January 7th 2013 12:47 am

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More than just another gaming handheld

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The Shield is a pleasant surprise and quite an impressive device. It's not the portable console you're looking for, but it's also so much more than that.

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8.0
Engadget Jul 31, 2013

The Shield remains a "truly strange device," but it's one that we feel comfortable recommending to hardcore PC gamers and Netflix junkies alike.

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8.0
Tom's Hardware Jul 30, 2013

We can come up with several different reasons why it’s cool, but none for why you absolutely need to have it. In the absence of necessity, you get to answer whether those three C-notes are best spent on pure entertainment.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 30, 2013

The Nvidia Shield takes mobile gaming in an exciting new direction with a powerful Tegra 4 processor, a slew of high-quality games and the ability to wirelessly stream PC titles.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 31, 2013

The Nvidia Shield is one of the most impressive handheld gaming systems we've ever tested; it has some great features, but it's still limited by the Android library.

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8.0
AllThingsD Aug 22, 2013

Nvidia has built a fun and powerful gaming handheld in the Shield, with lots of potential. But for now, it’s too expensive and needs more games.

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8.0
TechCrunch Aug 19, 2013

The price of $299 is as expensive as some more affordable Android phones outright, however, and pricier than the Vita or the 3DS, but for those looking for this type of thing, it’s a small price to pay, on par with an Android tablet.

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7.0
Joystiq Jul 31, 2013

Beyond servicing a niche of PC users looking for a specific kind of game streaming, it's hard to imagine who the Shield is supposed to appeal to. ... For everyone else, it's an expensive novelty.

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7.0
CNET Jul 30, 2013

The Shield is a high-quality device with stellar performance, and while most of what it currently offers will first and foremost appeal to hard-core gamers, I'm anxiously awaiting more compatible games to come to the device.

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7.0
AnandTech Jul 31, 2013

Shield is an impressive product. It's solid, performant, and maybe Android gaming isn't really there yet, but what it does leave me wanting is for NVIDIA to make me a phone.

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8.0
SlashGear Jul 30, 2013

Deciding ... will be less like purchasing an everyday smartphone or tablet than it will be like picking up the sole hero device sold by a company that ... has been building a software and hardware ecosystem to support it. This is a moment in NVIDIA’s history you’ll want to be a part of.

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9.0
Forbes Jul 30, 2013

SHIELD got me excited about gaming again, and it accomplished that across two vastly different platforms.

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8.0
Android Central Jul 31, 2013

It's clear that NVIDIA had one thing in mind when the built the Shield, and that was to create a top-of-the-line gaming device that runs on the Android platform. NVIDIA certainly succeeded, and for anyone looking for the ultimate Android gaming system has found it in the Shield.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Jul 30, 2013

Like any other extreme device, some will absolutely love it and some will find it overkill. In the end, it’s about what YOU want to play and how you want to play it, so make sure that there are great titles for you on Android (or on streaming PC).

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8.0
T3 Sep 11, 2013

Shield is a no-compromise handheld unashamedly aimed squarely at the hardcore gamer - one who likes Android games and has a powerful PC sitting at home. It's a niche audience, for sure, but those who are attracted to such a device will find Shield a luxurious and well-made effort.

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7.0
IGN Jul 30, 2013

By sheer measure of the hardware alone, the Nvidia Shield is a commendable first effort. It's expertly crafted with high-end components and a comfortable, responsive control scheme — albeit with a bulky, uninspired design. The Shield's biggest challenges, however, are content and cost.

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8.0
DroidLife Jul 30, 2013

This isn’t a toy that everyone needs though, and unless you are very heavy into mobile gaming, then it won’t serve much of a purpose.

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8.0
IntoMobile Jul 30, 2013

If you're looking for a handheld gaming device that not only allows you to download Android games, but stream your own PC games, then look into the Shield. There's nothing else like it.

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8.0
Android Police Jul 30, 2013

Make no mistake: if you consider yourself a hardcore Android gamer, you want SHIELD, and $300 is a great price for a Tegra 4 device with full console controls. The question is, how many “hardcore” Android gamers are out there.

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8.0
Android Community Jul 30, 2013

Overall we’re not sure exactly who all will purchase SHIELD, as the wider market might just opt for the Nexus 7. However, gamers like myself will absolutely love it, not to mention the potential upside is huge!

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8.0
HotHardware Jul 31, 2013

For $299, you get one of the fastest Android tablets out there, access to a boatload of free or very affordable games, and the ability to stream games from a compatible PC.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

Shield is a bit on the unwieldy side of things. In an effort to make the screen foldable, clamshell-style, with the full gamepad underneath, the analog sticks are sunk into the body. While it didn't make any of the games we tried unplayable, it did feel a bit less comfy.

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Engadget May 14, 2013

Let's be honest: the Shield is a niche, boutique device that, while enticing to many, probably won't fit into your life without some meaty prerequisites. For you diehard PC folks, however, this is your gaming handheld. For the rest of us ... well, doesn't it look neat?

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AnandTech Jan 7, 2013

What really struck me about the Shield was how very far from ergonomic the device appears, and yet how surprisingly comfortable it is to hold. NVIDIA nailed the underside ergonomics almost perfectly.

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CNET Jan 7, 2013

Despite the caveats I've mentioned, I'm champing at the bit to see the final product ... Hopefully, the several months of lead time will be enough for Android developers to get Android gaming into a much more impressive state.

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Laptop Magazine Jan 9, 2013

Overall, the Nvidia Shield is an exciting innovation not only because it demonstrates that Nvidia has serious hardware chops. Devices like this will finally spur Android game developers to give Google’s platform the attention it deserves.

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PC Mag Jan 9, 2013

The Nvidia Project Shield is a truly new thing, and I don't see a lot of new things at CES. This is probably the most important object I'll see this show. Whether or not it succeeds, Nvidia really gets points for trying here.

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Joystiq May 14, 2013

Borderlands 2 was served up in smooth fashion on the Shield in a crowded conference room right next to a PC, it's hardly the best test situation. Still, side-by-side with a 1080p monitor, Borderlands 2 on the Nvidia Shield at least kept a consistant framerate and offered comparable visual fidelity.

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PC Mag May 14, 2013

The Nvidia Shield should have stayed a project, an experiment for the company to develop features and ideas it could pitch for future products. On its own, it's too expensive and doesn't offer enough gaming bang for the buck.

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TechCrunch May 16, 2013

Shield does its Android job well, and the hardware feels great to these gamers’ hands. Buttons are slightly clicky and the ergonomics are solid, and the thing doesn’t take up too much more space than an Xbox controller when the screen is folded down and it’s in travel mode.

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Laptop Magazine Jun 11, 2013

Shield has come a long way since its initial unveiling at this year’s CES, with a refreshed design that adds a more natural feel to the controller by improving the button quality on the directional pad and depressing the joysticks among other minor tweaks.

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PC Mag Jun 12, 2013

Nvidia came to New York today to show off the final unit, which was much better built than previous models. It still wasn't perfect: the Android game Virtua Tennis crashed, and Nvidia reps kept insisting the ability to stream PC games to the console within your house was "in beta."

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SlashGear Jan 7, 2013

At the moment it’s clear that NVIDIA has the structure ready for prime time, there’s simply a few kinks to iron out as far as which situation requires what action ... By the time this device is released, we’re expecting an undeniably smooth experience start to finish.

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SlashGear May 14, 2013

SHIELD works with a 5-inch 720p multi-touch display which flips-up from its hardware controller body. In this shell-opening form-factor, this device allows the user a gaming experience only otherwise given in part by 3rd-party accessories attached to smartphones.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 17, 2013

Shield takes on subtle adjustments to quality, design and branding and now looks and feels like a more complete unit. But it is a pricey bit of kit all things considered.

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Ubergizmo Jan 8, 2013

I think that the Shield is a device that can be of great service for a specific group of people who are looking for a high-end portable gaming system. Never before has a portable console been so powerful, and never before have PC games been so accessible from the palm of your hands.

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TrustedReviews Jan 9, 2013

Screen quality of the Nvidia Project Shield is excellent, and while the UI elements of full PC games will likely be a bit small to discern comfortably, game graphics didn't feel notably compromised by the screen's specs.

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TechRadar Jan 10, 2013

One of the best parts of the Nvidia Project Shield is the fact that its launch games are familiar - it's everything you can already own on the PC, Steam, Google Play, and Nvidia's own TegraZone store.

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T3 Jan 10, 2013

Nvidia Project Shield is a powerful machine that sets a new standard in gaming, thanks to its versatility.

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TechRadar May 14, 2013

Nvidia said that it created Shield to do for games what the iPod and Kindle have done for music and books. And Shield might just have the hardware to back up that statement.

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phoneArena Mar 23, 2013

Showing off its versatility, we’ll hand it to NVIDIA for blessing this with a very reasonable looking screen. Indeed, we’re spoiled by 1080p touchscreen displays nowadays, but nevertheless, the 5-inch 720p touchscreen is effective enough for gaming – as well as navigating around Android.

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IGN Jun 12, 2013

Overall, the product has gone from what felt like a fairly rudimentary prototype to a well-constructed, premium-feeling product in an impressively short range of time.

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IntoMobile Mar 23, 2013

Overall, we’re very impressed with NVIDIA’s Project Shield. There’s currently nothing like it on the market, and while Sony has plans to push this sort of feature to the PS Vita, it’s simply not there yet. We’re more than excited for the Shield to be released, which we hope is sooner...

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Expert Reviews Feb 25, 2013

The controller itself is reasonable. The thumbsticks don't have as much travel as we'd like, so the gamepad isn't up there with the Xbox 360's controller, but the Shield device is still comfortable to use and hold.

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Mobile Syrup May 16, 2013

With an array of sensors and chips such as high-speed 2×2 MIMO WiFi, 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer, GPS, Bluetooth and more, the Shield should work as a media consumption tool, too. It runs stock Android 4.2.1 and is preloaded with a few games and apps.

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Techno Buffalo May 15, 2013

Overall the device feels really good in the hand and definitely benefits from some ergonomic design. The hinge on the screen did feel a tad creaky, but that isn’t unusual on any plastic hinge on pre-production models, and the screen is beautiful enough to warrant your full attention.

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9.0
cmannes cmannes

Android games + emulators + PC games == Damn near the largest game library ever. All on a comfortable, long lasting handheld. Every time I fire up steam or Super Metroid, my mind boggles at how awesome this is.

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9.0
cbv1062 cbv1062

It is crazy when people are all up in arms about the price. O no it is $299, but the PS vita and the PS 4 is what ever price. They can sell the products at loss because they receive money with every game purchas. Nvidia as far as I know does not. all of the games are on the Google play store. You...

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9.0
Infotainers Infotainers

Screen/AudioThe screen may only be 720p, but it looks pretty good, especially considering how close you are to the screen. The hinge is solid and adjusts to any angle I want up to 180 degrees. I have not tested PC streaming since I do not have a GTX650 or better card at the moment. The speakers...

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10
rasirhc rasirhc

I don't understand all these people saying "I expected more for this price". Really? Shield costs about the same as a PS Vita, but TegraZone games only cost about $5, not 4x like the Vita ones. And it also does everything a tablet can do, and it also plays Steam games from your PC. Sure, it isn't...

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9.0
Andrew045 Andrew045

So basically, I was a bit sceptical as far as the Nvidia Shield went when I first saw it. After reviewing extensively, and finally ordering it, I found that I was more than pleased with what I purchased. I have an Iphone 5s for my everyday phone(for a few reasons), not an android based phone....

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nachokingp nachokingp

This device is the gift that keeps on giving! Nvidia has done a FANTASTIC job supporting it, and they keep adding features while dropping the price! Streaming games from Steam, playing emulators of all kinds with real controls, playing android games, this thing is the whole package!

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dvdcatalyst dvdcatalyst

It serves a specific purpose. If you are looking at the Android side only, it is fully capable of handling everything you throw at it, but it can be a hassle with the physical controls. But, if you are looking for something that would get you away from the gaming rig in your office, and enables...

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