With its focus shifting to the mobile gaming market, and as PC sales are in a bit of a slump, Nvidia announced that future GPUs will be mobile-first designs at CES 2014. In 2013 Nvidia gained valuable knowledge and exposure with the Tegra Note 7 tablet and the Shield (a mobile gaming device). Moving forward in its evolution, Nvidia has launched the Shield Tablet and Shield Controller, which are available today.
The hardware inside the Shield Tablet includes the new Tegra K1 SoC (system on a chip) which boosts processor performance by 20% when compared to the Tegra Note 7. The Tegra K1 GPU has components that are derived from the PC Kepler architecture, which allows it to maintain full software compatibility. According to Nvidia's benchmark there is a 3x increase in GPU performance when compared to the GPUs used in the Samsung Tab Pro 8.4 and iPad Air. Nvidia goes on to claim that the Tegra K1 GPU is comparable to the Xbox 360 and PS3. This GPU also supports modern graphic APIs, making console and PC games much easier to port.
Besides the Tegra K1 SoC the Shield Tablet also sports 2 GB of RAM and an 8 inch display with a resolution of 1920x1200. As for storage capacity, the Shield Tablet has 2 versions: a 16 GB Wi-Fi only version and a 32 GB LTE version. Both have a microSD slot, allowing for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
The 16 GB version is available for $299 and the 32 GB version will be available for $399. The Wireless Shield Controller is available for an extra $59.