Nvidia is sending out crowbars to the press.
So what would you do with a bright "Nvidia green" crowbar if it was dropped off by FedEx? If you were Gordon Freeman, you'd whack it against the head of some mutant slimeball from another dimension. But you're not Gordon Freeman, so the best you can do is throw it aside and play Half-Life 2 on Nvidia's Shield handheld console.
That's right. Half-Life 2 is next in line, following Portal.
Of course, we can't get Nvidia to cough up any juicy details just yet. But there's no question as to what Nvidia is suggesting by the lovely gift. It features the Half-Life 2 logo, a question asking "What Would Gordon Do?" and the Nvidia Shield logo, all in blue print. Fairly obvious.
In March, Nvidia hinted to the possibility that Valve's Source engine was up and running on Android when the company announced that Portal would be arriving soon. However, just yesterday we reported that the original Portal game will actually be arriving next week. That, of course, leads to speculation that Half-Life 2 and other Source games can be played on the Android console too.
Early impressions of Portal on Nvidia's Shield have been quite favorable. Half-Life 2 should be no different, if not more friendly to gamers who aren't acquainted with the classic mouse/keyboard setup. What's exciting here is that gamers can take Half-Life 2 anywhere. No bulky desktops or laptops are needed… just an HDMI port if you want to play on the big screen.
So for right now we have no release date, just a crowbar and a smiley face from Nvidia. We'll keep you updated on the news, but in the meantime, Nvidia is selling the Shield for $199.99. The console is an awesome machine that's fast, portable and capable of streaming games from a Kepler-based PC.