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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable

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NVIDIA SHIELD
Kids to Adults
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews) 118 answered questions

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Edition: Standard Edition
Standard Edition
  • Stream PC games.
  • Play android games.
  • Run apps, movies, music, and more.


Product Details

Edition: Standard Edition
  • 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: 8 x 8 x 5 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 31, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,374 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Edition: Standard Edition

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 Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
341 of 365 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the equipped PC Gamer September 2, 2013
Edition:Standard Edition
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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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My second screen of choice December 15, 2013
Edition:Standard Edition
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
In short, here it is. Nvidia SHIELD, the portable handheld android gaming with the option to REMOTELY GAMESTREAM using your desktop's resources and project the video to your SHIELD.

Anyway, here is a bit about myself, stuff, and why I am so excited for the SHIELD. I purchased this because I wanted to game on when I am at school and at my friend's house. I have a mid-tier gaming desktop--i7-4770k @4.7Ghz, Vengeance 16GB 1866, and GTX760 with SLI upgrade ability--, which I put a lot of effort to overclock, optimize, and push to its limit and, importantly, do not want to spend extra on a gaming laptop that is expensive for its performance. I use a chromebook and a linux laptop primarily for school and a part-time job. If I were to buy a gaming laptop, then I would have three laptops carrying around like an idiot. As a result, SHIELD becomes a must-have gaming device for me.

If you are interested in SHIELD, here are the reasons why you should consider SHIELD to be your main gaming device.

1. You have a mid-tier and up above gaming desktop that meets the gamestream requirement to make the most out of SHIELD.

GPU:
- Desktop: GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU, or
- Notebook (Beta): GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and select Kepler-based GTX 600M GPUs
> CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz or higher
> System Memory: 4 GB or higher
> Software: GeForce Experience(tm) application and latest GeForce drivers
> OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
> Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended).

2. You are most of the time on-the-go at school, work, abroad, and etc., which have decent wifi.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for android and PC streaming
Awesome. Can't wait for the inevitable tegra x1 version of the shield. Enjoying the free til 6/15 Grid games.
Published 11 hours ago by Ariston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This game system is the coolest. I hope Nvidia offers more of these in the future.
Published 2 days ago by Solarbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great device.
I love it! When you add emulators play any old school roms, everything is auto mapped which is a big plus!
Published 3 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinda like an emulator, streaming device, AppleTV and Android tablet...
Outstanding device! The controller itself feels good. Runs android well. Good screen. The part that impresses me is Nvidia GRID streaming. Read more
Published 3 days ago by GOB PROGRAM Y/N
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, it was xmas gift to my son
amazing ,
it was xmas gift to my son , he like it and he say its amazing , easy to use and get games
Published 7 days ago by F.Adnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was awesome and fast thank you
Published 7 days ago by Heriberto Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gaming device
Awesome device!! buttons and triggers feel great to the touch, mapping software for touch games is excellent. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Adrian Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes my son loved it
Published 8 days ago by cuttiepie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful device! Feels great in hand
Wonderful device! Feels great in hand. Super fast! Easy to use! When you hold this, you feel like it's something special.
Published 9 days ago by Eric Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Son loves it.. Root it and you can add just about every emulator there is..
Published 9 days ago by Kevin mckean
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Edition: Standard Edition