The New 2017 Nvidia Shield Review

Recently I got the new Nvidia Shield TV and it’s an interesting product in the sense that brings together regular smart TV things like Netflix, gaming with a massive library of Android and console games with there GeForce Now streaming service and also smart home functionality with Google Assistant built in.

When I first booted up the shield I encountered my first issue with it, the updates. The first update I had to install took me over an hour to install (with relatively bad internet connection). This however isn’t a one time issue on the first day alone I had to install 4 different updates. Both the remote and controller needed firmware updates, and I needed a Google services update later in the day. Theese updates were very annoying but that’s not issue unique to the shield, nearly every platform is bogged down by constant updates to some extent.

Things do however get better for the Shield as the controller was great. I still prefer an Xbox 360 controller but this came close. The build quality of the body was amazing however the buttons and sticks felt to light at first but after 30 minutes of play I got used to it. I did appreciate the fact that they included a controller and remote, which you used to have to pay $50 for, though I would have rather them take out the remote and reduced the cost by $50.

With those controls you need games, and luckily there are plenty. The library is enormous between Gamestream, GeForce Now, and the library of optimized console games to go along with the normal Android TV games. I unfortunately have not checked out GeForce now so I will have a dedicated review for that coming soon but I can confirm that the Android games are good. The Nvidia shield does what mobile can’t in the sense that there are many great free games that I don’t feel overuse micro transactions. Some I would recommend are Xenowerk, Real Boxing, and Dead Trigger 2.

The Google Assistant feature is not as incredible as it was advertised as seeing that currently it currently requires you to press a button on a remote and I would describe the mics voice recognition as better than most but still not incredible. I do think this will change when Nvidia releases the Nvidia spot the Google Home speaker and mic combo that will plug directly into the wall and use Google Assistant. However there currently is no release date on this product as of now.

Even with certain flaws the Nvidia shield is by far both the best value as a streaming and gaming box and the best Android TV by far. There is still room for improvement but coming $100 cheaper than both the PS4 and Xbox One in there lowest configurations I would choose this over either of those consoles or any other streaming box on the market.

 

Voilition Reveals Cancelled Saints Row Game

 

Earlier this week Volition released a beta for a cancelled Saints Row Game. This was going to be called Saints Row Undercover for the PSP. According to Voliton. they originally planned to just port  Saints Row 2 but they found the game was to large for the PSP. They then decided to just make a new game all together. Since Volition doesn’t make portable games they hired an unnamed other developer to make it. The game didn’t live up to THQ, there old publisher, or Volition’s standards so they cancelled the project

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Some of the developers were looking back on the archives and found a PSP dev kit. Since none of them remembered ever working on a PSP game they started talking to some people who had worked at Volition for a while and found a early model of the game titled “Saints Row Undercover”. They found that game actually had a character customization system, a tutorial level, and a full open world. This is a lot for just a test model. When they mentioned showing it to the public to some other people at Volition, they responded “You can’t show that it’s unfinished.” When hearing this they started to question why they couldn’t. They decided that Saints Row fans would wan’t to see this. With that in mind they convinced the higher ups at Volition to let them show the game to the public.

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Mojang is Making an Educational Minecraft Game

Microsoft and Mojang have announced that they have acquired MinecraftEDU and are working on there own educational Minecraft game titled “Minecraft Educational Edition”. This will sell at 5 USD a year for a student, 25 USD a year for a server, and a 41 USD one-time server licensing fee. It will be an expanded version of Minecraft for education. This isn’t really surprising seeing that according to Microsoft “over 7,000 classrooms in more than 40 countries worldwide use Minecraft as part of their curriculum today.”

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The company Teacher Gaming LLC, which is the company the Microsoft bought MincreftEDU from is still selling MinecraftEDU, which is a modded version of Minecraft for schools. The company says that “Minecraft can be a very useful educational tool it can teach a range of skills, like digital citizenship, empathy, social skills, and can even improve their literacy, while also getting real-time feedback from their teacher.” I honestly don’t really see the point in this version.

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