Nvidia Countdown, Quest Points to Upcoming Shield
According to Nvidia, the "Ultimate" is coming. In fact, it will be here in just over three days thanks to Nvidia's countdown timer found here. The page doesn't provide any additional details; there are no Easter eggs to find. The only possible clue is hanging in the background as wallpaper, which could be a close-up shot of a tablet's rear plate.
This Ultimate countdown timer arrives as Nvidia announces the "Ultimate Quest," a tweet-based text adventure written by interactive fiction editor Emily Short. This game is basically an advertisement tool for a "mysterious" new product, spanning across five days. Players who manage to finish the quest will receive the unnamed new product.
"It's a five-day saga that will bring players across a dystopian urban landscape in search of a power that will change the world. This will be an adventured to challenge the most skilled gamers," says Nvidia's announcement.
Gameplay will take place on a website that features illustrations by Silvio Aebischer (Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee and Iron Man 2). A new episode will unfold each day from July 18 to July 22, the day Nvidia's new product will be revealed. Gamers will need to play every day, as pieces of the story will reveal how players can interact with the game on the next day.
To play, simply head here and log into your Twitter account. "There will be a variety of social activity tagged with #UltimateQuest on Twitter, with @NVIDIAGeForce driving the conversation. If you get stuck anywhere along the way, go to @Ultimate_Qs and see what kind of tips you can dig up,” says Nvidia's announcement.
Players can only beat the game on the last day, the announcement states.
So what is this new product that Nvidia will reveal next week? Probably the Shield Tablet. The device is expected to have a 7.9-inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, a Tegra K1 processor with a 192-core GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The tablet may also include a 7MP camera on the back and a 4.8MP camera on the front, along with Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity.
Whatever Nvidia has up its sleeve, we'll find out what this new product will be next week, so stay tuned.