Shield Portable

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Nvidia Shield Portable
Shield-logo.png
Also known as Project Shield
Manufacturer Nvidia
Type Handheld game console, mini tablet computer
Generation Eighth generation
Release date July 31, 2013
Introductory price US$299[1]
Operating system Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) (upgradable to Android 4.4.2)
Power 7350 mAh (28.8 W·h)
System-on-chip used Tegra 4
CPU 1.9 GHz GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15
Memory 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)[2]
Input Multi-touch capacitive screen, microphone, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS
Controller input D-pad
2 × Analog Sticks
L/R bumper and trigger buttons
X, Y, A, B buttons
NVIDIA/Power Button
Start button
Home button
Volume buttons
Back button
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
Online services Nvidia TegraZone
Google Play
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
Website shield.nvidia.com

The Shield Portable is a handheld game console and mini tablet computer by Nvidia, released on July 31, 2013.[3]

Shield Portable runs on Android Jelly Bean, featuring a flip-up 130 mm (5-inch) touchscreen display[4] with 1280x720 pixel resolution.[5] 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.[6][7]

Features[edit]

Through Nvidia's GameStream suite, Shield Portable allows the streaming of games running on a desktop PC equipped with an 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.[8] [9]

Alongside the exclusive games available through Nvidia's own TegraZone market, Shield Portable can also access the Google Play store, as with most other Android-based devices.[10][11]

Critical reception[edit]

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".[12] 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.[13] 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."[14] 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." [15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nvidia Cuts Shield Price to $299 Before June 27 Launch". PC Magazine. Ziff Davis. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NVIDIA Details Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i Graphics". PCPerspective. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "NVIDIA Shield ships July 31st, barely meets delayed launch window". Engadget. 21 July 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kelion, Leo (January 7, 2013). "BBC News - CES 2013: NVIDIA unveils Project Shield gaming console". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  5. ^ Elia "Rain" Niccolini (January 9, 2013). "Project Shield, NVIDIA's new console". EIR Games (in Italian). 
  6. ^ Android Authority. Android Authority http://www.androidauthority.com/nvidia-shield-tablet-features-price-408216/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Shield microsite. Nvidia http://shield.nvidia.com/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 22 July 2014 (right after launch of shield portable). 
  8. ^ "NVIDIA Consolidates Game Streaming Tech Under GameStream Brand; Announces Shield Console Mode". Anandtech. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Is Nvidia's Shield worth $300? We debate the math". PC World. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Stream and Play Android Games - NVIDIA SHIELD". Shield.nvidia.com. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  11. ^ "NVIDIA Newsroom - Releases - NVIDIA Untethers Gaming With Project SHIELD". Nvidianews.nvidia.com. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  12. ^ Lowe, Scott (July 30, 2013). "Android handheld of the future. Not today.". IGN. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ Gilbert, Ben (July 31, 2013). "NVIDIA Shield review". Engadget. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ Franklin, Eric. "Nvidia Shield Review". Reviews.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  15. ^ Leadbetter, Richard. "Nvidia Shield review". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 

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