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- Stream PC games.
- Play android games.
- Run apps, movies, music, and more.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ultra-HD Ready
Play your favorite movie files like FLV, MKV, and even 4K media on next-gen 4K TVs.
Grid Cloud Gaming Beta
For a limited time, stream PC games for free from the cloud to your SHIELD.
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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.
- 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.
3. You would like to spend time outside of your gaming room, such as a living room with your loving family, front yard watching neighbors jealous of your SHIELD, or backyard praising the sun.
4. You want the best erotic, exotic, and sexiest pooping experience.
Now I want to clarify and elaborate reasons above. Hardware wise, SHIELD has quite powerful processor that can compete with $600-900 tablets. 5-inch 720p multi touch IPS panel retinal display is da bomb. Sure, your S4 looks stunning because it has 1080p. Yet, the 720p on SHIELD has not compromised that experience. It is considered retina when you look at the screen from 1ft away (retina is the point where you cannot see the pixels on the screen), which is reasonable because you will handheld it as a controller. Indeed, all the games that I gamestream, bioshock infinite; bioshock 2; devil may cry 4; borderlands; Batman: Arkham Asylum, City, Origin; Half-life 2; Civilization V; Left 4 Dead 2; and Warframe, look absolutely gorgeous.
Not only that, I can switch my SHIELD to console mode. In console mode, I connect TV to SHIELD via micro-HDMI and Xbox 360 for windows to USB OTG to micro USB port on SHIELD. Then, I gamestream all supported steam games to my TV at 1080p @60 FPS (confirmed the rate) and play them with xbox 360 or bluetooth keyboard and mouse to play League of Legends or DOTA 2. Yes, you can play LoL and DotA 2 on SHIELD using bluetooth keyboard and mouse. The experience has not been bad so far.
Also, I do not have a router. Yep, I do not have those 5.0 Ghz dual simul-blablabla router. I have AT&T Uverse Gateway s***ty modem running at 12Mbps down and 2Mbps up, but I still gamestream in-home without any problem. (0 latency to be exact) However, due to my 2Mbps upload speed, I cannot remotely gamestream on a different network (I am upgrading to Xfinity since they have 5+ Mbps upload plan). For those who have better ISP who is not a d-bag and limit your upload speed, you will have no problem remote gamestreaming.
This guy from tomshardware.com even remote gamestream ACROSS THE COUNTRY! HOLY@#$%^&. with 14-ish upload speed. Check it out.
Edited: Ok. Since Amazon doesn't like me linking a website, you can google "nvidia shield remote gamestream review tomshardware." It should be the first link.
Just to clarify, you will need 5Mbps download speed on your SHIELD network (to download streaming video from you desktop) and 5Mbps upload speed on your gaming desktop network (to project the video to your SHIELD).
So far with gamestreaming, it is absolutely fantastic and is now a must-have for me. Even more, Nvidia continues to impress me by providing more support and porting more top-tier games from steam to SHIELD. Future updates will continue to improve SHIELD's potentials.
Now for the android part. I have never been a big fan of android gaming, but they do have some free interesting games that keep me busy on the bus or on the train. I cannot say much about android gaming. It is mainly because I am not interested. Sorry to disappoint you.
Last of all, let's talk about a cloud-based gaming by Nvidia that is currently in beta. NVIDIA GRID. This is a feature that no one talks about (that I heard before purchasing). GRID streams high-quality PC games to SHIELD. It uses the resources from GRID servers in San Jose, CA. They let SHIELD owners try for free during the beta for three mopths and, then, will determine the next step for it. They let us try Darksider 1&2, Alan Wake American Nightmare, Dead Island, Overlord 2, Refaction: Armageddon, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and etc. during the three months period.
From my experience, it has been quite fascinating so far. Especially for those who do not have high-end gaming desktop to gamestream to your SHIELD, GRID would be the main feature that will attract those users. You do not need to have $600+ gaming rig. Just basically use Nvidia GRID servers and play high quality games on your SHIELD. Graphic wise, it looks stunning as if they are 720p with ultra quality setting. Conclusion to this? it will have to wait for NVIDIA's next move on this. Keep tabs on this. I am sure it will be amazingly interesting if they decide to continue and give it to SHIELD owners for free.
All things considered, should you buy it? Oh heck yes, man, I spent two hours writing this for those who have doubts. So, BUY IT! don't make my effort go down the drain. IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT.
Note: I do not use emulators that much, and you will find most reviewers talk about that already.
Edited: somehow Amazon doesn't like the link I quote.
Edited2: Sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker.
• Excellent build quality.
• Comfortable gamepad with powerful Gamepad Mapper feature.
• Download Emulators from the play store to flawlessly play 1000's and 1000's of old console games.
• Very fast for an Android device (it is a full tablet as well as a gaming device).
• Lots of connection and storage options (microSD slot that can read up to 64gig and a micro USB port you can connect a HD to + a mini HDMI port).
• It can stream games from a locally networked PC to the Shield Portable.
• Battery takes a long time to charge and only lasts around 4-5 hours.
• Clam Shell design makes using the touch screen a bit of a pain to use comfortably.
Final Analysis: Nvidia has spared no expense on build quality, using thick matte, glossy, and metallic plastic on the chassis and rubberized grips underneath. The 5-inch 720p IPS touchscreen display is one of the best I’ve seen on a portable, producing stunningly vibrant colors, sharp detail, and wide viewing angles. The Shield's heft is due, in large part, to its full sized controls. While other handhelds use scaled down buttons and thumbsticks, the Shield affords players the same suite and size of controls you can find on a console controller. The thumbsticks have the same surface area and range of motion as the DualShock 3 or Xbox 360, while the action buttons, d-pad, and triggers are springy and responsive. The system has a pair of stereo speakers that deliver surprisingly loud and tonally rich audio, though in many on-the-go cases, owners are more likely to use headphones. This is the most powerful Android handheld console on the market today and is in my opinion the future of all Handheld Gaming Systems. At $200.00 out of the box, I believe this is well worth the price.
Final Note: I don't get paid to review products and bought this device with my personal finances. I hope this review is helpful and would be glad to answer any questions regarding my experience with this or any other produces I have purchased on Amazon.