013 6:56:02 AM

wikipad is MUCH better and cheaper and is good for gaming , for more info , visit the following site :
www.wikipad.com
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July 13, 2013 7:31:29 AM

multimzain said:
wikipad is MUCH better and cheaper and is good for gaming , for more info , visit the following site :
www.wikipad.com


i like the idea behind the device. you can make it into regular tablet and attach to it's controller to play games. while it might be better than Shield it is still based on Tegra 3 SoC. The Shield is based on nvidia latest Tegra 4 SoC. personally i dont play much android games so i'm more interested with Tegra 4 tablets. i might replace my Nexus 7 when T4 based can get into much cheaper tablet line ups.

about android games i was hoping nvidia will be able to get much better games to android space especially the premium one. one recent example was The Conduit for android. you game got tegra enhancement (for tegra device) and no IAP within.

http://phandroid.com/2013/03/15/the-conduit-hd-now-avai...
http://phandroid.com/2013/03/27/the-conduit-hd-ouya/
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July 13, 2013 9:04:40 AM

renz496 said:
multimzain said:
wikipad is MUCH better and cheaper and is good for gaming , for more info , visit the following site :
www.wikipad.com


i like the idea behind the device. you can make it into regular tablet and attach to it's controller to play games. while it might be better than Shield it is still based on Tegra 3 SoC. The Shield is based on nvidia latest Tegra 4 SoC. personally i dont play much android games so i'm more interested with Tegra 4 tablets. i might replace my Nexus 7 when T4 based can get into much cheaper tablet line ups.

about android games i was hoping nvidia will be able to get much better games to android space especially the premium one. one recent example was The Conduit for android. you game got tegra enhancement (for tegra device) and no IAP within.

http://phandroid.com/2013/03/15/the-conduit-hd-now-avai...
http://phandroid.com/2013/03/27/the-conduit-hd-ouya/


but i still dont see a big difference between tegra 3 and tegra 4 , plus the wikipad does not only focus on gaming , they focus also on quality of build and other uses like watching movies , making skype calls and usage in work too .
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July 13, 2013 12:03:10 PM

multimzain said:

but i still dont see a big difference between tegra 3 and tegra 4 , plus the wikipad does not only focus on gaming , they focus also on quality of build and other uses like watching movies , making skype calls and usage in work too .


hard to say right now because tegra 4 device still not coming out. but based on the spec alone tegra 4 will be a whole lot faster than tegra 3 both in cpu and gpu. game wise the raw power provided by tegra 4 should be able to handle graphic enhancement that is not possible with tegra 3. you can see the potential of tegra 4 here:

http://gfxbench.com/result.jsp?benchmark=gfx27&order=&d...
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July 14, 2013 6:45:48 AM

ive looked at both and i have to say im still personally leaning more towards the shield. if im going to through anywhere above 200 out on a gaming device, im not going to buy "last gen" tech, which tegra 3 will be upon the release of the shield. plus the shield looks cool, tho i will check out the Playstation Mobile aspect of the Wikipad. thats a tad intriguing in it self. when i was younger i had always wanted on of those Playstation smartphones lol
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July 14, 2013 7:39:39 PM

GeneralJim25 said:
ive looked at both and i have to say im still personally leaning more towards the shield. if im going to through anywhere above 200 out on a gaming device, im not going to buy "last gen" tech, which tegra 3 will be upon the release of the shield. plus the shield looks cool, tho i will check out the Playstation Mobile aspect of the Wikipad. thats a tad intriguing in it self. when i was younger i had always wanted on of those Playstation smartphones lol

first of all , you can optionally download ps mobile for your android device using the internet
second of all , the looks arent every thing , it is the performance , and as i can see that there is no big difference beteween both the wikipad wins , as it is an all in one device that can be used in so many ways
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July 14, 2013 11:49:05 PM

multimzain said:
GeneralJim25 said:
ive looked at both and i have to say im still personally leaning more towards the shield. if im going to through anywhere above 200 out on a gaming device, im not going to buy "last gen" tech, which tegra 3 will be upon the release of the shield. plus the shield looks cool, tho i will check out the Playstation Mobile aspect of the Wikipad. thats a tad intriguing in it self. when i was younger i had always wanted on of those Playstation smartphones lol

first of all , you can optionally download ps mobile for your android device using the internet
second of all , the looks arent every thing , it is the performance , and as i can see that there is no big difference beteween both the wikipad wins , as it is an all in one device that can be used in so many ways


There will be large gap between tegra 3 and tegra 4 in terms of performance. Right now it might be the two perform similarly in real game situation. But other than tegra 4 other company also coming out with much faster gpu (adreno 330 in upcoming snapdragon 800). With this developer will have much powerful hardware to take advantage of for their future titles. When NOVA 3 comes just comes out it is one of the most demanding android title that many smartphone/tablet cannot run the game. Tegra 3 was almost 2years since it comes out. If gaming is your primary concern then going for device with much faster hardware might be better choice at this point. I'm not saying the wikipad is bad or anything like that. It's simply the tegra 3 processor is really that old already. Personally between the wikipad and shield i like the wikipad concept more. Hopefully they will keep making one with much hardware inside in the future.
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