Tegra 4-powered Project SHIELD Visits the ‘Badass Crater of Badassitude’

by Will Park

Maybe you’re just tired after a marathon Borderlands 2 session. Maybe you need to answer nature’s call. Whatever the reason, never again will you have to worry about losing precious gaming time just because you have to go “Away From Keyboard.”

Project SHIELD will soon redefine what it means to be AFK with its ability to stream your high-end PC games straight to our Android-powered mobile gaming device. Now you can continue playing your game from the comfort of your couch or, well, anywhere else you might find yourself sitting in your house.

What you see below is a demo of Project SHIELD running the ‘Badass Crater of Badassitude’ level of Borderlands 2 from a GeForce-enabled PC. This particular rig happens to be a Falcon Tiki PC running a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, allowing us to run the game with the graphics settings cranked all the way up.

Booting up your Tegra 4-powered Project SHIELD is as simple as turning on a smartphone or tablet. Streaming a PC game is just as easy: fire up the SHIELD Android app and tap a few buttons. Within a matter of seconds you’ll be back in the action with all the graphical bells and whistles you’re used to on your PC.

Check out our first “Project SHIELD PC Mondays” video below to see how we’re redefining AFK.

Note: due to an editing error, an earlier version of this post referred to Borderlands 2 as Badlands 2. 

More on the Tegra 4 mobile processor.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/PodgeRocket Michael Rogers

    This article just paints the picture of gamers sitting on the toilet holding their  “project shield” devices and gaming with their pants down. Not sure if this is a good or bad selling point for the device……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688787785 Jeremiah Bond

    Well, if you can make it run two sessions of the same game but allow for different accounts, obviously a game developer problem, then I say rock on. I could allow my buddies to play on the same PC using handhelds.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    That’s an interesting idea. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhishek.anurag1 Abhishek Anurag

    Is there really a point to SHIELD if you can only stream games while you’re somewhere in your home only? Have streaming over Internet capability and then we’re talking..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jankesdh Michał Jankowiak

    It’s so pointless to me… So expensive device to play rather bad and simple games from android. I much happier with my Vita where games are far more complex compared to ones on android. 

  • http://twitter.com/physch physch gretchen

    Shut up and take my money! Really, this is the device we android fans have all been waiting for. I’m so looking forward to get it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pavel-Kosac-Nosek/1399626425 Pavel Kosac Nosek

    not bad but why play on shield when pc is running to and have mouse 😛 maybe if its posible to run split screen so one player on pc and second on shield but this dosnt work.. so.. this isnt must buy feature sorry nvidia :))

  • Jakub Jirák

    Tak to je hodně přísný 🙂

  • NYCHitman1

     There’s far and few in between good games available for the PS Vita though. I do own one, so I know first hand how shitty Sony’s library is for the poorly supported device.

  • malcmilli

    id say good, thats how i played pokemon for years

  • http://www.facebook.com/mik.pettit Mik Pettit

    amazing,i want one,how do i get one

  • julian david perez

    Disculpen mi ignorancia pero la conexion que hace con el ordenadr es via que ? y para que querria jugar en una mini pantalla teniendo una pantalla gigante alfrente o acaso te puedes conectara mas de 10 metros de distancia de tu pc 

  • http://www.facebook.com/eliasgrube Elias Grube

    Streaming games is just useless nobody need that. Please make real games for Shield not just some smal and boring android / Tegra games. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanrabotnick Bryan Sean Rabotnick

    I second that!

  • Tolga ERKUS

    I don’t see a point in this device if I have a 24-27” Pc monitor with a 680GTX at home. Why would I want to play on the Shield with this small screen? I don’t know, this device needs a new marketing strategy, it’s pointless to me.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

     Playing in any room, out n about if it can be done wireless….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

     Well….you can play in another room. But I agree….doing this from outside the home would be huge.

  • Span_Wolf

    I know you guys have stated that you need a 600 series or better GPU for Shield, but I have a GTX 580 that’s not very old and still very powerful.  Will the higher end 500 series cards eventually be supported, or am I completely out of luck here?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZQBJ2VALLIVQSTSRSBWHV6XLQM fteoOpty64

    Nvidia said it will play games off The Grid (their gaming Cloud) which is great. Still the ability to play from your own Rig at home via internet is a compelling thing. It will need a setup utility to test the latency and decide if you can play or not. I cannot see why such things cannot be done in software.

  • Vanillacide

    Love the look of Project Shield, want one.

    But worried that you’ve blurred the desktop’s monitor’s output so that it cannot be compared to the Project Shield device to quantify the lag from the video. 🙁

  • renz

    the problem is the streaming needs one key hardware that available in kepler based gpu. since the said component only come out first with kepler so any nvidia gpu prior to kepler (fermi and older) will not be able to stream with shield.  but i do think it might be possible to use gpu like fermi for that streaming but latencies might be an issue which directly kill the selling point of the device

  • renz

    when i see nvidia project sheild i think it could be one way nvidia wants more game dev to develop much better and much complex games for android platform (hence the physical controller on the shield in addition to touch based screen). with the right push maybe this project able to bring much better games to android scene in addition to simple games like angry bird. during the CES presentation nvidia has shown the android version of Hawken running on the device. another PC game developer Bohemia Interactive (known for ARMA series) are going to release Arma Tactics for android


  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    And I third that 😛 

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    That’s exactly right. The idea is that you can take you gaming anywhere you have a wireless connection. When you get tired of sitting in your desk chair, you can just hop on your couch or your bed and keep your game going.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Sorry, we couldn’t keep the entire scene in focus. We’ll keep this in mind for future shoots. Thanks for the input!

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Talk about an informed user. Good answer, renz 🙂

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Hi Mik. Project SHIELD is in the final stages of development, but will be available soon. Sign up for email updates at http://shield.nvidia.com – we’ll send you updates, exclusive content and email-only offers for Project SHIELD. 

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    With Project SHIELD, you can play your entire STEAM library from your GeForce GTX-enabled PC *and* all the games in the Google Play library. And, don’t forget that Project SHIELD is also an Android device. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N5JTKSKKE5TKGDME7V2LZUL7UE Nester Retsin

    so does it run off of the specs of your computer, or is it in the device

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N5JTKSKKE5TKGDME7V2LZUL7UE Nester Retsin

    so does it use the specs of your pc, or is it its own thing?

  • Vanillacide

    Thanks for the reply Will.

    Really excited by these, hope the lag is tiny and barely perceivable (like Wii U) because that’s what will make it work or not.

  • Vanillacide

    Completely disagree.

    There’s loads of Android games, and lots of devices to play them; if you want to do that. You’ve got dozens to choose from.

    I love the idea of streaming from my gaming PC to Project Shield — what is more, it’s similar to Valve have been talking about with Steam Box so I’m hoping there will be parallel and compatible development here and not two competing standards.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    When you play STEAM games via your desktop, you’re using your PC’s components. When you play Android games, you’re using Project SHIELD’s own hardware. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZQBJ2VALLIVQSTSRSBWHV6XLQM fteoOpty64

    Just a though about fully touch games on the Shield that when a user does NOT want to use the controller at all. Very occasionally or kids sometime really prefer touch and swipe on screen, that the layout of the screen is not really suitable for that.
    I suggest a swivel screen that will lay flat with screen exposed on the device, then one can place that on the lap and use 2 hands for full touch control usage. Yeah, like a tablet. The layout now cannot let such game play happen, so it is a weakness. Might be a small one but a weakness to gameplay. To engineer the hinge of the screen and its cabling for swivel flat-on is rather challenging but can be done.

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  • NYCHitman1

    Oh, I know. I was just making a comparison to what the previous person wrote that I replied to. Being an avid supporter of NVIDIA GPU’s, I will be taking full advantage of these features available.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniell.jumper Daniel L Jumper

    Question. If I have the SHIELD game pad connected to my PC, can I play any game I have installed on that PC like Diablo 3?

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniell.jumper Daniel L Jumper

    Question. If I connect the SHIELD game pad to my PC, can I play any game on that PC like Diablo 3?
    How much memory does the SHIELD game pad have to install PC games? I have a Diablo 3 account with Blizzard and would love to play it on this game pad “on the go” like at a Buss Stop or at lunch at work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniell.jumper Daniel L Jumper

    But, what about Blizzard games like WOW or Diablo 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniell.jumper Daniel L Jumper

    But, what about Blizzard games like WOW or Diablo 3

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Great feedback. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • http://www.facebook.com/waltercajr Walter Junior

    Pode até ser bom, mas é feito pra caramba!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7ZK7KFKJR5UH73PA26OU42KHZA J

    How will the compatability be between the nvidia project shield controller physical buttons versus android google play games touch screen buttons?

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Hi Daniel. Project SHIELD does not install PC games locally. It streams your PC games from your GeForce GTX-enabled desktop to your Project SHIELD. 

    It also plays Tegra 4 games for Android, so you’ll be free to play what you want, when you want. 

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    What do you mean by “any”? Project SHIELD will work with all current WiFi standards. 

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    The PC game will need to support a controller in order for it to work with Project SHIELD.  Today Diablo 3 doesn’t have this feature so it’s not supported.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Generally games require controller support to be compatible with GeForce game streaming to Project SHIELD. We are currently evaluating ways to enable native keyboard games such as Diablo 3 through keyboard to controller mappings. Stay tuned for more info!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sumedh.meshram3 Sumedh Meshram

    and i am forth 

  • Rishi Ambwani

    and I am fifth 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/zheystek Zackary Heystek

    New video today?

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    There sure was a new video yesterday. Check our YouTube channel (youtube.com/nvidia) and subscribe to the Project SHIELD playlist to get notified of all our new videos.

  • http://twitter.com/Bp_STI Ben Pottinger

    Will we have the ability to use a mouse and keyboard?  Even more importantly is there any plans to enable this in software so we can stream games from our desktop PC to our laptops over wifi?  Shield is a neat concept but i’d guess most PC gamers would rather have access to a keyboard and mouse then be downgraded to a controller. I’d happily cough up for a new 600 series video card if it enabled streaming to my laptop.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OT7V6QFBWBYH35WBE6VGTLBBY nuffinn

    Being able to play full PC games ..on a handheld…is useless? Its not like a watered down version of the full game….its the actual full game.

    Think about PS Vita games, 3DS games….now think about their console counterparts. With this….no need to buy a separate game for the handheld… Right now I have 2 separate games for my PS3 and Vita…Little Big Planet and Uncharted.

    The biggest thing is playing games out the house. Can it be done, with a good experience?

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    Project SHIELD will be compatible with all Android games that support game controller inputs. Hope that helps answer your question!

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    For PC to SHIELD game streaming, currently you will need to be within the same Wi-Fi network as your PC.

  • rritambhar

    how about the game keeps running on pc anonymously so that someone can still work on the pc while someone enjoys the game remotely ??? 2x the work !!! 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernest.pierce.56 Ernest Pierce

    I second that 🙁

  • jonathon puckett

     well you don’t need to play games
    you don’t need the internet
    this is just something people will want and with that….

    android games are not boring you are just not looking hard enough there are actually a lot of great games just in your opinion they might be bland

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K2XSZMZDWEIC5RJFX2FIZHXUSM Shaki Skae

    Will it be able to stream MMOs like world of warcraft? 

  • Jonathan Dubose

    The better question is, can I do it from my Xperia Play??? Streaming video shouldn’t be too hard, and I already have the gamepad

  • Mark Owen

    Will, when you say Wifi only within the home, then I assume the bottleneck outside the home is the connection bandwidth. What kind of broadband speed would be needed to make this work out of the house? I can’t imagine that it has to make use all of max wifi transfer speed as it would then be impeded by someone say browsing internet on another device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1408221036 Ryan King

    i honestly think this is cool because (and im 14) if your parents tell you to get off, just turn off the monitor or put your computer to sleep( however SHEILD is compatible) then just play with headphones on in your room. i think its a cool idea!!

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    That’s a good use case, Ryan. Just keep in mind that your PC must be powered on to stream games to Project SHIELD.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    We work with developers closely to help drive innovation in the mobile gaming space. Always good to see our fans appreciating what we’re doing for Android games 🙂

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3WLRRE2YVR2NNRQTWFQKPHDVM paul

    Is that for security purposes or actual hardware/software limitations?

  • http://twitter.com/GibranLv Gibran Lv

    and I thrid that 🙁

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Wood/726716162 Chris Wood

    Really, I think the best thing Nvidia can do here is make it quite open. Don’t lock it down. If you look at what is possible with something like the Raspberry Pi, people are finding uses for it that are far, far beyond the realms of imagination that the creators ever thought of. If you look at Skyrim and Oblivion and Morrowind, the mods created for the game are just oozing with huge creative potential that isn’t in the console versions of the game because Bethesda are only so many people. If Nvidia allows people to have a proper play about with the device I’m sure we can see it perform some truly extraordinary actions. If it’s locked down like an Iphone then it’s potential is seriously hampered.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    The game has to be compatible with a game controller.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    You won’t be able to stream your PC games to your Xperia Play using our technology.

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    We’re not ready to talk about the specific broadband speeds required outside the home. For now we’re only talking about using your home WiFi connection. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • http://blogs.nvidia.com/ Will Park

    You’re totally right, Chris. Project SHIELD is an open platform. We work with developers all the time and want to continue that tradition with Project SHIELD. 

  • Dyson Gamma

    Suck to have an AMD GPU.
    I’ve loved your cards forever. In fact my first Nvidia card was a Geforce2 Ultra.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Rakibul Hasan

    Is there any front camera in Shield?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rory.wilkins.7 Rory Wilkins

    Hey Will, I subscribe to your youtube videos. I have a question. Is there plans to allow gaming beyond my home network?

  • Charlie Corbin

    So will this work if my computer is part of the same network or does it have to be connected to the same wifi? Like if I have my home computer as part of the domain of my business could I play it at work? Or if I set up a remote desktop in the office to my home pc.

  • http://www.poraora.com/ John Curtzon

    This is really a very good stuff to read.i liked it very much as i found it really informative and helpful for me at the same time.keep it up.i wish you all the best.