Stormcaster codename suggests Nvidia is engaged on a brand new Shield gadget

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Evidence has surfaced that factors to Nvidia engaged on each a brand new Shield Controller in addition to a brand new Shield Remote. This is predicated on two new gadget codenames unearthed from Nvidia’s newest public supply launch, particularly Stormcaster and Friday. The first is a controller and the latter a smaller distant. And if Nvidia is engaged on new controllers, then it could stand to cause that we could possibly be in for a brand new Shield gadget releasing this 12 months too.

It’s been a few years since Nvidia final refreshed its Android-powered Shield TV box, however it nonetheless stays the perfect little field of methods to plug into your tele. The Android TV OS is stable, and has improved an enormous quantity since its inception and, in the event you’re a GeForce gamer, it’s the right technique to play PC games in your lounge. Whether that’s streamed out of your gaming rig upstairs or from the cloud by way of GeForce Now.

The present Shield unit from 2017 remains to be a mighty highly effective little gadget too. Its Tegra X1 silicon is highly effective sufficient for any Android app you wish to throw its manner, and it’s additionally one of many best-supported media gamers too. That does beg the query, nevertheless, why would Nvidia hassle to replace it now?

The codenames have come from a narrative on XDA Developers and goes into why it thinks Stormcaster and Friday could be used for Shield peripherals. It’s largely primarily based on the truth that the present peripherals are known as Thunderstrike and Pepper, and the truth that Stormcaster is denoted as a Bluetooth HID controller, which accepts USB enter too, and the opposite is a Bluetooth HID distant.

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Nvidia did reply to the location’s enquiry into the codenames and doesn’t deny they exist – they’re, in spite of everything, included in a public Nvidia launch – however it does level out that it may well’t say “which codenames refer to product concepts that are active vs which ones are inactive.” It does verify, nevertheless, that the 2 new codenames positively don’t check with merchandise which have launched publicly, however doesn’t go into whether or not they may really be deliberate for manufacturing.

Tangentially, an eagle-eyed, although somewhat intrusive commuter has spotted an Nvidia employee engaged on a doc about Project R.O.N. The uploaded picture appears to check with the developer submission deadlines for a possible Google Home-like gadget with somewhat Shield-y styling.

The blurry zoomed-in picture appears to check with an early May and late June deadline for brand spanking new Project R.O.N. ‘skills’ utilizing hologram and AI respectively.

Quite what Project R.O.N. finally ends up being is, in the mean time, unclear. It may really be a brand new Shield TV gadget, or one thing within the Shield household which, just like the Google Home, doesn’t have to be plumbed right into a display screen. If Nvidia is engaged on a controller and distant for a brand new Shield field although it definitely wouldn’t be a stretch to assume these two leaks may be in a roundabout way associated.