|Also known as||Project Shield|
|Type||Handheld game console|
|Release date||July 31, 2013|
|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||2 GB DDR3L RAM|
|Storage||16 GB flash memory, microSD card reader|
|Display||5 inches (13 cm) 1280 x 720 px(294 ppi) IPS Retinal 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|
|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||Tegra Note 7|
Shield runs on Android Jelly Bean, featuring a flip-up 130 mm (5-inch) touchscreen display with 1280x720 pixel resolution. The device is similar in shape to a 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.
Through Nvidia's GameStream suite, Shield 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 adds Console Mode, which allows a Shield to be connected to a TV at either 720p or 1080p resolution (either using a wireless connection or USB) 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 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 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 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." 
Nvidia donated several units to an open source emulation project. 
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- History of video game consoles (eighth generation)
- Tegra Note 7
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