|Screen Size||8 inches|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
NVIDIA SHIELD Controller (2015)
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- Precision Controller Designed for Android and PC Gaming
- Wi-Fi Direct Connectivity for Game-Speed Performance
- Stereo Headset Jack with Game Chat Support
- Integrated Microphone for Voice Search and Commands
- Compatible with NVIDIA SHIELD, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Portable as well GeForce-equipped PCs using the included USB cable
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From the manufacturer
Connect to any SHIELD device for superior control at home and on the go.
WIFI DIRECT FOR THE WIN
NVIDIA’s low latency Wi-Fi Direct technology offers performance far superior to other Bluetooth options.
SAY IT AND PLAY IT
Search without typing with the integrated microphone – ask questions, open apps, or play songs, games and movies.
PLUG AND PLAY IN PEACE
Immerse yourself in your games, movies, and music when you hook your headset to your SHIELD Controller.
POWER FOR HOURS
Extend your gameplay up to 40 hours with a long-life rechargeable battery and cable.
The NVIDIA SHIELD controller works seamlessly with your SHIELD, SHIELD tablet, and SHIELD portable for exceptional responsiveness and immersion in today’s hottest games.
Top Customer Reviews
I have been testing out the controller, it feels comfortable and weighs about the same as a PS3 controller. It synced up immediately to the Shield Tablet, super easy.
The buttons and triggers feel good and the responsiveness is great. Was able to do very well in Super Hexagon due to the responsiveness and low latency. And if you know Super Hexagon, then you know how important a responsive and accurate input device can be.
The controller also has home, back and play touch buttons at the top along with a Nvidia button that takes you straight into the Shield hub. The volume buttons under the joysticks are nice, but can be tricky to use at first and take practice, otherwise it jumps to mute.
The headphone jack on the controller is a really nice touch, next to the micro USB port which is how you charge it. It also has a microphone which I haven't had a chance to try out yet.
My only complaint is that the touchpad doesn't track well due to the low tracking sensitivity and small track area. Also the surface isn't slick enough to prevent the friction from slowing down my thumb creating inconsistent movements.
Overall this is a very good controller, and beats trying to use a PS3/4 controller. The battery life seems to be very good, but I won't know for awhile and will update this review after testing further.
If your debating a controller for the shield tablet, and plan to play games / emulators you should do yourself a favor and pickup this controller. It will make your gaming experience easier and more enjoyable. Well worth the investment.
Functionality - The controller works very well for navigating the K1, but also with playing games on with gamestream or moonlight. I notice no lag and with every game I have tested thus far it maps seamlessly. I have also used this with my remote PS4, and it worked again with no issues what so ever, I was fairly impressed. The controller has several options that work in conjunction with your K1. For instance there are volume controls on the controller, as well as a flat silver plate at the bottom of the controller that acts as a mouse. If you decided to play a game from the play store you can map buttons from your controller to said game. As an example I downloaded slither.io and mapped my left joy stick and a button for speed. You do this by pressing and holding the start button which brings up the mapping options.
Feel - The controller feels great in my hands, though I have large hands, it is a little large as for my son but he quikly got used to it, and the overall weight is enough to let you know your holding a controller but not so bad that after several hours of play it bothers you.
Look - The controller has a sleek look, that speaks Nvidia.
Life - Nvidia advertises 40 hours of continuous play. I cant speak to 40 hours but I can say that i have played it for 3 consecutive days without charge and the controller still said it was at full charge (4-8 hours each day).
First of all, the hardware itself is well done. Quality build. Connects to my Shield K1 fast and easy. Great software support with regard to mappings for various games- allows user-submitted mappings, and a very well done tool to define your own mappings or modify existing mappings. More than just a controller it has volume controls and Android home, back, etc. buttons as well, and a touch pad that isn't great but works in a pinch.
The first game I tried this with was World of Tanks Blitz. Most things worked, but not the the "joystick" mapping for movement. Tried various mappings, changing the setup of the mappings, etc. This was my prime use case unfortunately.
Next I tried it with Order and Chaos 2, Redemption, an MMO. This seemed to have pre-configured support for the controller. Unfortunately there are just too many on-screen buttons in this game to make it viable. Sure you can navigate to them with various combos, but it's just way slower than tapping on the screen directly. I didn't expect this one to work well, but just wanted to try it.
Finally I purchased a controller-only game, Doom 3. The controller worked flawlessly with this game. This is however not my preferred genre.
So in summary, the controller is high quality and all you can expect from an Android game controller. However, when games are made for the touchscreen, controller mappings seem to rarely work as well as using the touchscreen itself. If you are planning for games that are built for a controller then I think you'll be pretty happy.
As a side note, make sure and charge the controller out of the box with a high-amp charger. When I plugged mine in, it would come on and almost pair then turn off, then turn right back on again. I didn't know what was going on and thought it might be defective.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the only issues I had with the controller, tt disconnects itself every hour or so. I have no explanation why.Read more