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Nvidia launches SHIELD Tablet bundle offers in the UK

by Mark Tyson on 5 March 2015, 11:27

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Valve

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To celebrate its GDC 'Made to game' announcements Nvidia has created some new 'Ultimate' SHIELD Tablet bundles for UK customers. The deal combines an Nvidia SHIELD tablet computer with a SHIELD controller, bundle of games and custom tablet cover, depending upon the model of tablet you buy.

Nvidia SHIELD tablet buyers can get a nice starter bundle of games and accessories free when they buy from one of the qualifying retailers in the UK. The bundles are already available and in stock, available from our friends over at SCAN Computers (see below) among others.

In simple terms purchasers of the 16GB Nvidia SHIELD tablet will receive a free SHIELD controller and The Green Box games bundle. Purchasers of the 32GB Nvidia SHIELD tablet will get both the free SHIELD controller, The Green Box games bundle AND a tablet carry cover/stand.

As a reminder for readers the Green Box 'contains' three Valve games; Half-Life 2: Episode One (optimised for the Tegra K1 and exclusive to the SHIELD platform), Half-Life 2 and Portal. The SHIELD tablet provides access to Nvidia GRID, the 'Netflix for games', allowing streaming of many top PC titles - which you don't necessarily own - at up to 1080p and 60fps. The latest Android Lollipop OS is installed on Nvidia's tablets.

It might be tricky for those interested to take the plunge and buy one of these 16GB/32GB SHIELD tablets (costing £240 and £300 respectively) with recent news of devices with overlapping functionality coming soon. We have recently heard of the Tegra X1 powered Nvidia SHIELD Android TV console coming soon and the Valve Steam Link hardware on its way – both could bring great PC games to your TV. Then there are rumours of an updated Tegra X1 powered SHIELD tablet due to launch 'in a couple of months' – that will provide a significant boost to tablet gaming power. Also buyers might want to wait until Nvidia provides details on the pricing for its GRID games streaming service this summer, its currently free for SHIELD device owners.

These Nvidia SHIELD tablet bundles are available from now until the end of March.



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These are decent enough bundles, but you can't help worrying that it's an effort to shift old stock before they launch the new X1-powered Shield tablet…


But then there's always something better coming just around the corner! :juggle:
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These are decent enough bundles, but you can't help worrying that it's an effort to shift old stock before they launch the new X1-powered Shield tablet… But then there's always something better coming just around the corner! :juggle:
Yep, there was a rash of “Shield X1 Tablet due in March (17-20)” stories out last month, but so far most folks like AP etc are saying that July is a lot more likely for “Tablet 2”. That said, like you, I'm thinking that these latest deals are shelf-clearing before the new gear hits. Either that or they want to boost the end-FY figures.

Luckily, I just had a road-tax demand and another large bill, so I'm flat broke again - which means no funds to get a new gadget. :(
I've been on the market for one of these since the original 5“ controller model launched. Still too expensive for my tastes though. Hopefully they'll drop more once the new model comes out.

Edit: Just checked out price of second hand older 5” controller models and they cost more than a new 16Gb tablet (£250 vs £230). Gosh they hold their price don't they…
I would love to know how many Shields they sold so far - be interesting to see if this has taken off.