While the Xbox One and PS4 took a lion’s share of the limelight at E3, there was more to the event than the console launches and their Day One games lineups. While catching up with NVIDIA about SHIELD at E3 I also heard about some of their plans for PC gaming. Arch-rivals AMD also have plenty to say on that subject, and an AMD spokesperson took a few moments to fill me in on their perspective too.
State Of The Game: NVIDIA Talks SHIELD, GRID, Android, And The Future Of Gaming (It’s Not Consoles) [UPDATED]
NVIDIA has been a busy technology bee recently. Its Tegra SoC (System on a Chip) is at the heart of an increasing number of Android-based gaming products, including the Kickstarted OUYA and (likely) Mad Catz’ MOJO, announced last week at E3—not to mention numerous smartphones and tablets. But NVIDIA, which issued the first Tegra chip back in 2008, is no longer content to produce components for other vendor’s products. At the end of June, the Santa Clara-based company will be releasing its SHIELD game controller/console, which it showcased to the public at E3.
A PlayStation fangirl admits it: Today’s reveal of the Xbox One kind of blew the PlayStation 4 reveal out of the water. Even the name, Xbox One, rather than the casually monikered Xbox 720, is surprising and different. The PS4 reveal was centered on the games (and yes, the graphics capability of the PS4 seems superior). But the Xbox One focused on the integration of the Xbox with all of the media in your living room, making it “one” system. Obviously, a tech demo held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond is less proof and more proof of concept, but if the Xbox One is everything Microsoft claims, it looks like science fiction made reality.
According to Venture Beat, EA has employed 1500 engineers over eighteen month to create a single ID system, Single Identity, which will unify all their games across every platform: PC, Xbox, PS3, even iOS and Facebook. Intrigued, I talked to an EA representative to learn more of this new system and what it will mean for EA…and for gamers. Okay, to be honest, my first thought was, “OMG, I can play my game on both the Xbox and the PS3.”
Last week, I speculated that the SHIELD was not only a new gaming system but also the probable first part of a two-part sortie against the incumbent console platforms. The more I think about it, the more I think that NVIDIA and Valve may be attempting to deliver a two-punch knockout that could clean the clocks of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.
Although parts of the blogosphere are unimpressed with the upcoming NVIDIA gaming device, SHIELD (a gamepad with an attached touch screen), I find their lack of faith disturbing–or at least unimaginative.
If you’ve been following the news from the 2013 CES, you’ll know that NVIDIA has announced its handheld Tegra 4 powered, Android-based gaming device, SHIELD. It looks like the PS3/Xbox-style gamepad controller and a Nintendo DS had a baby. And like all infants, it has terrific potential.