As most of our readers are already aware, yesterday was the first day for Google's annual developer conference. While many cool and exciting features were previewed for the upcoming "M" release, there were very few announcements that would impact gaming, save for the new version of Cardboard and for the new Shield set top box. According to NVidia, the new Shield unit will work for cord-cutters, viewing the web on a TV set, or gaming.
For those of you who have been a loyal fan of Nvidia for awhile, especially since the announcement back during GDC 2015 about the Nvidia Shield Android TV console, there is some extremely awesome news today which you might have already seen in your email's inbox. Nvidia has sent out an email to everyone who signed up for their Shield console newsletter to keep up-to-date with Shield console news. In this email Nvidia is saying thank you for being a loyal fan by starting a big giveaway.
About two days ago, the Nvidia Shield Android TV appeared on Amazon with two models available, the announced 16 GB version version, and a 500GB model. Of course it was subsequently taken down shortly after, but the internet doesn't lie! Well okay maybe sometimes, but this was caught before it was taken down.
In the past there have been rumblings of Nvidia working on a new Shield Portable. Although there is still no official word on it, another certification, this time for the RRA in South Korea, points to it being something coming soon.
The HTC Vive is quickly become a major contender in the Virtual Reality headset space and it hasn't even been released yet. With a partnership between Valve and HTC, the HTC Vive headset already has some great hardware and software being developed as well as third-party companies building sensors and other goodies for it. Today one more company has announced support for the HTC Vive, which will definitely lend some extra power to the gaming aspect for the HTC Vivie.
Ouya has gone through some interesting changes since the concept was announced, then having an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign which raised $8.5 million with promises of a new console every year, and then every other year with the latest hardware, and then changing business models completely and making their marketplace available on Android devices other than the Ouya console itself. The newest change is a rather interesting one, Ouya as a company has been put up for sale.
One device a lot of us are waiting to get our grubby little hands on is Nvidia's upcoming Shield Console which will be having pre-orders going live soon. Up until now there has only been one model known, which was the $199 and comes with 16GB of storage. However, it appears that there may be a second model available as well with a lot more storage.
Samsung has announced that pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy 6 variant of their Gear VR headset will finally be going live starting tomorrow morning. This version of the Gear VR headset can be used with both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, either one will work with this particular headset.
Back near the end of March 2015 we reported on HTC and the fact that they would be offering developers a chance to apply for a free Vive Developer Edition virtual reality headset which they can use to develop games for. The only thing that developers were waiting for was to have HTC launch their official website that developers would be using to sign-up for the headset.
Back during CES 2015 we got to check our Razer's upcoming set top box called ForgeTV as well as the peripherals that it will be supporting. Since then Razer has been working to get this new set top box into consumer's hands as soon as possible and it looks like that will be happening soon as pre-orders have appeared on Amazon for a Razer ForgeTV bundle.