) SHIELD portable gaming device will now enable gamers to stream
PC games to their television sets in 1080p (high definition
video). Previously, the handheld gaming console could only stream
PC games at 720p. The latest software update from NVIDIA enables
streaming by using SHIELD's console mode through a wired Ethernet
The streaming feature, GameStream, introduced by NVIDIA in
October and boasting high definition video will attract gamers
and is expected to boost holiday sales of the company. Moreover,
popular games such as Ubisoft's
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
can be played through SHIELD. Reportedly, 63 games are currently
available for streaming through SHIELD and more titles are
expected to be added, going forward.
The current software update also improves SHIELD's Gamepad
Mapper feature, which will now allow any touch-based Android
title to be played through SHIELD's analog controller inputs.
Although SHIELD is yet to attain the same level of acceptance
and popularity as portable gaming devices from peers such as Sony
and Nintendo, the new features and compatibility with popular
games will likely make an impact this holiday season.
Moreover, robust performance of NVIDIA's Tegra processors in
the near term will help it to generate incremental revenues. In
the last-reported quarter, the Tegra segment recorded strong
performance due to the shipment of Tegra 4 processors to 15
mobile device manufacturers including
), Asus, Toshiba and Acer to name a few.
However, the continuous decline in PC sales does not help
NVIDIA's GPU business. Competition from the likes of Intel and
QUALCOMM, and higher operating expenses are also expected to hurt
profitability in the near term.
Currently, NVIDIA carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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