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Mobile gaming tablet launched by Nvidia

A new Shield tablet and controller has been designed to enhance a mobile player’s gaming experience.

Nvidia is bringing to the mobile gaming industry, what it says is the most advanced mobile processor in the world, an 8 inch Shield gaming tablet and wireless Shield controller, two pieces of impressive hardware that are not likely to disappoint.

The premium 8 inch tablet is one of the first to be specifically designed for gamers.

Nvidia’s new tablet device can play Android games that have been downloaded from Google Play or the company’s Hub app. It also has the ability to stream games directly from a PC using WiFi or 4G. What this means is that gamers can experience graphics that are close to console quality, on a mobile device.

The Shield gaming tablet is equipped with an HD 1920×1080 pixel screen and is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 192 core Kepler GPU. The tech and video game company claims that the tablet uses the highest advanced mobile processer that is available on a device. In addition, the tablet can utilize the graphics card of a PC if a player is streaming games. That being said, it is important to point out that not all PC’s powered by Nvidia are compatible with this particular feature of the device.

The tablet will come with WiFi or WiFi and LTE connectivity and consumers can choose from a 16GB or 32GB model, both of which will include up to 128GB microSD support. Furthermore, the device will come with the pre-installed game, Trine2: Complete Story.

The wireless mobile gaming controller works smoothly with the tablet.

Although there are other tablet game controllers that a player could purchase, the one Nvidia has released to accompany its Shield tablet works very well with it and is reasonably priced. The company claims that between the tablet and controller there is low latency WiFi connectivity. The delay between the devices is almost non existence and is compared to the Xbox and its controller.

In addition to the controller, the mobile gaming device also comes with a cover accessory, so it can be easily propped up to achieve the ideal playing angle. Currently, the 16GB WiFi-only model can be preordered with the controller.

Mobile gaming to become focus of European game developers

Game developers in Europe are making the move to PC, PS4 and mobile games.

A survey that was conducted by the GDC Europe conference, a conference that takes place in August in Cologne, Germany, found that, in terms of mobile gaming, approximately 65% of European game developers are planning to develop mobile games and 64% intend to make their next titles available for mobile devices.

The survey was based on responses received from over 400 European game developers.

In addition to mobile games, the developers also have plans for other gaming platforms. 18% are developing games for the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4), which is higher than the 13% who are designing games for Microsoft’s Xbox One. As for the future, 33% anticipate that their next game will be made for the PS4 compared to 23% who expect to release their next game for the Xbox One. Furthermore, an estimated 58% stated that they are developing PC games and 60% of European developers plan to release their next title on the PC.

On the other hand, the survey discovered that while fewer than 10% of European developers use crowdfunding for projects they currently have in the works, 41% intend to make use of this funding source in the future.

The United Kingdom and Germany may be leaders in mobile gaming development in the future.

Mobile Gaming Focus - StudyAlthough Sweden is seen as a leader in game development in Europe, as it is linked to some of the world’s most popular games, like the Battlefield franchise, Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft, and Goat Simulator, the GDC survey reported that many anticipate that within the next five years, Germany and the UK will surpass Sweden.

Around 47% of game developers said that the United Kingdom gives the best tax breaks when it comes to local game development. However, France, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany only received about 9.5% of votes. That being said, according to comments from survey participants, the UK is still considered to be inferior to Canada in terms of tax incentive programs. Canada is still seen as a model for drawing domestic industry talent as well as talent from abroad.

As was previously mentioned, the mobile gaming and gaming survey findings are based on responses from more than 400 European game industry professionals who will either be attending the Game Developer Conference Europe 2014 or who previously attended HDC events.