Do you think that Android gaming devices can compete against the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony? Tom Petersen, the director of technical marketing at Nvidia, thinks so but not right now. Right now it’s an alternative gaming platform to smartphones and tablets. As the adoption of Android gaming becomes widespread then the $349 Nvidia Shield could become an alternative to the Xbox one and the PS4.
Petersen said that in the future the playing field will become more even. Hardware specs are improving at a fast rate while game publishers are taking advantage of this by releasing titles with superb graphics. Games offered on the Android platform which generally costs less will soon have content that can match or even surpass its console counterparts. “If Android gaming continues to get better—that’s our goal and that’s what we’re spending a ton of money to do—the differentiation of a console becomes less and less. Sooner or later you’re going to hit this inflection point.”
Right now game publishers create titles that generally targets smartphones and tablets. With the release of dedicated Android gaming devices such as the Shield these publishers will eventually take advantage of the powerful hardware and create console quality games.
Petersen said that “We’re going to continue to refine Shield. This is our first-generation Shield. It’s probably the case if we have moderate success with this then we’ll continue down this path.”
Nvidia Shield Technical Specifications
Operating System: Android Jelly Bean
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad Core Mobile Processor with 2GB RAM
Display: 5 inch 1280×720 (294 ppi) Multi-Touch Retinal Quality Display
Audio: Integrated Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone
Storage: 16GB Flash Memory
Wireless: 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
Connectivity: Mini-HDMI output, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD storage slot, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with mic
Nvidia will be selling the Shield directly to consumers by the end of this month. While handheld console gaming isn’t doing well (PS Vita) the company is confident that they will be able to grow the Android gaming community. There’s going to be around 40 to 60 games available when this device hits the market.