NVIDIA has taken its hardware lineup to the next logical level with its announcement of the new Shield Tablet. With 8″ of diagonal screen space and the powerful new Tegra K1 processor, the Shield tablet addresses the only real issue I had with the original Shield handheld. While streaming PC titles (either from cloud or from your own PC) to a handheld device is great in theory, PC games, with all of their contextual menus and small text, simply don’t translate well to a 5″ screen–regardless of how beautiful it is. With the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA gets to pack in a ton of technology (including larger speakers, thank you very much!), while at the same time giving its users enough real estate to work with without inducing eye strain. As always, NVIDIA gives its customers a ton of extras, meaning that along with the included DirectStylus 2 (as well as the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting app that’s bundled with it), you’ll still get NVIDIA Gamestream, the GRID Cloud Beta and ShadowPlay…all great features that owners of the original Shield enjoyed; you’ll also be able to enjoy Console Mode, which allows you to stream the action to your big screen television in glorious 1080p.
The most surprising part of the package is the price…with the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for just $299; there’s also a 32GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE, but no price has been announced yet–though we’re thinking $399 sounds about right (NVIDIA is also offering accessories for the tablet, with a wireless controller announced for $59, and a cover/stand which retails for $39). We’re pretty excited to get our hands on the new Shield Tablet and take it for a test drive…but with no official release date announced, we may have to wait a while; in the meantime, you can click here to learn more on NVIDIA’s official site.