Pixel pushing powerhouse NVIDIA are well known for producing
powerful video cards but they have another product that has been quietly
selling by the millions for the last 4 years. The Tegra X1 SOC is that piece of
silicon and it is the electronic brains inside two very impressive gadgets, the
Nintendo Switch and the NVIDIA Shield TV.
First announced in 2015 the X1 is a mobile gaming powerhouse
built onto a single tiny silicon chip. The X1 got its first big break in 2016
when Nintendo decided to use the chip in its new transforming console the
Switch, which was subsequently launched March 2017. In the 2 years since the
Switch has sold over 34 million units. At the same time NVIDIA has sold
millions of their Shield TV’s.
Continue reading Next Generation Nintendo Switch and NVIDIA Shield TV, Tegra X1 Brothers in Arms…
A TV revolution is well underway, no longer are our viewing habits a prisoner to Free To Air, Network or Cable TV. Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are tuning us into this revolution and streaming devices are key to unlocking the stream. Serving all of your modern media needs streamers are the set top box of the future ready to stream today. Combine these modern streamers with Kodi and you have an affordable way to access unbelievable amounts of content at the click of a button.
This does leave the tricky question of which streamer to hook up to that flat panel display? If like us you use Kodi (formerly XBMC) to stream media on a daily basis then the question becomes a little more complicated and then a lot simpler. The following is our journey of discovery to find the perfect Kodi streamer for around $200.
Continue reading Android TV and Kodi, 2015’s Ultimate Home Theater Streamer on a Budget.
Rumours have been swirling around the wobbly web that suggest NVIDIA will soon be releasing the next generation Shield tablet, a tablet based on the brand new Tegra X1 chip that’s capable of delivering a Teraflop of processing power.
Helping to further whip the net into a frenzy NVIDIA this week sent out invites for a mysterious media event on the 3rd of March in San Francisco. It is expected that NVIDIA will announce the release date of the new Shield, some rumours suggest the release date will be as early as the 17th of March while other whispers are suggesting the new X1 Shield may appear as late as June 2015.
Will the Shield be the first product to use the X1 chipset and become the first Teraflop tablet? Will the world’s first Teraflop tablet be a Q1 or Q2 product? Hopefully NVIDIA will answer these questions and more on March 3rd.
Continue reading The NVIDIA Tegra X1 and Shield Upgrade Rumour, Teraflop Tomfoolery…
The clouds are becoming a far more crowded place with this week’s announcement by NVIDIA that the Grid is go. Wanting to be far more than just a cloud based gaming service for those on the move NVIDIA is calling it the Netflix of gaming, a new way to consume gaming content. By all accounts the big NV have done a technically excellent job building the Grid, the performance numbers don’t lie, this is the most playable gaming service yet but will anyone turn up to play?
Continue reading NVIDIA’s Grid Cloud Gaming Service is Go…
The second generation of NVIDIA’s portable gaming kit has evolved to the point that the screen has separated from the controller. While the original Shield gaming console was high on innovation it was a little short on sales. The newly announced Shield Tablet and Controller keep the gaming emphasis of the original; it just does each part better and separately.
Taking care of the gaming hardware the Shield Tablet crams leading edge hardware into a svelte 8 inch tablet. The Shield Controller rounds out the gaming experience with a fast, flexible and comfortable game controller. Any game available anywhere.
NVIDIA will sell the Shield Tablet and Controller separately beginning July 29. The 16GB WI-Fi only Shield Tablet will sell for $300 and the Controller for $60. Has NVIDIA produced the most powerful gaming tablet to date? Is it enough to capture share in a saturated tablet market?
Continue reading NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet, the Tablet with Game…
Let’s just get this one point out of the way early, the key to next generation gaming is Game Streaming. The only real question is when. Whether connected to a cloud service or a local PC the chances are in the not too distant future the machine you are playing a game on won’t be the one rendering the frames.
While game streaming technology has been bubbling away and developing for a number of years it is only now that the technology is ready for prime time. Services are already appearing from Sony and Nvidia but Valve’s is also preparing to launch its own assault on our living rooms, their primary weapon being the Steam Machines that include game streaming functionality.
Amongst all of this progress Microsoft have been decidedly quiet on the subject of game streaming with either the Xbox One, PC’s or tablets. Are they that far behind the 8 ball?
Continue reading Game Streaming, the Secret to Gaming in the Not Too Distant Future…
Appearing last week the Salinas crop circle instantly caught the public’s attention. So much attention did this unusual sight garner that the farmer ploughed the crop circle into the ground after only a few days. It may have been of people trying to explain the aura and energy of the site, it might have been the people waring alien masks and shinning torches at the sky, we may never know.
What we do now know after yesterday announcement is the true source of the crop circles power, pure silicon. The crop circle pattern turns out to actually be the design of Nvidia’s latest mobile graphics chip. NVidia put on one hell of a show at this weeks CES to publicize the release of their new mobile chippery, the K1. The crop circle was just the beginning.
Continue reading The Salinas Crop Circle Explained, Nvidia’s Marketing Stunt Goes Viral…
In the fast changing silicon world a company needs to be nimble, NVIDIA is such a company. The jolly green giant of graphics companies is preparing to take the radical step of licensing its Intellectual Property, allowing other companies to produce chips using NVIDIA’s technology.
The fast paced growth of the mobile sector along with the success of ARM and PowerVR, the two dominant companies in the mobile sector, has to be a major motivation for NVIDIA. While NVIDIA already sells its own Tegra all in one chipset to manufacturers selling its IP to chip designers opens up markets for the company.
NVIDIA’s initial portfolio will include Kepler graphics core designs, visual compute technology and rumors suggest eventually they will add their LTE modem technology. Being a new market for NVIDIA it will take time to build the eco-system around their new IP products. To date there are no customers for the new offerings but it is early days.
Continue reading NVIDIA’s Licenses its Intellectual Property; Starts Build Your Own GPU Club…
NVIDIA, not content to release a new generation of Tegra (4) mobile processor have simultaneously launched a revolution in portable gaming. Wrapping the new chip in possibly the most radical handheld console to date, let me introduce you to Project Shield.
Don’t mistake Project Shield for a fancy new controller; Project Shield is no slave to the likes of Sony or Microsoft. Instead Shield contains a fully featured next generation Android gaming console, fully self contained, display included.
NVIDIA has a surprise for gamers on the go, a complete departure from portable consoles of the past. This is uncompromised gaming in spite of location. The design is also strangely similar to the much rumoured portable Xbox.
Continue reading NVIDIA Project Shield, a Portable Revolution and PSP Vita Killer…
A strange thing happened on the way to the next generation Xbox. Leaked online this week were photographs of the next generation Xbox Developers hardware, along with an offer to sell the whole kit for the not insignificant amount of $10,000.
A rare and special beast, in the hands of talented game designer’s armies of these machines will create the next generation video games we all love so much. Suffice as to say these machines don’t often see the public light of day, this is a rare glimpse.
Featured at the top of the dashboard in large green type is the word ‘Durango’, Microsoft’s internal product name for the next generation Xbox, a name that will change upon release of the new Xbox. Let’s hope they keep thee new name simple, 720 gets our vote.
Continue reading Microsoft Xbox 720 Durango Developers Kit For Sale…