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Nvidia is touting a new 8-inch, Tegra K1-powered Android tablet as a gaming gadget for hardcore players. The graphics biz said its Shield slab was designed to offer punters high-end games performance on the move, with support for Android games and streaming PC titles when connected to desktops with Nvidia's GameStream tech. …

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Controller?

I might get the controller if it supports other tablets and works nice with other apps/software. I can already stream to a tablet using existing apps quite nicely... so not really keen on being tied into a format.

But if it's available on both, I can see the gaming tablet for those who won't also want other options.

The controller though is win win in most cases.

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The controller is proprietary, according to Nvidia. I may be missing something with this, but I don't get it - it's a quite expensive tablet that largely plays Android games but will also stream from the PC. But if you were going to stream from the PC, wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back of a TV, rather than an 8" screen?

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"wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back of a TV, rather than an 8" screen"

I suppose that depends on whether you're fighting your family for the TV (just like the old ZX81 days...)

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Then buy a second TV instead of a tablet. If there's no room in the house, it indicates a niche in the market for fold-up TVs!

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Or if the main TV is occupied then go use the PC you're streaming from, which likely has a decent size screen of its own.

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> The controller is proprietary, according to Nvidia

Yep, it uses Wifi Direct rather than Bluetooth, so is unlikely to work with anything else.

> But if you were going to stream from the PC, wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back

> of a TV

You can, at least in theory. The tablet has an HDMI port, and a mode that turns the internal screen off and uses the HDMI instead. The game controller has Android navigation keys, and you could connect a Bluetooth keyboard if you wanted to.

Not a gamer, but I'm still tempted to replace my Nexus 7 with the LTE version of this.

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the controller is supposed to support PCs, but for me the "win" is that it works with the current Shield portable. Gives a lot better control options especially when patched into a TV and runnning "console mode" or running my desktop PC remotely.

the ability to "stream" not only games but to run your desktop remotely -even outside your home network- from a tiny portable is all kinds of fun. Don't need much speed to fire off an email that pretends you're home, and you'll never use a 3DS or Vita to do a quick edit to an Office doc (i have one of those tiny bluetooth keyboards) while out and about.

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"You can, at least in theory. The tablet has an HDMI port, and a mode that turns the internal screen off and uses the HDMI instead"

Yeah, but that's what I mean - you're streaming from your PC, to a tablet, which you then connect to a TV via HDMI. Personally,that sounds like a waste of time - I'd rather either stream directly to the TV or just use the PC.

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Just what I need on the 3 hour train ride to see my grandkids. Not to mention impressing the grankids (6 and 8).

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How about a 32 GB *without* LTE for $249?

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> How about a 32 GB *without* LTE for $249?

I'll have a 16Gb (or 8Gb even) *with* LTE please. 64Gb Micro-SDs are cheap these days.

If think of it as Apple pricing for the storage upgrade, the LTE is free...

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8 or 16GB is too small

The problem is that apps such as the BBC's iPlayer and Sky Go do not let you save the TV programmes or films to SD cards - you have to save to the internal memory. With the amount of crap that Samsung force upon you (I know, I could root it) I regularly run out of space on my 16GB phone. It will be the same for this tablet. I would always suggest 32GB as a minimum.

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Sony Playstation TV does streaming and includes a controller for $100. Plug it into any TV... a 1080p 32" starts at $225.... a lot cheaper than the $400 shield (w/ controller and stand)

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Tempting, but wondering what OS upgrades will be like.

If the next Nexus device uses this chip? I'm all over it.

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