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NVIDIA Project Shield Demo Shows Borderlands 2 Streaming

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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NVIDIA, PC gaming, Project Shield

The NVIDIA Shield is designed to stream top-flight PC games from your home network (so long as they support gamepads and you're packing an NVIDIA GTX 600 graphics card or better), and this new demo video shows us Borderlands 2 streaming in its 60 FPS, V-Synced, PhysX-enabled glory. Probably better than a tatty copy of Viz when you're on the loo, right?

To put it bluntly, we reckon that the Shield will be a tough sell to all but a niche crowd, since Android games can already be played on phones, tablets or PC... and you'll have to already own on a decent gaming rig in order to Stream PC titles at decent quality... and keep your PC on... yeah. What do you make of the handheld device?

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Tsung  Feb. 7, 2013 at 14:35

Clever, but pointless?. Is the requirement of a GTX600 just so it force people to upgrade? I don't see the point if you can only play games within your own home (or range of wireless). Might as well go on the pc in question and play.

I'm sure a few people might get it so they can carry on playing PC games whilst the PC is in an occupied room (for instance, if the pc is in the bedroom and the other half wants to go to bed or are ill or something).

mmmmm, it's very niche..

JonLester  Feb. 7, 2013 at 15:32

Clever, but pointless?. Is the requirement of a GTX600 just so it force people to upgrade? I don't see the point if you can only play games within your own home (or range of wireless). Might as well go on the pc in question and play.

mmmmm, it's very niche..


To be honest, we're also struggling to see the appeal here. Limited range, coupled with the fact that you can only use it if you turn on your PC and dedicate it solely to streaming the game in question, means that 'niche' might be a bit of an understatement.

As I said in the post, there'll probably be some novelty in playing Skyrim or BL2 in the bathroom, but the target audience is pretty specific. NVIDIA hardware owner, PC gaming enthusiast, lots of spare income, incredibly long bowel movements... that's a very tight venn diagram right there.

This is one of those occasions where I'd love to be proven wrong. I love new hardware, so if there's an angle we're not seeing, let us know!

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 7, 2013 at 15:32
Late  Feb. 7, 2013 at 16:05

I reckon I could make a rival machine for a fraction of the price.

HDMI/dvi extension cable (or wireless extender if you insist), xbox controller, small LCD monitor or tablet, and a tube of "no more nails" and you're almost there.

hurtssobad  Feb. 7, 2013 at 23:49

Take an xbox controller and hold it the way he's holding the shield, now imagine doing that for an hour.

JonLester  Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:30

@hurtssobad: Heh. Actualy, it might be more like a DualShock, considering how central and cramped those thumbsticks are. You can see the rep's thumbs at rest around the 1 minute mark, and seeing how far you'll have to stretch makes me twinge a little.

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