NVIDIA Shield tablet sports 8-inch 1080p display, Tegra K1 processor, gaming focus

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: July 22, 2014

NVIDIA Shield tablet wireless controller

NVIDIA’s Shield family of Android gaming hardware is growing today with the addition of two new pieces of kit.

The NVIDIA Shield tablet is an Android-powered slate that is touted as being “built specifically for gamers.” The Shield tablet sports an 8-inch 1920x1200 display and 2.2GHz quad-core Tegra K1 processor at its heart. Also included is 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, front-facing speakers and a pair of 5-megapixel cameras, one on its front and one on its back. 

The Shield tablet also has a few unique features up its sleeve. One is NVIDIA’s DirectStylus 2 technology that allows for 3D painting, handwriting and note-taking. NVIDIA has also thrown in ShadowPlay, a capture tool that allows for gameplay capture and Twitch streaming, and Console Mode for hooking the tablet up to a big screen TV.

NVIDIA Shield tablet stand controller

But how can the Shield tablet be built for gaming if its full touch? NVIDIA has solved that issue with the Shield wireless controller. The controller features a d-pad, two analog joysticks, triggers, bumpers and face buttons. The inputs don’t stop there, though, as the controller’s also got a capacitive touchpad and voice controls.

The NVIDIA Shield tablet and Shield controller are both available for preorder in the U.S., Canada and some European countries. Pricing is set at $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model or $399 for the 32GB unit with built-in 4G LTE. Meanwhile, the wireless controller will set buyers back $59, a tablet cover/stand is available for $39 and a DirectStylus 2 is available for $19.99. The Shield tablet will officially launch in the U.S. and Canada on July 29.