The Nvidia Shield is one awesome little machine. Not only does it play Android hits like NOVA 3 and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour with fluid frame rates, but it's capable of streaming PC games from a GeForce GTX Kepler- or Maxwell-based gaming PC. Plug in a mini-HDMI cable, and it becomes a highly portable console that supports other Bluetooth peripherals.
"When we created Nvidia Shield, we knew we were developing an evolving platform," reads the latest blog on GeForce.com. "The promise of Shield is to provide an open platform for gamers to enjoy the best PC and Android games on any network without compromising the quality of experience. When you combine this with the open nature of Android, you start to see our vision take shape."
According to the company, community contribution is a key piece of the Shield ecosystem, and that really becomes noticeable with features such as the Gamepad Mapper, with which the community has helped create the "largest library of controller-supported Android titles on the planet." Nvidia actually encourages users to experiment, hack and create with the console.
"Boasting 300 fully supported SHIELD games, 1000+ Gamepad Mapper profiles, 100 officially supported GameStream titles, and amazing new features in Update 4, SHIELD has evolved into the ultimate portable gaming platform."
Part of that 100 GameStream library are thirteen new additions to the library. They include:
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
- Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
- Orcs Must Die! 2
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
Now may be a good time to pick up a Nvidia Shield, as the price is currently set at $199 until the end of April; the regular retail price is $249. Retailers carrying this console include Best Buy, EVGA, GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg, Think Geek and several others listed here.