The Witcher 3 shown off at GDC on NVIDIA’s new Android console

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Attendees got an eyeful of both The Witcher 3 and NVIDIA’s new Shield console at GDC today.

The console, called the NVIDIA Shield Android TV Console, is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor and Google’s operating system and will stream games from the cloud to your TV at 1080p and ” up to 60 frames per second”, and movies at up to 4K. That’s what NVIDIA claims, anyway.

The console will go on sale in the US this May and retail for $199 (equivalent to around R2 400), with a UK launch happening in the second half of 2015. It will offer gamers a subscription to a game-streaming service that gives them access to over 50 games, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Crysis 3 and Doom 3: BFG Edition. More games will be added as time goes by, NVIDIA says.

To demonstrate the console in action, CD Projeckt Red’s Damien Monnier showed off The Witcher 3 running on the console at the Game Developer’s Conference earlier today, which you can see in the video below:

Monnier points out that the game runs smoothly on the console. But then it would, since it’s happening under controlled circumstances for a huge audience without a million other people also attempting to stream it at the same time, but the implication is that’s what people can expect from the service.

What isn’t said is the speed of the internet connection needed to keep things rolling along at 60fps, but I think it’s safe to say it needs a connection that’s a lot faster than what the average South African internet user has access to.

While the Shield console isn’t particularly relevant to South Africans because of our internet limitations (and the likelihood of it never actually coming here), it’s also a bit of an odd move by NVIDIA as other Android-based consoles like the Mad TV and Ouya haven’t exactly set the world on fire.

Shield console guff aside, The Witcher 3 itself looks rather sumptuous with its utterly gorgeous graphics which Monnier said weren’t even at their max settings in the video. That’s great news for gamers that love their eye candy, and something not even the game’s not-particularly-Souls-esque combat can detract from.

In case you aren’t already counting down the days, The Witcher 3 is out on the 19th of May on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Those, at least, don’t need beefy internet connections to run it.

[Source – Eurogamer]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.


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