A tablet powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor debuts today. The primary focus of the $299 Nvidia Shield Tablet is gaming.
Obviously, the highlight of this device is its K1 processor, which sports 192 dedicated graphics cores — the same type that’s built into Nvidia’s GeForce GTX graphics cards. This enables it to support high-end gaming technology, like Epic’s Unreal Engine 4.
The Shield Tablet offers 4K video out and a pair of front-facing speakers. Nvidia is also releasing a wireless controller ($59) with a built-in microphone that communicates over Wi-Fi.
Users are able to play any Android game, including the 400 that have been optimized for the Shield platform. In addition, people who have an Nvidia GeForce card in their desktop or laptop can play PC games on this tablet, thanks to Nvidia Gamestream. There is even support for gamecasting to Twitch.
Mid-Size Tablet, Too
Not everything is intended for gamers – the Shield Tablet should be as useful as any other mid-size Android device, and it supports 1080p Netflix streaming.
Its 8-inch screen has a resolution of 1900 x 1200, and can store 128 GB of data on a removable microSD card. The device comes with a stylus (and a slot to hold it), a 5MP front-facing camera, and there will eventually be a version with support for 4G LTE cellular-wireless networking.
The WiFi-only Nvidia Shield Tablet began shipping today in the United States and Canada, and a Europen launch is expected soon. This gaming device starts at $299 for the 16GB version, while a version with 32GB of built-in storage is $399.