CES 2013 - Nvidia Shield Hands-On Report

Hardware editor Peter Brown details his first hand experience with NVIDIA's project shield.

Discussion

239 comments
jovipman
jovipman

nice  nice  nice  nice 

Kismayaz
Kismayaz

OK, with a $5 HDMI cord, and a $20 Xbox controller, I can already put PC games on my HDTV. Why would I want this?

BroliviaWilde
BroliviaWilde

so AMD card owners are SOL with this device.  It's a shame too, because I honestly though about getting it.  But since an AMD card does not appear to support it, that is Nvidia's loss, not mine.

AWs87
AWs87

I see this could work for me. 

I'm a PC gamer. If you're a console guy then this guy makes little sense. My main PC is not plug to TV. There is no way you can work or play MOBA, FPS or RTS on a 40"+ screen. I have two 23" on my main PC and a HTPC in the living room.

With SHIELD, I can safety remove the dated HTPC, and enjoy Action games in large screen and comfortable seat.

meankilleR
meankilleR

Only people not interested are console fanboys and pc elitest but me as a multiplatform gamer I can't wait for this, I'm loyal to nvidia I own a nvidia gtxm660 nvidia and a Gtx 670 in another pc. This does everything I want, android portable android tablet with proper controls. To tell you the truth I would've bought this Even without the PC game streaming.

- All hail the new empire of NVIDIA IF YOU ARE NEXGEN GO BUY A PC.

6orange6
6orange6

bleagh, soon as I saw that stack of nerd icons at the start, I glazed over.

Derugs
Derugs

ehh.. not interested 

Gensmith007
Gensmith007

I think this has potential if they have steam on there as a way to download and play the games without a computer otherwise there seems to be no point to getting this

LJMStrike
LJMStrike

So  what's the point of having a portable device if you still have to be in close proximity  to your home computer, and the home computer has to be a powerful one? Am I missing something?

Andrak_Vol
Andrak_Vol

Looks cool but the flip of it being waste of money and awesome portable console is simple.

WHAT'S THE DAMN RANGE?
 would some just answer this question already.

speedingdeath
speedingdeath

"Hey guys, we developed a portable gaming system that runs far better games than any of our competitors."


"Wow, that sounds pretty cool."


"Yeah, just, you have to play in your room, and there has to be a really powerful PC running the same game in that room."


"Oh, so it's not really portable then, or even actually a gaming system, seeing as something else must run the game?"


"Shhh..."

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

wow ok now this just looks like a total waste of time and money

danielaclmx
danielaclmx

So I am going to spend 1000 watts with my PC (which is ATI based any way) to play on a tiny screen in my house? Useless!! It would however be a little more interesting to stream over the WEB for real portability which will make it something like Onlive for Steam of course.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

This thing looks really goofy and a waste. I won't be able to use streaming since I'm running an HD 7870 in my PC.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I like the digital fireplace in the background.  Very "homey".

tgwolf
tgwolf

I never see how this hardware could justify the proposed price tag...As over-due ergonomic controls are on portables...

Zilaan_
Zilaan_

Add a mic, camera and motion controlls = PC version of the Wii u

Zoglac
Zoglac

The limits are a little misleading. It took a little longer than it should to figure out that it will only stream certain games, requires an Nvidia card, must be on the same network as your PC, and does not make Julian fries. I can imagine some people seeing it at a store, seeing "Stream games from your PC" and be really disappointed when they open the box.

pal_080
pal_080

The frack?  This doesn't seem at all useful if you need to already have a 6xx series GPU.  Not sure there's much of a market for a device like this for people who already have very capable gaming PC's (which are it's only available customers...), though maybe I'm wrong.

Onlinefire
Onlinefire

its cool i will buy on first day its awesome


Voredor
Voredor

lol dat fireplace screen saver


Stabba_The_Kutt
Stabba_The_Kutt

So either you run it on your home wifi network to play games that you already have on your PC, or you try to run his on a mobile data network. If there are any of my fellow Canadians out there, you know that this would cost you hundreds of dollars a month in cell phone data.

kytomasi
kytomasi

How far is the range? lol Can i take this thing to work and play it on my break? :P

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

this thing is cool.. yet useless as fack

Sheik2
Sheik2

I'll play this for $200... That's right, I'll play this only if they pay ME 200 bucks.

Kabbalistica
Kabbalistica

Streaming games from PC to a handheld device? WHY? No thanks...

I'd rather get a 3DS or Vita.

SuperMassive20
SuperMassive20

Seems completely useless! My understanding: (for those who don't have one) - buy a 600 series GPU (about $400 for a good one), that would make your games on your PC look amazing, then buy a 'portable' device that doesn't work unless you are in the same area as your PC for the price of a mobile device ($200-400) so potentially about $600-800 for people not owning a 600 series (which is probably a lot, considering previous series are fully capable of playing today's games) to play on a small screen somewhere else in the house rather than on that gaming PC you have in the house that likely has a superior display and control schemes  

Johny_47
Johny_47

I don't get how it works, you need to be near a wireless router and have that router connected to another router linked to a PC that's got steam installed on it to play the games on that PC?


Can someone explain please because this video doesn't tell that much detail.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

So you can't install games on this device, just act like an advanced form of Xbox Smartglass?

GEMEAI
GEMEAI

First why would I stream and play pc games on a small screen if I have a big screen on my computer!! Second why would I buy a device that plays android games if I already have my smartphone to play the exact same game with same graphics and performance!!!

picho86
picho86

I just don't get hand-held gaming. For what situations is it good for? I guess maybe for people who travel a lot by train, and for people who for some reason have to wait a huge fraction of their lives in lines, but who else? There are not a lot of people who fit into these categories, so why would anyone buy them? I'm sure there is a great reason to, but I just don't get it.

Also the streaming part. Why would I switch to a hand-held if my PC is near and working?

albinopig
albinopig

I'll stick with my Vita thank you very much

blakeney
blakeney

now ive seen it even closer and inperspective i would like to change my view on it from the announcment news post afew days back...... In that i think i said it looks like a Xbox360 pad after it has been ran over by a cartoon steam roller....

I can now see what it really looks like.... on of those 1001games-in-one you get off the market lol!!

Btw...no disrespect to peter brown.... but is he the brother of Spencer of the "Hedi & Spencer from The Hills" fame lol??

airforcetech999
airforcetech999

A portable console should play console games without needing anything or being close to anything as i see it's just like moving from desktops to laptops not much in it. 

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

When M$ and Sony pay AMD for their next Consoles, Nvidia start making its own game console haha, It can be great, but Nvidia Should start making some badass exclusive games for it to attract more people and they should add some touch screen on it too...

Mamamf
Mamamf

@LJMStrike Yes, I'm also trying to understand but from what i understood 2:30 this is the best portable device to play farcry 3 in the bathroom. Other then that it's a console for Android games. It would be slightly cool if they had top android games exclusive to the console. And awesome if there would exist a Steam service to Stream the game Online through their own servers and we only needed this device to play our steam games

Mamamf
Mamamf

@Zilaan_ Also if you have a gamepad and a phone with a streaming app you have a detachable version of this.

tgwolf
tgwolf

@Zilaan_ Ha, thanks, I was about to say the same, but more eloquently, but you just saved me the effort!

nomailx
nomailx

@Johny_47 Dude, this device has to be connected to the same wifi network where your PC is connected. (lol). You don't need steam, steam is just optional, but what you need is a Nvidia Graphic Card at least the 600 series with Kepler GPU. If you have this card then you can stream any "compatible" game to your device. By compatible understand "games that can be played with such a device". Enjoy uselessness.

vgtg16
vgtg16

@syler4815162342 

They dont need exclusives.... MS does not have any and does just fine. What this needs is call of duty and battlefield and it will be all good.

y3ivan
y3ivan

 First its not a dedicated portable gaming platform. Its running android jellybean, so it only plays android games and its capable to stream from pc.