Shield brings GRID, the on-demand video game service that can be accessed with a monthly subscription
The marriage between tablets and video games has mainly interested casual gamers. Nvidia's desire to focus on another type of audience: his Shield Tablet in fact designed to perform all the functions of a tablet, giving the best of itself when connected to a joypad and put to the test with the titles of the platform GRID.
It is about an on-demand gaming service on the model of Netflix and Spotify which will be available from 18 November in the United States and in December in Europe (the relevant app must be installed from the Google Play Store) GRID which can be used free of charge until 30 June 2015, then a subscription with prices yet to be defined will be required.
Only PC games will be available (so nothing Sunset Overdrive or The Last of Us) and for the moment without multiplayer, even if the declared intention to get there sooner or later. The initial offer includes 20 titles, including Batman: Arkham City is Batman: Arkham Asylum, the first two Borderlands, the first two Darksiders is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
Streaming designed to guarantee a 720p and 60 fps resolution. It is necessary to have a line of at least 10 Mbps and a ping of less than 60 ms on the GRID servers. Given these technical needs, the games will be able to take advantage of the Tegra K1 processor, which guarantees graphics performance far superior to those of other 8-inch Nvidia Shield Tablet tablets, also equipped with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.