NVIDIA named the service during CES 2013. And while we suspect many would have hoped for this news sooner, it looks like the first beta access is now available. Sadly though, that is limited to those in Northern California area at this time. Specifically, in the San Jose area.
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NVIDIA is trying to further tempt those who have been considering picking up a SHIELD game system. For Black Friday, or more specifically, for the Black Friday weekend, NVIDIA has lowered the price and is also including a few extras. And just to clarify the weekend timeframe, the Black Friday SHIELD offer will come to a close at 11:59 PST on December 2nd, 2013.
NVIDIA rolled out an update for the SHIELD a short time back. That one brought the system up to Android 4.3 and while that was a nice aspect, there were several other important aspects to the update. One of those others was something called GameStream. In the case of the NVIDIA SHIELD, GameStream mode means users can stream PC game to the handheld console.
Chromecast, supporting apps like Netflix can stream content from your Android device. Rumors of Android TV have yet to pan out. Miracast is lost in the shuffle, seemingly defeated by the advent of Google’s $35 dongle. Then there is Android gaming, a sector that has just started taking shape, and is seeing rapid expansion.
Parrot has announced a refresh for the AR.Drone 2.0. Those looking back will remember this model was originally announced in the early part of 2013, though, since that point we have seen several updates. The month of July brought an extended battery and improved app and the month of August brought the Power Edition model. Well, as of today there is now the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.
NVIDIA has announced and detailed the latest software update for the SHIELD. This one will be rolling out over-the-air and it will be arriving with several new features and lots more in terms of functionality. Just to begin with, this update will bump your handheld console to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But there will also be Console Mode, a Gamepad Mapper and more.
Madfinger Games has been teasing the release of Dead Trigger 2 for quite some time now. Looking all the way back to January we saw a brief demo and mention of how it was the first Tegra 4 game. We ended up getting to spend a bit of time with a demo version of Dead Trigger 2 when it appeared on the, then called, Project SHIELD in March. And while we were not expecting the game to drop until late in 2013, it wasn't until September when that release date was finally confirmed.
Project Shield became a reality, we became enamored. While the handheld stakes it’s place amongst the new crop of Android gaming consoles, there could be a follow-up sooner than you’d think. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spoke with Engadget after the announcement, and tipped his hat on a few things in the works.