Could you actually do 'work' on a Shield?

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2013 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: shield, nvidia, nifty, microsoft, grid vca, byod

Remember NVIDIA's Shield, that game streaming device Ryan was playing with at QuakeCon but which doesn't seem to fit the role of just a gaming device since it can harness the power of other nearby NVIDIA GPUs?  The Register is proposing a rather interesting usage scenario for the Shield by using the GRID VCA technology which is the basis of communications with NVIDA's servers and virtualized GPUs, which is also happens to function well with many of the virtualization programs currently in use.

When they saw Windows games being played on a Shield at VM World they realized that there would be nothing impossible about providing Office 365 as a service if you were running Server 2012 with RemoteFX installed.  With HDMI out you can have the monitor of your choice and the Bluetooth capability means you can support a keyboard and mouse and suddenly you have the coolest thinclient on the block.  In fact you might even be able to sit near a server with several Tesla cards installed and run CAD programs if someone could figure out how to stream a CAD program to the Shield.  

Or you could just game at work.

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"Some grumble that the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept deserves to be called Spend Your Own Money in recognition of the cost of providing a computer hitting workers' hip pockets instead of employers'.

Such grumbles may be less sustainable now that NVIDIA's $US299 SHIELD portable gaming console can run Windows applications."

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Source: The Register
August 30, 2013 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Jwolf (not verified)

Work on this item would be a joke. This product falls into the same line as the Sony Vita. Will fade as time progresses.

August 30, 2013 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I love the concept of the shield but it seems to have too many stipulations to work forcing itself into niche market status.

Also, that price is absurd.

September 2, 2013 | 09:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Plug it into a monitor and keyboard (via it's HDMI and USB-host ports) and you have a VDI with the added bonus of a battery and integrated screen for portability. I can think of a few use cases where it's easier (and cheaper) than having two permanently installed VDIs.

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