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NVIDIA Project Shield hands-on

NVIDIA Project Shield hands-on
Mobile gamers were probably delighted when NVIDIA peeled the curtains of its gaming centric portable console in Project Shield, but unfortunately, the extent of seeing it in action was mainly reserved during NVIDIA’s CES press conference. On the busy floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center, it was kept under glass – far away from any hands-on time. Luckily, we stopped by NVIDIA’s booth at PAX East 2013 in Boston, where we finally got our jittery hands on the upcoming mobile console.

Knowing what’s stuffed inside, plus the fact it’s packing a touchscreen and a console style gaming pad, there’s no arguing about the NVIDIA Project Shield’s immense size. Compared to other mobile gaming pads that are out on the market now, it’s without question rather bulky – though to its credit, it’s sporting a quality finish and construction to give us peace of mind about its durability in the long run. Fashioned similar to the XBOX 360’s controller, it provides for a very natural feel in the hand as we’re grasping it. For the console gamer, there’s barely any adjustment needed to jump right in with its feel and controls scheme.

Showing off its versatility, we’ll hand it to NVIDIA for blessing this with a very reasonable looking screen. Indeed, we’re spoiled by 1080p touchscreen displays nowadays, but nevertheless, the 5-inch 720p touchscreen is effective enough for gaming – as well as navigating around Android. Thanks to its wide viewing angles and high contrast, there’s a minimal amount of distortion seen when tilting around the Project Shield, so our eyes are constantly fixed to it. And finally, there’s the performance, which is unquestionably lightning fast thanks to its brand spanking new Tegra 4 chip with its 72 GeForce GPU cores.

Instead of trying to talk to you folks about its performance in detail, go ahead and check out the video below yourself to visually see how Project Shield is shaping out as a fine gaming choice for the mobile folks.

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posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:44 8

1. jcarrigan (unregistered)

Hm interesting, I would definitely love to try it out :)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:21 1

24. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

I'll go with the play station vita.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:56 2

2. jove39 (Posts: 1967; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

T4 is good...personally I am not fond of project shield...will wait for a tablet packing T4!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:07 7

3. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Someone really think it will have any success ? I don't.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:25 5

5. H2SO4 (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

but i do :)

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 09:17 1

17. zhiae (unregistered)

i dont cuz
it is andoid and android will operate only apk so even iphone that i dont like can do what that do
PS:im not a smatphone user right now but i prefer android over ios

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:01 1

23. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

You may have missed the reveal of this then, one of it's larger selling points is that if you have computer with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card, then you can stream console quality games that are on your computer to it and play it. That being said, I don't think this particular version of "Project Shield" will do too great. Maybe a successor will though?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:47 3

4. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Definitely a winner.it supports android games and has the option to sync with the games on the Windows desktop

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:54

6. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

I picked up a JXD S7300 for $140. I love the thing and cant put it down!!!! Way better than the Archos Gamepad (which I sold).

Specs aren't super but you get what you pay for. For only $140 I'm more than satisfied!


posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:59 2

8. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:06

9. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

If only the Windows-streaming feature didn't require a GeForce GTX graphics processor, I'd get this! However, I might get a Tegra 4 tablet or phone when they come out

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:07 4

10. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

Would rather have a PS Vita

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 14:35

21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

If you like paying $40 for games and big bucks for proprietary memory cards on a proprietary os. But ultimately it depends on cost before I give my blessings to project shield.
If project shield cost the same as Vita then Vita is dead.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 15:24

22. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

Well you're paying $40 for actual video games, not android games. Compare video games that are avaialble for Vita and their android versions and you'll see a large difference

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 00:33

11. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

Looks more promising than play station Vita. I think if the price is under or at $200 there should be a market for this product. Anything over $200 I think is over kill for portable game devices (we always have our smartphone lol). And those products over $200 usually drop their prices in less than 6 month.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 05:27

12. taikucing (unregistered)


posted on 24 Mar 2013, 06:35

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Shut up and take my money!!! Goodbye Playstation Vita!!!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 08:43 1

15. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

Why exactly would you rather have a system that is much larger than a Vita and can only play andorid games, i don't see the logic behind your choice.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 08:53

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Dude, playing android games on a large 5" screen with a controller is awesome, with NVIDIA's brand spanking new Tegra 4 chip with its 72 GeForce GPU cores will support the games with a "ZOOM"(fast). That's why I love this, I love the Vita too, but this is a lot more better than the Vita.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 11:42

19. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

What I'm trying to say is that the Shield is way to limited to only play Andorid games. It owuld be quite awesome if the Vita could play android games though.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 13:27

20. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Of course Vita + Android = AWESOME, but sadly, it will be impossible.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 07:36

14. 110410 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

But if the price is above current handheld consoles then shut up and take that thing away from me

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 11:08

18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Nintendo 3DS for me! Nothing can beat it! Even if it doesn't have the greatest graphics on the market, it has a lot of innovation and it also has the best games! And still the graphics are OK.

I was interested in project shield, but when I heard that I have to be connected to my PC to play PC games, I wasn't interested in it anymore. It just simply doesn't work!

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