NVIDIA nTeresting Newsletter – 15 October 2013
In this Issue:
· NVIDIA GeForce GPUs will power the first ever Steam Machines.
· A GameStop exec talks up Tegra and SHIELD in his discussion of mobile gaming.
· IGN picks best gaming laptops. All picks are GeForce-powered.
· Dead on Arrival 2 is out for Android, and it plays best on Tegra devices.
· Mad Catz M.O.J.O. is a Tegra 4-powered micro console.
Valve Picks NVIDIA
The SteamOS and Steam Machine are an elegant way to get your PC games into your living room and on to your biggest screen. Valve will be sending 300 prototype units to users to test SteamOS, and they are putting their best foot forward with NVIDIA GPUs.
“The first entertainment and gaming consoles running Valve’s SteamOS will be powered by Intel central processors and sport NVIDIA graphics chips, the video game developer and distributor announced on Friday.”
Why did they pick NVIDIA?
“The GeForce GTX series delivers the graphics performance, acoustic characteristics, and power efficiency we wanted for the first impression of the SteamOS living room game experience,” he said. “So, even though they are helping us test these devices, their experience should begin with superior performance and amazing visuals directly on their big screen TV the first day they have it.”
We’re in favor of any initiative that promotes open-platform gaming and takes advantage of our market-leading Linux support.
SHIELD, GameStop’s Got ‘em
If you want to get your hands on a SHIELD a GameStop kiosk is a good place to do it.
“The NVIDIA SHIELD has been selling out at stores since launch and was on prime display at the recent GameStop EXPO in Las Vegas for managers and consumers to get hands-on. “
Joe Gorman, vice president of mobile for GameStop, talked about the role mobile is playing at the world’s largest game retailer in this video from Gamerhub.tv in this video.
All of the Best Gaming Rigs Have GeForce
IGN recently released their list of the best gaming laptops on the market. Who made the cut?
· Razer Blade 14 with a GeForce GTX 765M
· 15” Macbook Pro w/ Retina with a GeForce GTX 650M
· Alienware 17 with a GeForce GTX 770M
· Toshiba Satellite L55 with a GeForce GTX 740M
· MSI GT70 with a GeForce GTX 780M
Who did not make the cut? Any laptop not using GeForce. Every laptop on the list was powered by GeForce.
Undead Coming Back to Life
Survivors of the zombie-filled shooter, Dead on Arrival, are dusting off the cobwebs and sharpening their zombie hunting skills. The undead are back as Dead on Arrival 2 is now living on Google Play. The latest iteration of the popular top-down shooter from N3V Games launched with a slew of awesome features, including single- and multi-player action, new weapons and loads of power-ups. Best of all, the game is free and optimized for Tegra 4-powered devices!
While you don’t need a Tegra 4-powered device to come out of zombie slaying retirement, it’s clear that Dead on Arrival 2 was built to shine with Tegra 4. Taking it one step further, the game’s controls were optimized for NVIDIA SHIELD’s impressive controller. Now users can take to the sticks to mow down zombies with the efficiency and brilliance only Tegra 4 and SHIELD can provide.
Do you think you have what it takes to fend-off the zombie apocalypse? Those currently on the zombie defensive are raving about how great the game looks; here’s what they’re saying:
“[Dead on Arrival 2] is clearly built for the latest and greatest, including NVIDIA’s Tegra 4. Also, if you’re a lucky owner of an NVIDIA Shield, you’ll be delighted to know that DoA 2 supports the Shield’s control pad.”
“If you are running a Tegra 4 Android device then you will be treated to some extra visual goodies.”
“Dead on Arrival 2 is optimized for Tegra devices and Tegra 4 in particular… At maximum settings the textures are incredibly detailed and there are high-resolution reflections and shadows.”
“And for all of you Tegra-powered device owners, there are a few extra graphic-related goodies in there for you too.”
Be sure to stop by TegraZone for additional information on Dead on Arrival 2 and head over to Google Play to download the game for free!
Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Gets a Boost from Tegra 4
This week, Mad Catz provided another glimpse at their inaugural venture into the console space – the M.O.J.O. Micro-Console. In an illustration of just how serious the company is about delivering high-performance gaming, Mad Catz packed M.O.J.O. with the most elite SoC on the market – NVIDIA’s Tegra 4. Not only will the M.O.J.O. be powered by the ultra-fast Tegra 4, but it will also have access to Tegra Zone, allowing gamers access to all of the hottest Tegra 4-optimized titles including new launches like Dead on Arrival 2 and Chuck’s Challenge. As an Android-based console, M.O.J.O. also offers the expansive Google Play store. Between NVIDIA’s SHIELD and Mad Catz Tegra 4-powered M.O.J.O., Android gaming has experienced a serious shot of life – thanks to the unparalleled gaming performance provided by Tegra 4.
Check out the recent media buzz surrounding the M.O.J.O.:
“We’re to understand that it’s better than ever, working with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, NVIDIA Tegra Zone for games, and the Google Play media store for access to all things Android.”
“M.O.J.O. is an open platform that’s compatible with Tegra Zone (thanks to the Tegra 4 inside), Google Play and Amazon Appstore games”
“That price reflects the beefy-for-an-Android-console specs inside the box. The M.O.J.O. upgrades the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Ouya to a Tegra 4 processor and offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.”