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NVIDIA SHIELD

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  • Stream PC games.
  • Play android games.
  • Run apps, movies, music, and more.
  • The ultimate portable for serious gamers.

Frequently Bought Together

NVIDIA SHIELD + NVIDIA SHIELD Carrying Case + Skinomi® TechSkin - NVIDIA Project Shield Screen Protector Premium HD Clear Film / Ultra High Definition Invisible and Anti-Bubble Crystal Shield with Free Lifetime Replacement Warranty - Retail Packaging
Price for all three: $249.92

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Product Details

  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00E3667XQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.8 x 7.5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 31, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

The Ultimate Portable for Serious Gamers

NVIDIA SHIELD combines cutting-edge components and technologies to provide incredible mobile performance and precision gameplay for serious gamers. From next-generation Android games to wirelessly streaming PC games, SHIELD is gaming The Way It's Meant to be Played.

portable


PC Gaming Made Portable

Now, you can get the full GeForce GTX gaming experience when away from your PC. Just wirelessly connect SHIELD to your home PC to stream your favorite games with amazing graphics and immersive sound on a console-grade controller. Stream anywhere in your home Wi-Fi network, or even connect to your PC over the Internet to game on the go.



Android Gaming — The Way It's Meant to Be Played

Game with the screaming-fast graphics of the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, a stunning 5-inch display, an integrated game controller, booming stereo sound, and support for hundreds of games! You can even run the most popular game emulators available on Google Play to relive your retro gaming days.

android gaming
movies, music, more


Movies, Music, and More

SHIELD puts amazing entertainment in the palm of your hands. Get lost in the hottest movies from Hulu Plus or Netflix. Listen to your favorite music with booming, bass-reflex audio. Explore Google Play for music, books, movies, TV shows, and apps anywhere you go. Even control an AR Drone — right from your SHIELD.



Features

tegra
A Blazing-Fast Mobile Processor

The NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor features a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU and quad-core ARM A15 CPU for graphic-intensive Android games without compromising battery life.

controller
Console-Grade Game Controller

NVIDIA SHIELD is the perfect mobile game controller, ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, whether you're playing Android games or streaming PC games on the go.

multitouch
HD Multi-Touch LCD

A vibrant 5-inch LCD tablet display makes text, colors, and images look sharp at every angle in all your favorite apps, games, and movies.


speakers
High-Fidelity Speakers Engineered to Immerse You

SHIELD takes mobile sound farther with a unique bass-reflex, tuned-port system designed for enthusiasts who crave high-fidelity audio when playing games, movies, and music.


wifi
Expanded Connectivity

Stay connected with 802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi for fast PC game streaming, as well as a Mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack. Plus, free up your SHIELD memory by moving your app and game files to an external microSD card.


kitkat
Android KitKat OS

SHIELD comes with full support for the latest KitKat operating system from Google for easy access to all your favorite Android games and applications.


gamestream
NVIDIA GameStream

NVIDIA GameStream lets you stream games from your GeForce GTX-based PC and play them on SHIELD's integrated console-grade controller with ultra-low latency.


mapper
Gamepad Mapper

Gamepad mapper allows you to add gamepad support to native touch Android games, so you can play thousands of games using SHIELD console-grade controller. Use NVIDIA's default game profiles, or create your own.


console
Console Mode

Transform your NVIDIA SHIELD into a full living room gaming and entertainment experience on your big-screen TV. Sync a Bluetooth controller and play your Android and PC games in HD.


tegrazone
NVIDIA TegraZone

Get anytime access to your personal library of Android and PC games, search for the hottest SHIELD- optimized games, and stay current with the latest SHIELD news.


4k tv
4K Ultra-HD Ready

Play your favorite movie files like FLV, MKV, and even 4K media on next-gen 4K TVs.


grid
Grid Cloud Gaming Beta

For a limited time, stream PC games for free from the cloud to your SHIELD.



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
239 of 254 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the equipped PC Gamer September 2, 2013
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
You may have read other reviews about the Nvidia Shield before making it here to mine. What you'll see other reviewer's saying is that the Nvidia Shield is a nitch item. I'd have to agree with this claim. Its primarily a device to play your PC games on, and you have to own a lot of high-end hardware to use it properly. Let's talk about the requirements and about how it performs outside of the requirements.

So the Shield requires a modern gaming PC with at least a GTX 650 Video Card. If you have a lower 6 series or a 5/4 series, this will not work for you. And even if you have the bare minimum GTX 650, keep in mind that this card is not powerful enough to run many modern games on maxed out settings. So this will have an impact on how things look on the Shield (from a quality perspective). I am personally using a 4 GB GDDR5 GTX 680 in my rig, so keep in mind that what I'm saying is based on my experiences with that card. So having a very powerful PC is one half of the Shield equation. The other half is having a very high-end robust network. Nvidia recommends that you use a dual-band router capable of 5 Ghz. They also have a list of routers that are directly supported for PC Game Streaming (of which the Apple Airport Express 2nd Gen is the cheapest). I have personally tested the shield on several routers. It is possible to stream your PC games over a 2.4 Ghz frequency. However, there are a lot of considerations that will impact that sort of performance. If you live out in the middle of nowhere with no other nearby networks and paper-thin walls, then 2.4 Ghz may be enough for you. For me, I experienced about a 30 foot radius from my router where 2.4 Ghz was doable. Going farther way than that disconnected my session.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My second screen of choice December 15, 2013
I bought my shield at launch for the PC streaming, as my gaming PC is on the television in the living room and I was tired of waiting until the kids were in bed to play my games. Since then it has taken on a much more central role in my entertainment choices and uses.

The speakers are loud enough to hear in the shower from outside of it easily. Combined with the way the controller is a stand for the screen that stays put perfectly, I often have it propped up watching television from my slingbox or streaming hulu. The battery is heroic and it keeps a stable wifi connection from far away on 5 GHz better than my Note 2 keeps it on 2.4 GHz.

The controller itself is outstanding for playing PC games. When you are streaming games the video still goes to the monitor as well, but the sound only comes from the Shield. I wish this weren't the case, as the controller is great and I would happily use it even when I don't need the streaming.

Android games play outstanding. With the latest OS update the mappings for games that don't support the controller have a mapping for both the accelerometers and best of all you can map a joystick as "FPS look" - even games that don't support anything at all like Dead Space work perfectly.

Plug in the (strangely not MHL and mini instead of micro) HDMI cable and it will ask if you want to enable console mode. If you don't, the screen shows on both screens at once. If you do the Shield switches to 1080p output. Game performance doesn't drop a hair - it is pretty impressive all told. You can then close the lid and use a bluetooth gamepad to control everything .
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58 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emulation powerhouse, the handheld for the PC gamer August 15, 2013
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
4.5/5 and worth its purchase price all day long. The RETAIL purchase price, not the inflated price asked by these resellers.

The Shield is an emulation powerhouse and is the best device on the market today for playing classic games either on the go or connected to a TV. Pandora and the Xperia Play deserve honorable mention and the XP fills its niche as a much smaller device.

Build quality is apparently excellent and the unit is very solid. I don't love the small size of the screen relative to the bezel size, it looks a bit silly and is wasted real estate. I can't help but envy the Archos Gamepad and Wikipad for the larger screens on some level, even if they are using inferior hardware. The unit is also heavy but manageable at roughly 20 ounces, which is up is about twice a PS Vita or 3 times more than an Xperia Play. The speakers are very loud and reasonably clear, but I find it lacks low end. There is also no physical menu button which is a huge problem for some programs, like making it impossible to save in ScummVM. I also find the R1 and L1 buttons to be uncomfortably small. But I'm nitpicking; the Shield is a very cool device for anyone and a marvelous device for emulation enthusiasts. This must trump the Pandora as the ultimate handheld emulation console. If you love Retroarch on your phone then you'll love it even more on the Shield.

I haven't been able to test PC streaming because I have an ATI card in my gaming rig, but the reports are positive and improvements in the beat streaming program are forthcoming.

Pros: high build quality
High quality screen with excellent viewing angles
Emulation powerhouse. Get Retroarch and a few other emulators and you're good to go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars NVIDIA SHIELD - LOVE IT!
I have had this for a little over a week and I can not put it down! I absolutely love it. A word of advice though for the PC streaming... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Torn
Not sure what to do with this. I never use it, literally never but I have a tough time blaming the product. Very well put together, feels solid and durable. Read more
Published 5 days ago by curtis rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing gadget
I purchased this at a gamestop because i had some store credit there. Anyway, this thing is awesome. I initially thought this thing would be a paperweight when it was announced. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ponskippa
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Device
I am one of those aging gamers and have to say not really having been in the mobile scene since my original Game Boy many years ago this is a pretty amazing device, when you take... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Greg Yosmali
5.0 out of 5 stars loving it and very happy!
My grandson has asked me to buy this for him, he is really loving this and is very much satisfied.
Published 12 days ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars It is awesome and getting better
getting better with nvidia geforce 2.0 that released today. Get one while they are on sell, you will not be let down.
Published 12 days ago by Daniel Jarnagin
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific little multimedia toy.
This is a great little gadget, way more fun than you might think at first glance. Yes, it looks like an Xbox "Duke" controller from 2001 crossed with a flip-up GameBoy... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jon Folkers
5.0 out of 5 stars This device does amazing things.
Amazing things you say? Yes, in every sense of the word, yes. These are things that are blocked by portable systems like Nintendo, Apple, Microsoft, and especially Sony- because,... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars it's great
it is a great machinei love playing it. One problem is unless you have a really powerful graphics card some games get quite laggy. Read more
Published 18 days ago by mitch lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Had this for less than a week, but i'm in love.
Great device! Some people don't like the fact that it is an Android device, I think this is AWESOME, have hand held gaming device and i can also go on the web, read comics, check... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Demon
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