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NVIDIA to Gamers: Tablets Offer So Much More Than You Think

Forget browsing the Web, posting status updates, and reading your email. According to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA  ) is making a concerted effort to inform consumers tablets are capable of so much more.

Specifically, Steve was surprised to see just how much focus NVIDIA placed on its Tegra NOTE 7 tablets going into last weekend's PAX East 2014 conference. NVIDIA even gave away dozens of NOTE 7s at the event, while highlighting several key gaming-centric features including new titles optimized for the platform, front-facing speakers, options for playing controller-based games, and the ability to connect the NOTE 7 to large displays.

This doesn't mean NVIDIA is aiming to challenge current tablet industry leaders like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) on the sales front. At the same time, however, NVIDIA's efforts could go a long way toward shifting consumers' narrow view of what tablets are actually meant to do.

To hear Steve's full take on how NVIDIA is trying to change the tablet landscape, check out the full video.

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  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 3:14 PM, rustianowski wrote:

    tablets will never compare to pc's or consoles for high end gaming. Which is really the only gaming besides fad android games that earn any real revenue.

    when battlefield is realeased on a tablet that has the same ease of use, that other platforms have then I might start drinking your kool-aid.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 4:40 PM, TMFSymington wrote:

    @rustianowski, Might be sooner than you think. Last week NVIDIA showed off its Tegra 5 mobile Kepler tech running Battlefield beautifully.

    Fool on!

    Steve (TMFSymington)

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 5:12 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    No thanks. And sorry you got shut out of the console market. Keep making the PC cards though.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 5:14 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    A mobile system is never going to match a console/PC for two reasons:

    1) Thermal issues . . . fast processors generate a lot of heat and you can't dissipate it well in a tablet.

    2) Energy issues . . . faster processors consume a lot of energy such that your tablet battery will drain fast.

    Tablets are great for simple games, watching video, and web browsing. But heavy 3D processing? Nope. But use the right tool for the right job.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 5:17 PM, spinod wrote:

    Nvidia got passed up for console cards, so now they are trying to make up for lost revenue. Yep tablets sure are the best bet for them. For gamers, nah. I've got a tablet, I've been looking for games for a while now. All we really get are RPG clones, pay to win crap, knock off console games, or some crap you play for 10 minutes then delete.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 10:16 PM, rav55 wrote:

    NVidia will say ANYTHING to sell Tegra. What a joke.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 11:14 PM, puppybone69 wrote:

    And still the console fanboys prove their ignorance by demonstrating that they've never played anything but console games and their girlfriend's favorite mobile games, they have no idea that other mobile gamers are playing games on par or superior to console games, or that such games are available. They assume that everything on mobile is an Angry Birds clone or a knockoff of a retro classic console game, because that's all they ever play on mobile!

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2014, at 11:35 PM, Desktopguy wrote:

    I Think tablets will not ever beat a Console or PC

    For one Reason Ask yourself would you rather have a game that you use a Controller.Or a Touch Screen that you need to keep moving your fingers to get results and that can get really annoying and your fingers would get tired really quick.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2014, at 9:39 AM, guluj wrote:

    Playing anything other than games like Chess and Bubbles is not really worth it on a tablet. One would get bored of it very soon.

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2014, at 10:22 AM, TMFSymington wrote:

    @Desktopguy, Did you watch the video? Controller inputs/optimization for the NOTE7 are one of the things NVIDIA is showcasing right now.

    Fool on!


  • Report this Comment On April 24, 2014, at 10:24 AM, JWSviper wrote:

    The best games on tablets are the other older consoles emulated. I love playing Super Nintendo games on it using my USB Xbox 360 controller and hooking it up to my TV. As for the "Games" on the Google Play Store, I have not found anything I would actually want to pay money for. Sure, Batman and Injustice have great graphics, but aren't that dynamic of a game. Playing a hack and slash on them is not very easy when you have to use on screen controllers. There have to be a lot of improvements before I can say a tablet will overtake any other option right now.

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