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Nvidia Shield 2 Shows Up in Benchmarks

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Late last year there was talk that Nvidia was already working on its second-generation Shield handheld system. That's not surprising; the company has a new chip to dazzle the mobile world with – the Tegra K1 – and the Shield seems to be the company's official launch vessel. Word on the street is that we just might see the new handheld at E3 2014 in June.

Rumors of the Shield 2 is now backed by an appearance on the AnTuTu benchmarks. According to the chart, the device packs the quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 chip with 192 CUDA cores (Kepler). The original has the still-speedy Tegra 4 chip with 72 GPU cores.

AnTuTu also reveals that the new Shield has a screen resolution of 1440 x 810, 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 0.3MP camera. The original SHIELD has a 1280 x 720 resolution, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The first-generation console also does not have a camera.

The Nvidia Shield 2 appears to be running Android 4.4.2 "KitKat," the same version that's running on the current Shield model. Unfortunately, that's it for specs, yet that little bit says a whole lot about the power this unannounced console will provide. There's a good chance the screen size and controller design may remain untouched in the second model.

Nvidia launched its Shield handheld gaming console back in July 2013. The device is essentially a console game controller with a 5-inch touch-enabled tablet for a lid. Just open the lid and you're ready to go with some serious Android gaming and PC game streaming. The best titles are those that are enhanced for Tegra chips and those that cater to the Shield's controller.

The Nvidia Shield received a huge update at the beginning of April, including out-of-home GameStream, enhancements to Gamepad Mapper tool, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support in Console Mode, plus Android "KitKat" version 4.4.2. There were also "dozens of additional tweaks and changes."

"If you're concerned about leaving your PC on all day, or leaving it unsecured without a password, new GameStream enhancements enable you to use Wake On LAN to remotely turn on your system, and to enter your Windows password with the on-screen keyboard. If you have a strong LTE connection, you can even connect to your phone's personal hotspot and stream PC games while on the go," states the GeForce site earlier this month.

To see what else is new with Nvidia's SHIELD, head here.

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    outlw6669 , April 23, 2014 5:33 AM
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    Come on nVidia, at least bump the resolution up to 1080p. This is supposed to be a device for gaming enthusiasts.


    Why would it need to be?
    A 5" screen at 1440 x 810 is already pushing 330.44 PPI.

    The resolution is more than good enough; I could even argue that the old 5" 720p screen was more than enough as the controller keeps it from being held so close to your eyes.

    Pushing unnecessary resolutions does nothing but lower your performance and drop your battery life.
    Keep it reasonable guys!
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    osiris11235 , April 23, 2014 12:18 AM
    Come on nVidia, at least bump the resolution up to 1080p. This is supposed to be a device for gaming enthusiasts.
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    abbadon_34 , April 23, 2014 2:36 AM
    so what is the damn score?
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    Datcu Alexandru , April 23, 2014 2:58 AM
    Looks decent. Would like a slightly bigger screen though.
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    Te3k , April 23, 2014 3:57 AM
    What's the point of a Shield? Just buy a Moga, and strap the universal controller to any Android device. If you've already got a phone with a decent screen and enough power, then you wouldn't need two devices. A Moga would work with any Android phone, and when you upgrade your hardware, you take your Moga with you. If your phone's not good enough, then why not upgrade it instead of buying a Shield? It makes so much more sense. We've already got an Android device. We don't need another; we just need a solution for gaming on the one we have. That's where external universal controllers come in.
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    Datcu Alexandru , April 23, 2014 4:31 AM
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    What's the point of a Shield? Just buy a Moga, and strap the universal controller to any Android device. If you've already got a phone with a decent screen and enough power, then you wouldn't need two devices. A Moga would work with any Android phone, and when you upgrade your hardware, you take your Moga with you. If your phone's not good enough, then why not upgrade it instead of buying a Shield? It makes so much more sense. We've already got an Android device. We don't need another; we just need a solution for gaming on the one we have. That's where external universal controllers come in.


    You get a shield for the PC remote gaming. If you buy a Shield to play Android games you are wasting money.

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    Murissokah , April 23, 2014 5:26 AM
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    Come on nVidia, at least bump the resolution up to 1080p. This is supposed to be a device for gaming enthusiasts.


    Big turn down there. I suppose that's because they can't guarantee decent 1080p streaming yet, but that's really no excuse.
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    outlw6669 , April 23, 2014 5:33 AM
    Quote:
    Come on nVidia, at least bump the resolution up to 1080p. This is supposed to be a device for gaming enthusiasts.


    Why would it need to be?
    A 5" screen at 1440 x 810 is already pushing 330.44 PPI.

    The resolution is more than good enough; I could even argue that the old 5" 720p screen was more than enough as the controller keeps it from being held so close to your eyes.

    Pushing unnecessary resolutions does nothing but lower your performance and drop your battery life.
    Keep it reasonable guys!
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    john675 , April 23, 2014 7:57 AM
    More pixels means a higher resolution but that also means they need to stream more pixels. Having decent bandwidth is fairly rare.
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    sgrams04 , April 23, 2014 9:40 AM
    In before people bitch about the resolution being small FOR A 5" SCREEN. Oh, no wait. I'm too late. Looks like it's already starting.
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    knowom , April 23, 2014 9:54 AM
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    Quote:
    What's the point of a Shield? Just buy a Moga, and strap the universal controller to any Android device. If you've already got a phone with a decent screen and enough power, then you wouldn't need two devices. A Moga would work with any Android phone, and when you upgrade your hardware, you take your Moga with you. If your phone's not good enough, then why not upgrade it instead of buying a Shield? It makes so much more sense. We've already got an Android device. We don't need another; we just need a solution for gaming on the one we have. That's where external universal controllers come in.


    You get a shield for the PC remote gaming. If you buy a Shield to play Android games you are wasting money.

    While that might be true at the same time the same could be said about buying a PC to game on a Android device.
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    starmajoris , April 23, 2014 10:02 AM
    Yep, it was resolution that made people *not buying* 84" 1080p screens or 110"+ wall projectors to watch BR movies. Moan now because you have only 1440x810 on a 5" screen. (I really, really need 4k on my 10" tablet...)
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    rwinches , April 23, 2014 11:57 AM
    Not buying that gaming on a 5" screen can ever be truly immersive. Especially streamed PC games.

    Try 8" OLED maybe.
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    clonazepam , April 23, 2014 1:50 PM
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    Not buying that gaming on a 5" screen can ever be truly immersive. Especially streamed PC games.

    Try 8" OLED maybe.


    Handheld gaming devices (gameboy) have had consumers captivated for years.
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    blackbeard34 , April 24, 2014 3:03 AM
    Even though I don't go anywhere or have friends and family - a shield would be nice gaming device - but 16 gbs of storage? Come on now why can't we a 200 or 300gbs - in small form factor ssd. As it is right now aside from not having a gaming laptop - best 'on' the go gaming is with my modified pspgo or maybe in future a smart phone. But before that maybe a gaming laptop - data plans are still to expensive and so are smart phones - you would think price would come down with as much cell phone saturation as there is.
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    Triakel , June 24, 2014 11:44 AM
    Before criticizing the Shield's capabilities, I suggest spending a few hours with one. The current model is excellent for a first-generation device -- good ergonomics, good screen, and great performance on both Android and streamed PC games. The current Tegra 4 is solidly constructed and overclocked, so comparing it to a smartphone paired with a MOGA is useless is good gaming is your objective (the Shield is much faster and resolutions are much better on Tegra-optimized games). I agree the screen should be bigger (maybe another 1-inch diagonal), but not much bigger. It's also a bit heavy, but not so heavy I haven't been able to game comfortably for 2-3 hours at a time. Biggest disappointment for me is the cramped 16 GB storage, which was plenty on Jellybean (when coupled with an SD card), but it not enough after the Kit Kat update. Resolution is quite good for this size display, and I would great prefer fluid motion (I have yet to encounter choppy frame rates) to "retina" resolution that sucks power and frames. If you want 1080p, buy a BT controller and plug the Shield into your flat screen TV. Done. If that's not good enough, expect incremental improvements in subsequent generations. The basics are already covered, and I expect to see imitative devices, esp. once the Steam Machine platform gets off the ground. I use my Shield almost daily and now consider it an indispensable part of my gaming life. Seriously, playing PC games this way is a blast, and a great alternative to sitting at a desk. I will likely upgrade to Shield 2 at some point, but remain very satisfied with my Shield 1.
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