The Nvidia Shield runs performance rings around all previous mobile devices
2 days ago
Summary: The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.
Cons: There aren’t enough games that take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power. The system is heavy and interaction with the touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets. The PC streaming feature requires high-end hardware investment.
Summary: The NVidia Shield is a dedicated Android device for gaming, and can be polarizing — either you will love it a lot or find it excessive for your needs. It’s great for voracious and a great alternative for people who’ve been so used to the likes of the PSP or a Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: The micro video game console is relatively new to retail shelves, so it's hard to know what to expect from each console. One of the most interesting devices is the Nvidia Shield, part Android console and part handheld. The Shield has powerful mobile technology that allows it to play the hottest Android games and stream PC games on its 5-inch touchscreen.
Pros: You can stream PC games to the Nvidia Shield to play anywhere in the home.
Cons: Few Android games support the Shield's controller, and the system is too heavy to be an effective handheld gaming system.
Summary: The Nvidia Shield isn't going to be for everyone - the price tag alone will be enough to put off many potential buyers, and the lack of truly killer games on the Google Play market rather limits its appeal with hardcore players. However, if you value raw power, brilliant controls and like the sound of being able to mirror cutting-edge PC games to a handheld system, then the Shield could be your dream portable.
Excerpt: Let's cut straight to the chase: Nvidia Shield is a superb, state-of-the-art handheld product - the most powerful Android hardware on the market right now - integrated into a beautifully built controller that ranks alongside the Xbox 360 pad in terms of ergonomics and response, while exceeding it in terms of the quality and feel of the materials.
Summary: At $300, NVIDIA Shield is a hard sell as a portable game console, but an easy sell in place of a similarly priced tablet. Sure, it doesn't have a camera, but it does offer extremely impressive PC streaming, along with wide viewing angles. The Shield remains a "truly strange device," but it's one that we feel comfortable recommending to hardcore PC gamers and Netflix junkies alike.
Pros: Fast and powerful, Gorgeous screen, Excellent media player, Impressive battery life
Cons: Heavy, not very portable, Gamepad needs work, thumbsticks too low
NVIDIA Shield Review: At the Crossroads of PC and Mobile Gaming
31 July 2013
Conclusion: I enjoyed the time I spent with NVIDIA Shield. While it isn't perfect, for NVIDIA's first consumer electronic mobile device, it's an amazingly well put together piece of kit. Build quality is so good I told Anand that I wanted to try running it over with my car. I expected NVIDIA to fumble the controller side of the handheld gaming experience, and quite honestly with Shield I have nothing to complain about.
Excerpt: With SHIELD, NVIDIA ventures for the first time in the game console business with a mission: making Android a premium gaming platform. NVIDIA absolutely wanted to build a portable gaming device with an integrated controller because without a top-notch controller, skills can’t be expressed and without skills, there is no hardcore gaming.
Summary: The Nvidia Shield packs an impressive amount of performance and graphical power into a well designed (but chunky) chassis. The controls are well executed; the interface is easy to navigate; and the game selection is pretty strong at this early stage. However, for $299, we wish Nvidia had given gamers a 1080p display. And while we appreciate that you can stream the latest PC games while in your abode, you can't take them with you.
Pros: Blistering overall and graphical performance, Tight springy controls, Fairly customizable, Loud full audio, Long battery life
Cons: Heavy and somewhat bulky design, Not a 1080p display, PC Streaming works with desktops only for now and only over local networks