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Nvidia Shield Tablet launched alongside wireless controller

Nvidia has unveiled a duo of new products especially for mobile gamers, the Nvidia Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller.

Following on from the Nvidia Shield handheld Android gaming console launched last year, Nvidia has opted to launch its gaming hardware in tablet form for 2014, complete with its own wireless gaming controller.

“If you’re a gamer and you use a tablet, the Nvidia Shield Tablet was created specifically for you,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, President and CEO at Nvidia. “The Shield Tablet delivers unique gaming capabilities to keep even the most avid gamer deeply immersed, anywhere they play.”

Nvidia Shield Tablet Features
The Nvidia Shield Tablet features an 8-inch full 1080p HD display running on an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with 192-core GPU that uses the Nvidia Kepler architecture.

Gamers can utilise the front-facing speakers for audio, which are equipped with Nvidia PureAudio technology, or use the 5-megapixel front-facing camera for Twitch streaming.

The Shield Tablet is built with an integrated magnesium shield that claims to keep the slate cool for those intense gaming sessions.

For those looking for a  little more tapping precision, the Nvidia Shield Tablet also comes with a DirectStylus 2 pen that can be stored in the top of the tablet.

The Shield Tablet can stream games directly from your PC or laptop using the Nvidia GameStream technology, as long as their powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 6 series or greater GPU.

There’s also the Nvidia Console Mode to take advantage of, which put your tablet gaming on your TV and you can even use the Console Mode with the Shield Wireless Controller as well.

The Nvidia Shield Wireless Gaming Controller claims to offer precision, low latency and other features that serious gamers come to expect from such controllers. It’s designed in a very similar way to the original Nvidia Shield.

It comes with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity and you can use up to four controllers at any one time. The controller has a built-in headphone jack, touch pad  similar to the PS4 DualShock 4, volume controls and voice command and search functionality.

The Nvidia Shield Hub app comes pre-installed on the new tablet, offering access to over 400 Shield-optimised Android games and other apps like Netflix and co.

Nvidia Shield Tablet Price and Release Date
The Nvidia Shield Tablet will retail from $299 (£175) for a Wi-Fi only 16GB model.

Available to pre-order now from retailers like Amazon, GameStop or direct from Nvidida, the Shield Tablet is offered with Wi-Fi connectivity as standard, but can also be bought with LTE compatibility too.

The Nvidia Shield wireless controller is priced at $59 (£35) and you can also buy a special Shield Tablet cover for $39 (£22).

Read more: Best tablets 2014

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