Good luck to them, I guess, but I can't see this going anywhere. The other handhelds succeed because they have games people want that can't be played on anything else. I doubt many people are gonna buy this thing just to play games they can probably already play on their phone or their PC.
I honestly have no idea how anyone else could elbow their way into the handheld market right now.
The Nvidia one is just downright stupid. Bad timing, lack of real uniqueness (there are already dedicated android gaming devices and controllers to use with them), and general lack of forethought. Plus by limiting streaming to Nvidia cards, it means that everyone with a perfectly fine AMD card that should be applicable isn't. PC Gamers with an Nvidia or high class AMD GPU are already a niche, and they're forcing the handheld to work with a niche of a niche. The PS Vita is more likely to sell than this thing...
And here is an article with a lot more hand-on experience as well as some details: [link]
First, the good: -Streaming is actually good, people who played the Borderlands 2 demo could not notice any lag and it seemed like the game was rendered by the controller itself. -The games that were on the controller seemed to be competitive to current gen consoles graphics wise (but this was with a short demo, so it is only an estimate.)
Now the bad: -Streaming from the PC requires a 600 series graphics card (the current market is now having the 400 series be the standard.) So you must have a very high end PC to even do it. -Streaming only works for when the Shield and said computer are on the same network, can't do it over online or in any manner that would make one consider using a 720p, 5" screen over a 1080p 24" screen for general needs. -Your wallet will be non-existent after buying the Shield.
Almost the same song and dance as the Ouya, save that this one is true mobile (if the battery holds up) and such, except two things: -It has its own store instead of Google Play. Said store is already online for tablets and is rather lacking. Now, there is the advantage of people who put anything in this store have a limit on device that will be playing it, all of which use the Nvidia Tegra graphics chip. So it might as well be considered a new system all together. -The PC connection sounds like trouble. Are we limited to small, certain games or can I play Skyrim or any other game on this device? Is it a form of remote PC or something else like what the PSVita and PS3 does? Not a lot of details to really make me all that interested.
As for the PSVita or 3DS killer, very unlikely as we are talking about two giant systems with years of game libraries sitting around just for them, compared to a system that will have a small library at launch (assuming that you can even access games like Princess Putt) and will have to convience users and consumers to support it over readily available smart phone devices (like, I don't know, an Asus Tablet Eee Pad that runs off of a Nivida Tegra chip and just go buy a controller or use a Wii Remote controller mod.)
"We also got a chance to see Project Shield's PC game streaming functionality — arguably one of its most alluring features. When combined with a gaming PC on a shared local network, Project Shield can remotely access any game you own, allowing you to stream and play HD games directly on the device. The company demoed Borderlands 2 running in realtime on the Shield from alongside a PC in the same room, demonstrating the low-latency streaming between the two devices. The game ran as if it was being processed and rendered right on the handheld. There was no recognizable lag between when commands were entered on the device and when they were reflected on the screen."
Yes, you can play Skyrim if you have the right stuff.
Through streaming, which leads to the problem that it is only for those with the 600 series graphics cards (at the moment, this is mainly people who have just built a new game rig, though prices vary from $50 to $500 at a quick glance) as well as you can only do it on the same network as the computer, which leads to the question, "why can't I just play my computer instead?"
I've only read articles on it, that's it. If they were streaming, then it still leaves more questions. Obviously, it looks like those who use Nvidia will get the advantage with streaming games, but it still doesn't solve two problems: how exactly does the streaming work? (big difference between going through Wi-Fi, online, or some kind of device) and why should I care about portability for my PC games meant for long play sprints when I have my phone with games designed for short play sprints? (not including screen sizes and full keyboard + mouse, 360 controller, and steering wheel support.)
Because they inherently suck and sell very badly compared to consoles. Instead of developers focusing resources on improving quality games for actual gamers, they cater to these gimmicks and are actually surprised when they completely bomb. This isn't 1997 anymore.
"Prior to its launch, Amazon UK announced that the system was their most pre-ordered video game system ever. Nintendo of America announced that the number of Nintendo 3DS pre-orders were double the number of pre-orders for the Wii. The 3DS is also the fastest selling console in Australia, with 200,000 units sold through 37 weeks of availability. The 3DS overtook sales of all other consoles, handheld and home, to claim this record."
"Nintendo announced that first day sales for the Nintendo 3DS in the US were the largest of any Nintendo handheld device in history."
And regarding the original DS:
"As of September 30, 2012, all Nintendo DS models combined have sold 152.50 million units, making it the best selling handheld game console to date, and the second best selling video game console overall behind Sony's PlayStation 2."
I'm not really seeing the grounds to view it as a phase when a handheld has out-sold every console ever created except one, including all of the current-generation non-mobile consoles; beating the Wii by over 50%, and selling more units than the Xbox 360 and PS3 combined.
Sales are the best way to determine whether the population finds a product to be good. You can do the rest of the work in checking the citations rather than me spoon-feeding you everything that you obviously didn't look up before making broad statements, and unnecessarily (and confusingly) topping it off with a smarmy emoticon because I took all of 20 seconds to actually check up what you were saying. In doing so, I found several articles showing sales figures as reported by the manufacturers themselves which revealed nearly the complete opposite of what you had said with "sell very badly compared to consoles".
The most significant piece of supporting evidence from you for your statements, as far as I can tell, is this one: "Because they inherently suck". The source was yourself, which, for future reference, I'm not sure is really a valid source for supporting an argument.
Oh man, that backlight was revolutionary in my mind back then. I had a shitty little light/cover thingy for my GBA that would drain my battery and wouldn't even light the entire screen, only the top part.