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NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Launch In Europe, Google Fiber Partnership, New Entertainment Options, And More

NVIDIA finally announced launch details for GeForce NOW (formerly GRID) earlier today, but the company has still more news to share. It's expanding availability for the SHIELD hardware and adding new features to its already impressive repertoire. It's all kicking off tomorrow.

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NVIDIA Recalls Some SHIELD Pro Android TV Units For Hard Drive Failures

NVIDIA's customer service department has had a tough time of it recently. After a massive recall of last year's SHIELD Tablet for faulty batteries that posed a possible fire hazard, it's come to light that some SHIELD Android TV units will also need to be recalled. Luckily, this one isn't quite so widespread: the recall only affects the SHIELD Pro model (the one with the 500GB conventional hard drive), and even then, only a small portion of units seem to be affected. Also there's almost no chance of them exploding, which is a good thing.

According to this official post from an NVIDIA Customer Care representative, some SHIELD Pro units have hard drives that are prone to failure, making the system unusable.

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[Update: Winners] Win One Of Three NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Bundles

 

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Today a number of great games have all become available for NVIDIA SHIELD all around the same time. To make sure that you have something to play these titles on, we're giving away three bundles of hardware.

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NVIDIA Quietly Extends The Free Period Of Its GRID Game Streaming Service For SHIELD Owners Into September

NVIDIA's GRID gaming service, which streams high-end PC games to the company's Android-powered hardware at extremely low latency, has been promoted as one of its best exclusive features. Unfortunately, NVIDIA seems to be having a lot of trouble getting over the last few hurdles to actually launch the thing. GRID has been in beta since late 2013, and was scheduled to launch its paid service in July as of the SHIELD Android TV announcement. Now it looks like the full launch has been pushed back again.

Shortly after the SHIELD TV's product launch in June NVIDIA announced that it would be bumping the free preview period of GRID to July 31st, with a full service launch in August.

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[Sort Of Deal Alert] NVIDIA Temporarily Drops Price Of Shield Consoles With Bundled Shield Remote By $25 (Now $225/$325 Total)

Mulling a Shield purchase in the near future? Well, if you want your Shield TV/console/thing with the official remote accessory (not to be confused with the controller), NVIDIA's got a deal going temporarily that'll get you $25 off a bundled console/remote package. And yes, that means NVIDIA was valuing this remote at fifty bucks previously.

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At $25, it's definitely a hell of a lot easier to stomach (honestly, I think this thing should be thrown in gratis, but whatever). The deal is on both Amazon and NVIDIA's own website (link). You have to buy both, sadly - the remote is not 50% off when purchased alone, so current Shield owners without remotes won't be getting any discount love.

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[Update: More Details] NVIDIA Announces Voluntary Recall Of SHIELD Tablets Due To Risk Of Overheating Batteries, Offers Free Replacements

The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet came out a year ago, and it was one of the best on the market at the time. Even now, it remains a solid way to spread Android across eight inches of screen.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Software Upgrade 3.1 Brings Android 5.1.1, Required For Voluntary Recall

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NVIDIA SHIELD Console Gets Minor Upgrade To Version 1.3 With Improved Wi-Fi And Controller Connectivity

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The Android Version Of The Dolphin Nintendo Gamecube/Wii Emulator Is Coming Along Nicely - Here It Is Running On A SHIELD TV

Emulating games is hard, y'all. There are a ton of classic game emulators for Android, and most of them work really well... replicating relatively ancient, low-power hardware for two dimensions. Even something like the 20-year-old PlayStation is difficult (but not impossible) to emulate on the latest mobile hardware, which is objectively about a hundred times more powerful. That's what you get when console makers create more or less customized hardware and software that doesn't have to play nice with any other platforms.

We've written about Dolphin before: it's an extremely popular emulator for the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii that runs well on modern gaming PCs.

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Half-Life 2: Episode 2 Comes To SHIELD, Along With A Handful Of Other Killer New Games

NVIDIA changed the landscape of Android gaming with the original SHIELD. And with that, came top-tier titles of recent years, like Valve favorites Portal and Half-Life 2. Since then, the company has released a slew of killer games specifically for SHIELD devices, including Half-Life 2: Episode One. Today, the saga continues with the third Half-Life game available for Android, Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

HL2: E2 (which is available exclusively for SHIELD Android TV) is joined by a handful of other kickass titles, all of which should be available today in Google Play. Here's a quick rundown, starting with the star of the show.

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