Half-Life 2 and Portal arrive to Shield users via Google Play, priced at $9.99 a piece

May 12, 2014

Last week Nvidia began teasing that Halflife 2 would be making its way over to the Nvidia Shield, though they were pretty silent on the details at the time. It was widely believed by most media outlets including Android Authority that this release would come sometime after the May 12th arrival of Portal.

Now that the 12th of May is here, Nvidia has given us a very pleasant surprise: both Half-Life 2 and Portal have hit the Google Play store for $9.99 a piece. While this is great news for Valve fans that own an Nvidia Shield, the bad news for those rocking other Android devices is that the game only works with the Shield. That means even the select few other Tegra 4-based devices out there will be left in the dark, at least for now.

Nvidia has given us a very pleasant surprise: both Half-Life 2 and Portal have hit Google Play

On the bright side, with the arrival of two new games and a price cut down to $199, now could be the perfect time to pick up the Nvidia Shield if you’ve been at all tempted by the device. Being honest, games like Portal and Half-Life 2 really need some kind of controller in order to be played effectively anyhow, still it would be nice to have the option to try it on other high-end Android devices.

As for the games? If you aren’t familar with these classics (though we are sure nearly all of you are), Portal is a physics-based puzzler that has FPS elements mixed in. Half-Life 2, on the other hand, is more of a traditional shooter and features a great single-player campaign.

While $20 might be a lot of cash for just two games, these are easily two of the best games to have ever graced Google Play and are worth the pick up, if you own the Shield.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    If I could be sure that they’ll continue porting more games, then I’d maybe consider Shield. Just maybe

    • Daniel DS

      Until then the second generation would already be announced

      • MasterMuffin

        As long as their ports would work with the first gen, I wouldn’t care

    • Rauel Crespo

      Honestly, the streaming on the Shield works really well. I was surprised when I found it run even better than streaming PS4 to my Vita. As an Android gaming device it works fantastically as well. I will say that I find it underpowered compared to other recent devices. For example the Kindle Fire HDX actually scores higher than it in 3DMark and Quadrant. Nevermind the HTC One(m8) and One+ One. None of the devices I mentioned are actively cooled like the Shield is. I guess, you gotta use one to appreciate it (much like the Vita ironically). A Tegra K1 toting one would be amazing, as long as nVidia sticks to the 199.99 price tag or Up the storage to 64GB for 269.99-299.99.

      • MasterMuffin

        They won’t though

  • Luka Mlinar

    I’m thinking of leaving Steam until the HL3 thing is resolved. Say it’s over but don’t keep it in limbo.

  • Simos Katsiaris

    No i will not buy them, i wait for steam to open an android store

  • DavidGLamb

    Being honest, games like Portal and Half-Life 2 really need some kind of controller in order to be played effectively anyhow, still it would be nice to have the option to try it on other high-end Android devices. http://sn.im/28wjrxn

  • Bilal Mahmood

    Now to hack these games to install on a galaxy note 2…