Some days ago I stumbled upon an article about the fact that the release date for the Nvidia Shield had been moved at the end of July. I had never heard of this thing before (and I am sure I am not the only one) so I googled it and ended up on the Nvidia Shield’s official website.
Following my initial reaction of awe (which this time lasted about less than a second) that I experience every time I see some new technological gadget, I started looking at this thing objectively. Now, let’s take a step back and go back in time before the announcement of this console.
How would you feel if I told you that I wanted to create a new portable console, shape it like an Xbox gamepad, add a 5” screen and have it play Android games? You would probably say something like “What the f*ck are you talking about?”, right? You wouldn’t think about buying it, right? RIGHT?
Why would somebody want to buy this thing? Why would I want to carry around this suitcase of a console to play Android games?!? In a world where even the Vita is struggling to survive in the portable videogaming world, where only the 3DS seems to be doing well, what did Nvidia think when they decided to build this thing? This console doesn’t look good for a casual gamer, because they probably prefer playing Temple Run on their smartphones,, and it doesn’t even look that appealing to hardcore gamers, because I don’t know many hardcore gamers that love playing Android games.
Granted, the Play PC feature (which allows you to stream games from your PC to continue playing them on the Shield) looks cool, but you need a compatible graphics card (a GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU, notebook GPUs are not supported yet), so if you don’t have one, you will have to spend extra money to be able to use all the Shield’s functionality. Also, if I spent a lot of money on a gaming PC, I don’t see why I would want to play PC games on a 5” screen.
The videogame world is experiencing an alarming and annoying decrease in the quality of the titles. We don’t need these things, we need good games (and possibly some new quality franchises) and really, with all due respect, Google Play is not the right place to find them.