nVidia have revealed the latest addition to their Shield range, an android micro console powered by a Tegra X1 processor with 3GB memory and 16gb of storage. It “delivers twice the performance of an Xbox 360 at one fifth the power” and will set you back $199 (£129).
The Tegra processor is powerful enough to Crysis 3 at 1080p and will also show movies in 4k resolution. It is also said to play pretty much any format you can think of.
An android powered micro console is nothing new, but nVidia are also launching an update their own game streaming service which aims to do “for gaming what Netflix did for videos and what Spotify did for music”. The nVidia store will offer 50 games at launch, including The Talos Principle, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, Portal, Half-Life 2, Metal Gear Rising: Revengence and Joe Danger.
There will be two subscription levels with the basic package streaming at 720p and the premium version allegedly allowing users to stream games such as Batman Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at 1080p and 60fps. nVidia do specify that the premium service requires a broadband connection of at least 30Mbps, but I would be highly impressed if my central London 100mb fibre optic broadband could manage 1080p 60fps without suffering any lag.
The console will launch in May in the States with a European launch following shortly after.