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Valve's Portal Coming as Tegra 4 Android App to Nvidia Shield

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang had a "one more thing" announcement at his GTC keynote this morning, and that was news of Valve's Portal game coming to the Shield handheld.

While Shield owners can already play Portal on their devices through GameStreaming from their Steam accounts, this new version will be entirely standalone running natively on Tegra 4 and won't require an Internet connection.

"Nvidia has created a very powerful and unique device with Shield," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "Our companies have a strong history working together and we're looking forward to Portal's arrival on Shield."

Neither company would commit to a release date other than "coming soon." We hope that this ushers in other ports of popular Source engine Valve games to Shield.

Also announced today is a temporary price drop for Shield down to $199 and remote GameStreaming.

Stay tuned for more from GTC.

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Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • izayaorihara
    Beats the other on Android.

    Watch the language - G
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  • ltdementhial
    3DChainfire + tegra pugin = profit?
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  • ltdementhial
    3DChainfire + tegra pugin = profit?
    plugin*
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  • tadej petric
    We can play a 7 year old PC game on Shield. Yay?
    It may be 7y old but it's still one of the best games I've played.And even if I may do hate all these portable devices I think Valve made the right move with this. They're awesome as always.
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  • Cryio
    Portal 1 = A DirectX 6-9 game that will be ported to (probably) OpenGL ES3, that means Android 4.3 and up. Overall nice, but I'm not impressed.
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  • David Cruit
    At least it's better than modern combat.
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  • Djentleman
    First real console or pc to come to Android. Very impressive considering android chips that powerful in comparison to pc's.
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  • xyster
    JANE!!!
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