Earlier today the popular accessory maker Nyko, most known for their budget game console products, announced a slew of cases and options for us Android gamers. Most notably, some cases and a new dock for the upcoming NVIDIA SHIELD game console. Their cases are nice, but the dock turns your quad-core Tegra 4 powered SHIELD into a traditional console. It’s interesting, so lets take a peek.
We looked at their cases earlier today at E3 2013, but now we’re taking a look at the Nyko dock that will transform how we use SHIELD. All these add-ons to make it a true console might be a bit much, but for someone who already was planning to purchase a SHIELD should love what they have in store later this year.
As you can see from the image above, this is a simple dock from Nyko. The important part being it offers both micro-USB for charging and HDMI for outputting video. Wire this up to that 55-inch LED TV of yours, and you’ve got a game system. Running on Android 4.2 you’ll be able to use a Tyko controller and comfortably sit back and play all those Android (and PC games) from the couch. So while this essentially takes away the “portable” aspect of SHIELD, it doubles the options for actually playing games with the Android-powered console.
As you see in our hands-on video above the dock is extremely small. Once connected the SHIELD will be a standalone game console and you’ll be able to use the Nyko PlayPad controller to game as usual. It is expected to arrive later this year, and pricing wasn’t announced. The price from the video was the dock for their Playpad controller, not the SHIELD dock.
NVIDIA’s SHIELD is still on track for a release later this month, and we should be hearing something official any day now from E3. It will run you $349, then once you have this dock the options will become endless. It’s a nice concept for Nyko to get some sales off of SHIELD. We’ll update when we hear more.