|Also known as||Project Shield|
|Type||Handheld game console, mini tablet computer|
|Release date||July 31, 2013|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) (upgradable to Android 4.4.2)|
|System-on-chip used||Tegra 4|
|CPU||1.9 GHz GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15|
|Memory||2 GB DDR3L RAM|
|Storage||16 GB flash memory, microSD card reader|
|Display||5 inches (13 cm) 1280 x 720 px(294 ppi) IPS LCD|
|Graphics||72 GeForce graphics cores (24 vertex shaders + 48 pixel shaders)|
|Input||Multi-touch capacitive screen, microphone, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS|
2 × Analog Sticks
L/R bumper and trigger buttons
X, Y, A, B buttons
|Connectivity||2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB 2.0, mini HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack|
|Power||7350 mAh (28.8 W·h)|
|Online services||Nvidia TegraZone
|Dimensions||6.22 inches (15.8 cm) (W)
2.244 inches (5.70 cm) (H)
5.315 inches (135.0 mm) (D)
|Weight||579 g (20.42 oz)|
|Related articles||Shield Tablet, Tegra Note 7|
Shield Portable runs on Android KitKat, featuring a flip-up 130 mm (5-inch) touchscreen display with 1280x720 pixel resolution. The device is similar in shape to an Xbox 360 controller and similar in control setup to a Dualshock controller, with two analog joysticks, a D-pad, and other buttons. It is the first device to utilize Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor. It was originally just called Shield or Nvidia Shield, but since the launch of the Shield Tablet, it is called the Shield Portable.
Through Nvidia's GameStream suite, Shield Portable allows the streaming of games running on a desktop PC equipped with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher video card (formerly known as GeForce PC Streaming). The Android 4.4.2 update for Shield Portable adds Console Mode, which allows a Shield Portable to be connected to a TV at either 720p, 1080p or 4K resolution (either using a wireless connection or miniHDMI) and controlled with a Bluetooth controller, and software for mapping on-screen control buttons to the device's hardware buttons for Android games which do not natively support them.
Nvidia Shield Portable has received mixed reception from critics. Generally, reviewers praised the performance of the device, but criticized the cost and lack of worthwhile games. IGN's Scott Lowe rated the Shield Portable a 6.8/10, noting the "impractical cost and a scarcity of compelling games". Engadget's review noted the system's "extremely impressive PC gaming", but also that due to its high price, the device was "a hard sell as a portable game console", especially when compared to similar handhelds on the market. CNET's Eric Franklin states in his review of the device that "The Nvidia Shield is an extremely well made device, with performance that pretty much obliterates any mobile product before it; but like most new console launches, there is currently a lack of available games worth your time." Eurogamer's comprehensive review of the device provides a detailed account of the device and its features; concluded by saying: "In the here and now, the first-gen Shield Portable 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." 
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