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.
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Still not sold on the ShieldReply
I just got my shield a few days ago. It's a neat little device but the screen is too small and it's difficult for my old eyes to read and navigate the game menu and options prior to launching a game. I'll play around with it a few more days to see if the updates make a difference but I'm considering returning it at this point...Reply
Wait a minute.Reply
- This thing is useful only when you're at home.
- It streams games on a small screen(whats the point at home?) and have an option to connect to TV
- It costs $250
And the most dramatic:
- It DOESN'T support ALL games.
You can buy HDMI cable/wireless connect it to PC + some PS4/PS3/X360 gamepad and PLAY ALL games. So whats the point of this Nvidia's over here?
Watch the language. - G
Wait a minute. - This thing is useful only when you're at home.- It streams games on a small screen(whats the point at home?) and have an option to connect to TV- It costs $250And the most dramatic:- It DOESN'T support ALL games.You can buy HDMI cable/wireless connect it to PC + some PS4/PS3/X360 gamepad and PLAY ALL games. So whats the point of this Nvidia's over here?-They have GRID now, which lets you Stream your games from your PC anywhere, not just at home :)You gotta have good broadband, but thats with anything. Whats got me excited is the proof of concept. Nvidia has proven that people want this, and the future versions will no doubt have bigger screens, and faster hardware (its already fast anyhow)-the point is you dont have to sit in a chair at your desk to play your pc games, play anywhere, on the toilet, layed back on the couch, etc...- It cost $199- whoop-tee-doo, it supports all N64 Games, All PSP Games, All SNES Games, All Gameboy Games, All Playstation 1 Games, and 100 PC Games, plus 1000 Android Games with native support.hehe you guys are silly
Watch the language. - G
Still not seeing the advantage to Nvidia shield over my Galaxy S3 with a Moga Pro controller. I'll gladly sacrifice the PC game streaming service for the $150 difference. I'll still have Android games, emulators and one less device to carry around with me.Now if I didn't have a fancy gaming rig OR a smartphone, now you're talking. So really the prime demographic is non-jailbroken iPhone users, lolzif.Reply
Seriously.....Is there any 100 customers world wide, having this Junk device?? nVidia is envious at AMD for all console win.Reply
Yeah.. What's the point? If you need a PC in close proximity to stream these games then you may as well get a wireless games controller and play it of your PC monitor or big screen TV connected to your PC.If it was a cloud based games streaming service then I'd say its quite a deal, but even then the games are not designed to be viewed on little midget screens.Reply
Seeing at most people reaction and Nvidia sales Nvidia has proven that people don't care for a special device just to stream video games only when they have proper solution to completely use everything that is on their PC through other means. Hence i have access to all my file on PC through inernet, though i won't actually use them for work without atleast notebook by my hand. And streaming games throughout the net from your own PC is a stupid idea, ever heard of flaming? Wanna try some? Sure it may not happen but leaving your PC working just to play games while you outside is stupid to begin with, whats the point of going outside then? I have a good place for my file server(not main workstation that consumes much more power) that even if something goes wrong it won't do anything bad to my living place, how many people in the world made precoutions?13045325 said:Nvidia has proven that people want this
Also your example is strange. Noone is going to play games while going to bathroom, if you someone like this help him because this is addiction and must be cured.
If Nvidia would
If you don't like it then just shut up. You get damn good hardware for 200 bucks. I don't like android gaming but that GRID is something new. It's not perfect(yet) but it's about innovations nvidia's trying to bring in. I use this in the garden where i don't have a tv.Reply
Still not seeing the advantage to Nvidia shield over my Galaxy S3 with a Moga Pro controller. I'll gladly sacrifice the PC game streaming service for the $150 difference. I'll still have Android games, emulators and one less device to carry around with me.Now if I didn't have a fancy gaming rig OR a smartphone, now you're talking. So really the prime demographic is non-jailbroken iPhone users, lolzif.Except you dont have access to the 100+ Tegra Zone Games in the Nvidia Shield Store that are optimized for Tegra Hardware. If you just want a android gaming platform then ouya or your phone will do, but shield does way more.