The Nvidia Shield is a dual-purpose portable gaming machine that can play either Android games or stream titles from your Nvidia-powered PC. The Shield is powered by a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch touchscreen and Android 4.2.1. Shield has access to every app in the Play Store. Nvidia includes a microphone, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
High-quality build with comfortable responsive buttons.
Sharp and bright touch screen.
Solid battery life.
PC gaming anywhere in the house.
Gaming performance is incredible.
Android isn't a great gaming platform.
Heavy and somewhat bulky design.
Not a 1080p display.
PC streaming requires expensive hardware.
PC streaming only works in local networks.
Touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets.
There arenít enough quality games that support the Shield's controller and take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power.
By PCGamer on October 28, 2013
If you have the desire and patience to exploit the Shield’s whopping potential, it’s a must-have - if you tried to take this thing from me I’d tear your arm off and make you eat it. If you don’t, it’s a tougher sell without reliable PC streaming and iffy compatibility with many Android games.86
By T3 on September 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.80
By EuroGamer on August 11, 2013
In the here and now, the first-gen Shield is a gloriously niche, luxury product - the most powerful Android system on the market by a clear stretch and possessing a unique link to PC gaming that's seriously impressive in beta form, and can only get better.-
By PCAdvisor on August 01, 2013
The Shield is an impressive bit of hardware but it's niche - and it doesn't really replace any of the devices you already likely own.80
By Engadget on July 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.-
By Forbes on July 31, 2013
In the end, SHIELD is a device that brazenly embraces a controller-based Android future and effortlessly appeals to PC gaming enthusiasts. It bridges ecosystems and surpasses its competition on a myriad of bullet points. But there’s something more tangible, more important than all of that: SHIELD got me excited about gaming again...-
By The Verge on July 31, 2013
Yet if you have the right graphics card and the right Wi-Fi router – or hundreds of dollars burning a hole in your pants – the Shield’s PC streaming is not to be missed. The killer app for Shield is already here. It’s called Steam, and when it works, it’s glorious.78
By Joystiq on July 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. That niche will likely find that the Shield delivers on its promise – so long as they've already invested in an Nvidia graphics card and a decent router, anyway. For everyone else, it's an expensive novelty.80
By AndroidCentral on July 31, 2013
The NVIDIA Shield isn't going to appeal to a wide audience, but I don't think it was designed to do so. 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.80
By DroidLife on July 31, 2013
I think SHIELD overall is a fantastic, albeit luxury device. 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. It has no camera, the display is awkward to use when not using the built-in controller, and for $300, some people might want to get more for their money.80