All over their website Nvidia says you need a Gtx 600 series (at least a 650) or more to run Project shield and I have a 560ti. The 560ti gets better performance then the 650 doesn't it? Or does Nvidia only require a 600 series cards to promote sales of their newest lineup? I would be quite disappointed if Nvidia didn't allow 500 series cards to work with it.
The basic requirement is a modern gaming PC with a Kepler-based GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU
and a Wi-Fi router. The preliminary detailed requirements are:
GPU: NVIDIA® Kepler™-based GeForce GTX 650 (Desktop) or GTX 660M (Notebook) or higher
CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent or higher
System Memory: 4 GB or higher
Software: GeForce Experience™ application and latest GeForce drivers
OS: Windows 7 or higher
Router: Router: 802.11a/g/n (Recommended: 802.11n Dual Band / MIMO Router
The Kepler card processes the video into a compressed stream that is sent via Wifi to the Shield hardware. Shield sends back control data from the pad to the computer via wifi.
Only Kepler cards have this Grid processing tech in them.
The HDMI on the Shield unit is output only TV.
Shield only has the ability to run Android games on it's own. If you want to run PC games, they are processed on the PC and streamed via wifi, having nothing to do with the Shield's HDMI port.
That stinks! I was looking into this as I thought it would be a good tool for farming borderlands 2.
My Q6600 @ 3.6 and GTX 570 have me maxed out for settings with a 50+ min frame rate but it can not stream to shield. I have a really Highspeed connection at home 80Mbps+ so this really looked like it was going to be for me but it seems not.