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Android games. PC games. Games streamed from distant servers. Games streamed from your nearby PC. Games streamed to your TV. We built the SHIELD tablet for gaming. So do we have games? Does Brazil have soccer fans?

But while the SHIELD tablet can play more games in more ways than anything like it, some mobile games are built to be at their best on this device. In addition to the thousands of Android games the SHIELD tablet can play on Google Play, there are now more than 400 SHIELD-optimized games available through the SHIELD Hub, as well as 11 specially optimized games for Tegra K1 – the world’s most advanced mobile processor – with many more coming.

Here’s a look at five of them:

Trine 2: Complete Story

Trine 2: Complete Story is a beautiful, award-winning side-scrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming. Play as the three heroes – Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief, and Pontius the Knight – and join their adventure through dangers untold in an enchanting fairytale world, including physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic; wicked goblins; and a magical environment full of wonders. It also comes pre-installed on SHIELD tablet.

War Thunder

War Thunder is a cross-platform, massively-multiplayer, online combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation and armored vehicles. Pilots and tankers take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world. Cross-platform play is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Mac OS, Linux and OnLive Cloud Lift. Look for War Thunder on Google Play this fall.

The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, creators of the Serious Sam series. Players solve a series of increasingly difficult puzzles woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in a doomed world. Talos Principle will be available later this fall.

Portal

Portal, winner of more than 70 industry awards, is available exclusively on both the SHIELD tablet and SHIELD portable. Portal is a hybrid of first-person shooter and puzzle-style game that creates a new genre of spatial brain teasers, offering hours of unique gameplay. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories and noted for its humorous writing, the game requires players to solve puzzles and challenges by opening portals, maneuvering objects and moving themselves through space in mind-bending ways.

Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 is one of the most celebrated and best-selling gamers of all time, with over 50 Game of the Year Awards and the highest MetaCritic score of any PC game. Winner of multiple Game of the Decade Awards, Half-Life 2 offers a startling level of realism and responsiveness, opening the door to a world where the player’s presence affects everything around him, from the physical environments to the behaviors – even the emotions – of both friends and enemies.

These are just a start. Android games such as Pure Chess, Rochard, Anomaly 2, Flyhunter: Origins, Dungeon Defenders Eternity and Chuck’s Challenge 3D: Reloaded have all been optimized for Tegra K1 and will be available on July 29.

So, however you play, and whatever you play, you’ll find games that perform their best only on the SHIELD tablet.

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  • Fejér Mihály

    Question is: How long does the K1 let us play these games before they become unplayable? In the Xiaomi Mipad, K1 fails badly, because after ~30 min of Trine 2, the CPU gets so hot, that it will throttle from 2.2 Ghz to 1.1 Ghz making the game stutter. If this will happen with the Shield Tablet too, then there is no point buying one, since no one wan’t a gaming device with a “Timer clock” which tells us how much time we can play …

  • Fejér Mihály

    Also, nice that NVidia teamed up with Valve, but would be nice to see Half Life 2 EP1, EP2 and Lost Coast be released to K1, not to mention that it would be nice to see those games with their full graphics settings or K1 could not handle it? Even Half Life 2 without the improved Bloom and lighting effects, only runs on low graphics on the Tegra 4 …

  • Robert Johnson

    Since NVIDIA is not going to partner with EVGA on this I won’t be buying one.

  • ROBERT PRESTI

    Wish you guys would confirm that new games like borderlands 1 & 2 are coming to GRID BETA on the 29th because it’s not true i will be very,very, disappointed!

  • Jacob

    Can the Shield portable run Trine 2 and the same games as the Tablet?

  • Sin Lee

    How’s the support and updates coming along with that eVGA Note 7?

  • AmazingSpanoMan

    Stiiiiiiil waiting for that 32gb version to be released.

  • Robert Johnson

    Feedback seems to to indicate updates are occurring regularly

  • Adam Cousins

    Fairly sure EVGA just put their name on it and NOTHING more…

  • Robert Johnson

    Yes but their customer support is very good

  • Brian Caulfield

    Can’t comment on rumors and speculation. But many, many thanks for the feedback.

  • Brian Caulfield

    Can you tell me more about why this is? Thanks for your feedback!

  • Brian Caulfield

    Many thanks for your patience! There’s a notification feature on the store that will let you know when the 32 GB/LTE version is available. Here’s the link –> http://shield.nvidia.com/gaming-tablet/#notify-form

  • Brian Caulfield

    Can’t comment on unannounced products, rumors, speculation, and all the usual, as you can guess. But very much appreciate your comments and feedback!

  • Robert Johnson

    I wouls assume that was an Nvidia decision

  • Juan Carlos Alpizar Chinchilla

    as I read from Amazon reviews, you can play games for around 2-3 hours and the only thing that stops you is the battery running out, I’m seriously thinking on getting this one!

  • Brandon Campbell

    I don’t own a pc but im in the market for a good tablet I want to buy this tablet but is there games I can play on it without the streaming feature