• Nvidia Shield
80
Based on 20 scores, 24 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    3
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    0

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.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PCMag on 80

The Nvidia Shield is one of the most impressive, powerful, and versatile handheld gaming systems we've ever tested. And it doubles as a full-blown Android device.

By PCGamer on 86

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.

By T3 on 80

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.

By EuroGamer on

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 80

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.

By Engadget on

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

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 78

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.

By Joystiq on 80

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.

By AndroidCentral on 80

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.

By DroidLife on 80

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.

By IntoMobile on 80

The NVIDIA Shield is a great device for gamers and has a lot going for it. Other handheld consoles like the Vita lack a decent application ecosystem and such quality controls. The Shield gives you both.

By AndroidPolice on 80

SHIELD offers the best Android gaming experience available for that small but growing subset of games that support it, and an impressive media experience for any video or audio content. With NVIDIA pushing developers and hopefully polishing the software, it's only going to get better.

By Ubergizmo on 80

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). If you do find them, SHIELD will show you Android gaming like you’ve never seen it before.

By PCPer on 70

I don’t consider SHIELD to be a “must buy” device, but users that find the feature set interesting and might utilize the PC streaming capability should definitely put this on your $300 gadget list.

By HotHardware on 85

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. SHIELD can also easily connect to a TV though HDMI or wirelessly using a Miracast compatible receiver. Though gaming is the main focus of SHIELD, quite simply, it offers a whole lot more.

By AndroidCommunity on 85

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!

By HardwareCanucks on 90

This is a key proof-of-concept product meant to live within a larger, rapidly evolving ecosystem which includes Android games, PC streaming, high definition media playback and eventually NVIDIA’s GeForce GRID. SHIELD is a unique device that certainly won’t be for everyone but it gives a tantalizing glimpse into the future...

By GearBurn on 80

How and why would you use this to browse the web or check your Twitter feed when you can do it on a smartphone or a tablet? Then again those are only a handful of its many features, and not the selling point.

By IGN on 68

The Shield's biggest challenges, however, are content and cost. There are simply too few compelling gameplay experiences on Android to justify a $300 dedicated handheld, and while the PC streaming feature shows promise, it's in dire need of performance and stability enhancements.