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NVIDIA Project SHIELD is the Wii U Gamepad for a PC

Oh wow. NVIDIA surprised us all today with their announcement of the Project SHIELD handheld gaming device. It features a controller with a 5" 720p flip up screen, and is capable of running Android internally with a fancy new Tegra 4 multi-core processor. It's no slouch computationally.

What it is also capable of, however, is streaming PC games from your NVIDIA GTX graphics carded machine. (I'm sure there's a better way to write that...) Your PC, if equipped with a GTX class graphics card, will be able to stream its display to the device, and the controller will act as a controller for your PC.

This is the Wii U concept, but for the PC. If it works as well as the Wii U Gamepad does, this will be pretty awesome, but I worry that the 5" screen is just a little bit on the small side. In its favour is the fact that it's a 720p display in 5", which means a high pixel density, which is what makes Apple's Retina Display so nice to look at. So it should be a very crisp and sharp looking device.

Pricing has not been announced, but initial availability will be limited to North America, with worldwide rollout afterward.

Source: nvidia

Posted on January 7, 2013 and filed under News.

2 days out from Wii U... Gamepad

Is it a tablet? Is it a controller? No, wait, it's the Nintendo Gamepad!

When Nintendo introduced the Wii U tech demo at an E3 two years ago, many people were confused at first. Is the Wii U a tablet add-on for the Wii? That's the biggest question Nintendo has had to answer as it tries to launch the Wii U.

There are tablets everywhere, now. The ubiquitous iPad, numerous Android products, all have served to raise the prominence of the tablet in consumers minds. Everyone knows what a tablet is. So at first blush it's easy to think that the Nintendo Wii U Gamepad is "just another tablet".

Ironically, while the Gamepad looks like a tablet with controls added to the sides, it is fundementally not a tablet at all. It has a touch screen, but no computing innards. What is displayed on the screen is actually a clever subterfuge, so complete a deceit that you can't believe that this thing isn't really a tablet.

Until you're out of range of the Wii U console.

Then you realize that this glorious device, this technical marvel, this Gamepad thing that you hold in your hands is not a tablet, nor a handheld. It's an incredibly well executed wireless controller with a screen. You have been experiencing the local version of Onlive, streaming a game to your hands, with no latency.  Everything you have been seeing on the Gamepad, interacting with, playing with, has been an elaborate trick accomplished with wireless streaming technology developed with blood, sweat and tears by the engineering teams at Nintendo.

How should you feel at this moment of epiphany? Betrayed, perhaps? This tablet that is not a tablet, this purveyor of all things Mario and Zelda, this companion that sits on the couch next to you, has been unmasked. It is not what you thought it was.

I know how I will feel. I will feel like Nintendo has given me a true next-generation game system. One that does not compete with the others by besting them in specs, but by innovation in experience.

My bold closing statement is this; the Gamepad screen is the first gameplay innovation in the console space since motion control.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Come by tomorrow for "1 day out from Wii U... the games!"

Photo: engadget || Source: Iwata Asks: Wii U Gamepad

Posted on November 15, 2012 and filed under Countdown.

Nintendo Wii U Voice Chat kerfuffle explodes all over Internet

Posted on October 21, 2012 .