Nintendo’s Wii U is a home video game console and the successor to the Wii. It competes with the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. The Wii U GamePad is the standard controller for the Wii U game console. It sure looks like a portable game system, but it doesn’t work like a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DS. Nintendo needs something that can compete with the other consoles that are available. There opportunity awaits.
It is July 31, 2013 a company Nvidia releases the Nvidia Portable. An Android based gaming system.
with Nvidia GameStream the portable allows you to play games running on you PC with a GTX 650 or higher video card. They provide a update to let play in console mode at 720p, or 1080p ( either with wireless or MicroHDMI ) along with Nvidia’s own games on GeForce. It can also access Google Play store. a xpad style controller with mapping capabilities.
July 29, 2014 Nvidia Shield tablet is released the second portable gaming device that is also Android based the controller not permanently connected to the screen. Up to four controllers can be connected to the screen. It features a 8-inch screen 1920×1200 display and can output 4k resolution signal to a television via HDMI. Due to over heating problems the tablet was refreshed and renamed the Shield tablet k1.
The K1 was released in November 2015. Doom 3, Half Life, series, Borderlands 2, BLTPS, and a handfull of other games can be downloaded and played. PC to tablet game streaming. GeForce has a growing library of games. Google Play store and emulation are also available to play on the device.
In May of 2016 Nvidia starts the process of certification for the successor to the k1 with the FCC. From what is know it would have been a impressive device with more power than the Switch.
August 2016 Nvidia cancelled plans for their new device, withdrawing the plans from the FCC.
Nintendo revels the Switch in October of 2016 and launches the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017. Within two months Nvidia stops production of the k1 gaming tablet. Speculation suggested the two companies had made a deal. and their new device would conflict with the Nintendo Switch that uses similar technology.
Nintendo realised what Nvidia had done with the Shield tablet and saw a opportunity to create a device they had wanted to Wii U to be. A true mobile gaming device with console capabilities. And The Switch was born. The Nintendo Switch is a great device made mostly for mobile gaming it falls behind as a true console but that’s okay. that was not Nintendo’s intention anyway. They wanted to bring AAA games you can play anywhere. Only something Nvidia had really done with any success.
And now we all have a chance to play on the best mobile gaming platform available today because two companies Nintendo and Nvidia seen a opportunity and ran with it. They will benefit greatly from their decision to partner. All gamers no matter the platform they play should be congratulating them for their innovation.
THANKS NINTENDO AND NVIDIA.