Nvidia introduces Shield Tablet with Twitch broadcasting

First mobile device with Twitch integrated broadcasting to start at $299.

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Nvidia announced a new member of its Shield family today: the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It's now available for pre-order starting at $299, with an optional wireless controller for $59.

You can pre-order it from the official site. It's $299 for a 16GB wifi version, and $399 for a 32GB version with LTE. It uses a Tegra K1 192 core GPU, sports 2GB of RAM with a Cortex A15 CPU, a multitouch display, and front-facing speakers. It will be available on July 29.

The announcement boasts that it will be the first mobile device to inegrate Twitch streaming as well. Twitch has offered a mobile SDK for developers to use earlier this year, and it was put to use very quickly after that. Broadcasting through a mobile device isn't new, but integrating it into the device is.

The tablet sports a 5MP camera, mic, and chat overlay to make the task easier, along with an optional headset. It will also come pre-installed with the Twitch streaming application for Android, and Nvidia's own "Shadowplay," a tool for saving and sharing your gaming moments.

“It’s no secret our goal is to be everywhere that gamers are, which includes bringing Twitch broadcasting and viewing to every console,” said Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch. “With this integration into the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet, we are not only one step closer to achieving our goal, we are strengthening our relationship with the ever-growing global mobile community.”

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    July 22, 2014 7:50 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nvidia introduces Shield Tablet with Twitch broadcasting.

    First mobile device with Twitch integrated broadcasting to start at $299.

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      July 22, 2014 8:56 AM

      Looks like a good alternative for travelers like myself. just hook up to the hotel tv and play in console mode.

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      July 22, 2014 9:35 AM

      I just beat the final chapter of the UltimateQuest. Here's hoping I won.

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        July 22, 2014 9:35 AM

        Btw, that was insanely hard. Spent 14 hours on day 3 trying to solve that puzzle.

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      July 22, 2014 10:00 AM

      I'm eager to see what the K1 can do. Although early rumors suggest it's not enough to beat the next Snapdragon gpu coming out this year. That'll be disappointing if true. I've been an Nvidia fan for a long time, so it's sad that they can't seem translate that tech into mobile as well as I would expect.

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      July 22, 2014 10:24 AM

      How much do people care about Twitch broadcasting?

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        July 22, 2014 10:28 AM

        A lot. It's become pretty huge lately and for some people, a means of income. Esp now since the new consoles have it built in as well it has taken on a whole new life.

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        July 22, 2014 3:01 PM

        I do. Not that i'd buy one of those, but i do.

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        July 22, 2014 3:15 PM

        I didn't use to care, but streaming some of the more obscure games is pretty awesome.

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        July 22, 2014 3:29 PM

        It is a pretty huge drawback to me, but I doubt I'd switch off my Nexus 5 just for that.

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      July 22, 2014 11:12 AM

      Sorry valcan.

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      July 22, 2014 2:48 PM

      I've got to concede, the controller looks really nice. I've got little to no use for something like the tablet though.

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      July 22, 2014 2:52 PM

      I've got just about this with my thinkpad 8 tablet, PS4 bluetooth controller, and steam in-home streaming. Looks like it has a few minor advantages and disadvantages over that setup for me at least.

      Advantages: designed around game streaming, better GPU, speakers, stylus, shadowplay
      Disadvantages: relies on nvidia graphics card requirements, gamestream support, android vs win8.1 (8.1 takes it for me personally)

      Gamestream support is looking better since shield v1. Good price for the device too, I'd consider it if I didn't have what I've already got.

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        July 22, 2014 2:56 PM

        How did you set up the PS4 controller on a PC?

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          July 22, 2014 3:42 PM

          On the tablet I connected via bluetooth, then I use the DS4 To XInput Wrapper app to fool games into thinking it's a 360 controller. Works fine!

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        July 22, 2014 9:23 PM

        I played black ops 2 last night streamed to m macbook air. Looked good but tricky for online play with all the added latency.

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      July 22, 2014 3:26 PM

      Hmm I can't seem to preorder the 32gb lte version

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      July 22, 2014 8:16 PM

      Will you be able to use a ps4 or any other bluetooth controller?