Whether it be because of poor sales or a bad design decision, we may never know. Reports suggest that the first Shield sold well to begin with but sales slumped pretty soon after. Whatever the cause, Nvidia have obviously decided that a repeat of Shield 1 with a faster processor and resigned shell was not a route they wanted to go down. I’m sure everybody is aware by now that the upcoming Shield 2 (or just Shield, according to their website) will be an eight inch tablet with a separate controller.
So is there a future in portable Android gaming? Chinese factories have certainly slowed their onslaught of incrementally upgraded handhelds recently. A couple of years ago it seemed like a new product was being released every couple of months from JXD or Yinlips. Newcomers GPD have shown some promise with their machines, but the frenzy of activity and general buzz of new products has definitely waned since 2012.
But does this spell the end, or is it merely a lull, a hiccup in an ongoing quest for portable gaming perfection. I can’t answer that, I hope it’s not the end but I would be very happy to see a move away from Android as an OS on these things. I wish Gamepark Holdings would come back.
The Shield Tablet launched in the USA on the 29th of July, and it’s 5 days until it makes its UK debut. I think it’ll fail, but I’m a pessimist. Is anyone else buying one? I suspect not.