NVIDIA SHIELD Controller - Android
- The official controller for SHIELD portable and SHIELD Tablet. Support for GeForce-equipped PCs coming soon.
- Redesigned from the ground up for precision gaming
- Dual vibration feedback
- Stereo headphone jack for private audio
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Brand New Design
The SHIELD controller has been completely redesigned with improved feel, shape, and sensitivity of dual analog sticks and trigger buttons. It’s sleek and stylish, with a battery that lasts over 60+ hours before needing a recharge, thanks to advanced Bluetooth technology.
The Gateway to Your New Smart Home
Because the SHIELD controller is always on, you can command your living room with Google Assistant, completely hands-free. Dim the lights, change the temperature, the possibilities are endless.
Note: SHIELD controller can be turned off, Google Assistant coming soon.
SHIELD Controller - Precision and Performance to meet gamer demands.
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The button shaped like an upside down triangle at the top center can be pressed to execute voice searches on the Shield. The smooth vertical surface between the thumbsticks can be swiped to toggle volume up or down (or you can double tap it to pause and start video). The small, black buttons at the bottom center of the controller can be used to navigate "back", to start/stop a video or to launch screen capturing on the Shield. There are a couple shoulder buttons as well as two triggers at the top of the controller. Anyone familiar with an xBox controller should be comfortable using this controller.
I immediately fell in love with this controller, but it proved to be short-lived. After 2-3 weeks of using this controller, I found that this controller started to fail. When playing games, my character would sporadically start running the wrong way or continue to run after I had stopped. Upon closer inspection, I found that this was because the left thumbstick was sticking while I tried to play a game. Just looking, it was almost imperceptible. However, by examining the controller closely, one could find the thumbstick just barely leaning on direction or another...stuck. I sent my original controller back and received another. However, after about a week or two the same problem came up. I was going to attempt a third remote, but instead decided to just use my existing GameSir remotes and save my money. I figured that if I received two bad remotes in a row, the chances of a third bad one were very high.
If not for the sticky buttons, this would be a five star product. Unfortunately, these are not durable gaming controllers in my experience.
The prior to versions have identical hardware, save for the capacitive buttons for Back/Home/PlayPause.
To really understand this review, you have to consider the prior controller hardware. It was bulky but not uncomfortable, chock full of features, including a headset/mic jack (3.5mm), microUSB port for charging, volume rocker switch (that was large) and even a touch screen. It was only missing the kitchen sink. Such flexibility necessitated a larger than normal gamepad.
It was actually quite comfortable to hold despite its size - and although it used the slightly inferior (opinion) PlayStation stick configuration, everything was kind of "on par". The shoulder triggers were tactile enough, and the face buttons had plenty of travel. The DPad, as with a lot of Dpads nowadays, needed a lot of work. The touchpad was useless, and the positioning of the capacitive buttons meant that there were occasional mispresses.
Enter Version 2. MUCH more ergonomic to hold, feels much more dense (Read: sturdy) in the hand, and the larger triggers are a touch mushier, yet still tactile. Face button travel is a lot more responsive, and the DPad is worlds better. It's not longer mushy, and has a satisfying clicky feedback. The sticks are different, but seems to be mostly unchanged. They're far more easy to reach though, comfortably. The headphone jack has been relocated to the bottom.
Gone is the touchpad (good riddance!) and it's a sacrifice I'm willing to accept. The poor volume rocker switches have been replaced by the NVidia Shield Remote-esque capacitive rocker, which works well. The previously capacitive Back/Home/PlayPause buttons are now physical, and are satisfyingly tactile, located on the bottom edge, away from the other buttons and sticks. I don't think that mis-presses are going to be an issue any longer.
The look is... well, either you like it or hate it, but it is undeniably more comfortable in hand.
The only thing I'm concerned with is that it appears to run on Bluetooth, which, in my experience, has lagged moreso than the 2.4GHz wireless. I could be wrong here.
Anyway, time will tell if the lag difference is going to equate to more deaths in Dark Souls 3. But, for now, I am ecstatic about a purchase that I was admittedly originally on the fence about.
Highly recommended for PC, Nvidia Shield K1, and the Nvidia Shield TV. Already thinking about getting a second.
* Vastly improved ergonomics.
* Vastly improved D-Pad; best one out there outside of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
* Better Volume adjustment
* Physical Buttons for Android OS functions
* Longer Battery Life
* Rumble functionality
* Bluetooth instead of WiFi direct - should mean increase latency
* No more touchpad (is this really a con?)
* You have to buy it (I'm stretching here, at this point)
Top international reviews
Sadly, instead of fixing incompatibility with the trackpad, Nvidia removed the trackpad completely. On the plus side, the nice volume control from the Shield Remote made an appearance here in place of the trackpad.
The controller now appears to be on most of the time -- but I cannot tell as it no longer glows. On the down side, this means it's easier for it to run out of charge without significant warning (same problem as with Shield Remote).
The gen2 controller does enable 'ok google' on Shield TV, which is nice. But, my 2015 Shield TV Pro is too laggy for this to be useful; therefore, it's no substitute for a Google Home.
Despite the flaws, a recommended upgrade from the gen1 controller.
I resorted to this as it transmits over Wi-Fi. Syncs and works flawlessly. It feels like a £30 controller in the hands, but works like a £60 controller. Sadly, it costs £80. But, now enjoying Dolphin on the Shield. Buttons lack a decent travel distance and are a bit too hard and clicky. Triggers are nice though and thumbsticks are tight.
Even when it is fully charged it's iffy about connecting to the k1 tablet. It'll be searching for a tablet for minutes without any success (after it's charged).
Giant waste of money.
Seems all Bluetooth controllers have an issue eventually on the Shield 2017, only wired controllers work properly 100%. Shame.
My 2nd controller after 1st one developed a fault with joystick pulling up/left intermittently. A known issue.