Last month Nvidia unleashed the Shield portable gaming system, a $299 Tegra 4-powered combination dual-analog game pad and touchscreen Android tablet with the ability to stream gameplay directly from a gaming PC. One of those selling points is not like the others.
When Nvidia announced its intention to make the leap from making video cards and mobile systems-on-a-chip to a full-fledged portable gaming system, the gaming community responded with much pointing and laughing. They called it a glorified tablet with a controller attached. They said there was no market for it. They called it the next N-Gage — ouch.