[Poll] Nvidia’s Android-powered Shield console launches tomorrow – are you buying one?

by: Kyle WiggersJuly 30, 2013


It’s been a long and bumpy road for Nvidia’s Shield, but tomorrow, the Android-powered gaming console finally launches. Those who preordered can expect a Shield shortly, while everyone else can purchase their very own unit from select online (Nvidia.com, Newegg) and physical (GameStop, Microcenter, Canada Computer) retailers for $299.

The Shield has been hotly anticipated ever since its January unveiling at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Emblematic of Nvidia’s strategy – powerful local hardware working in conjunction with the cloud – the Shield is a deft blending of the flexibility afforded by Android and the potential imbued by the company’s desktop graphics cards. More than 100 games available from the Play Store have been optimized for the console’s controls, and owners with compatible setups can stream titles from PC.

From a strictly hardware perspective, the Shield is nothing to scoff at. At its core is Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC, which, while not necessarily the most powerful platform on the market, will benefit from developer optimization. The rest of the Shield’s internals include a dual-antenna, Miracast-certified WiFi chip, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of flash storage. The entire device is anchored by a 5-inch, 720p screen, attached by hinge to a controller resembling an Xbox peripheral. All in all, Shield’s an impressive package.

So, does Nvidia have you convinced? Are you planning to purchase a Shield tomorrow, or eagerly anticipating the arrival of a preorder? Let us know in the poll!

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  • EliasAlucard

    I boycott Nvidia on general principle. Read this:


    • john

      Good for you China!

  • inkflow

    I would if I could…

    Sadly, they only ship to the USA and Canada.

  • siri

    no I will not buy, until someone hack it to able streaming to non-nvidia gpu

  • Piyush

    rather than this, ps vita is better choice because better gaming library , better control , looks awesome ,it cost less and with ps4 coming you can stream games to psvita like wii u (not every games ).

    • Nick Bartlome

      The Vita needs the PlayStation 4 for streaming so, unless you already have a Vita or A PlayStation 4 the price will be higher. The PS4/Vita Combo costs more then a Nvidia GPU + Shield. the requirements are

      > GPU: GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU (Notebook GPUs are not supported at this time)
      > CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz or higher
      > System Memory: 4GB or higher
      > Software: GeForce Experience™ application and latest GeForce drivers
      > OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7
      > Routers: 802.11a/g router (minimum). 802.11n dual band router (recommended). Here is a list of recommended routers.
      and most computers I know of can meet those requirements with a gpu upgrade minimum.
      I would still buy the shield over the PS4/Vita combo because in the near future the PS$ hardware will be old and PC will play games better, and to play those better games all you will need for shield is a computer upgrade. Not a new PS5 and whatever replaces the vita.

      • Piyush

        but i have macbook air thats why and cost of psvita + ps4 = 530$ whereas cost of pc + shield =1000$+ , i buy console for to play latest games like gta 5 only on console no pc .

  • 2gerry

    This product is still expensive at $299. For what its worth, this is already halfway obsolete. This will flop. There are a lot of pother options out there well worth the cash. Whether its portable or not. The developer support for this, to customize games just for it, will fade and developers will move on to the next upgraded chip for this, etc, etc. Desoigned for hard core, die hard gamers, it will not see a glorious Sales figure.

  • Nicktrance

    I might consider the following generation if this one is good.