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Is the NVIDIA Shield Portable worth 200$ right now?

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July 30, 2014 12:59:00 PM

Hi, I'm typing this from my phone so please excuse grammar. So I was waiting for the new nvidia shield and now it's a tablet. I like the original form better and I am considering buying it. But there are rumors that a new one more like the original is coming and I don't want to buy the old one right before that. So does anyone have any guesses of when it is coming out? Thanks

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July 30, 2014 1:16:06 PM

It works really pretty well, but I personally can't get used to gaming on the smaller screen. I played Skyrim for a couple of days on it, but really yearned for a bigger screen while playing, especially during intense sequences.

It works better than most android devices because of the processor. Most Steam games are ready to play over the game streaming from the PC. Pretty much any game that maps to a 360 controller maps automatically with the controls on this unit.

There's also a console mode by which you can hook this to a TV and play in 1080p with a wireless keyboard and mouse connected. I have not tried this yet, but I do know when you plug in the wireless receiver, you can't power the device at the same time.

It does what Nvidia says it does. It's just not really for me. The larger screen of the new Shield would be great if you didn't have a separate piece of hardware in the joystick. Too bad they couldn't integrate both.

If you don't mind a smaller screen, the Shield portable works great.
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August 2, 2014 7:55:31 PM

The Tegra K1 is a lot more powerful than the Tegra 4.
Therefore:
Tablet > Portable
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August 7, 2014 4:41:19 PM

Victor Johnson said:
The Tegra K1 is a lot more powerful than the Tegra 4.
Therefore:
Tablet > Portable


I know, I'm not a big fan of the tablet form factor for gaming, even with a controller. I'm gonna hold out for the shield portable 2.
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