Be Among the First to Wield SHIELD: Taking Pre-Orders Now

by Jason Paul

A console-grade controller. A high-definition, 720p HD retinal display. The rich graphics and blazing performance of Tegra 4 – the world’s fastest mobile processor.

These pieces, put together by a company full of gaming fanatics, add up to an amazing new open platform gaming portable. It’s the best way to play Android games. And because it’s an Android device, it works with both Tegra-optimized and regular Android games – as well as Android apps.

Project SHIELD is now, officially, SHIELD. The price is $349. Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers will all carry SHIELD. It ships in June.

SHIELD is a new kind of portable.
SHIELD is a new kind of portable.

Pre-order will go live on May 20th from the partners listed above, and on Fans who have signed up to receive SHIELD updates by clicking “Notify Me” on the SHIELD website will have an exclusive opportunity to pre-order starting today.

If you’re an Android gamer, this will fit into your life the moment you open the box.

SHIELD is the one device that taps into the planet’s largest ecosystem of games — spanning NVIDIA TegraZone, Google Play and Steam. Rediscover your Android games with the mobility, control and performance of SHIELD. Connect to your Google Play account to enjoy your favorite movies, music and apps.

And GeForce game streaming, launching as a beta feature, will give SHIELD the power to access your NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. We’re working on streaming your favorite PC games to SHIELD, including great titles from Steam.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Tegra 4 – The world’s fastest mobile processor delivers rich graphics and unbeatable performance thanks to 72 GPU cores, four CPU cores and 2GB of RAM
  • Console-grade controller – Precise control thanks to dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers, full-sized bumpers and A/B/X/Y buttons
  • Multi-touch display – 5-inch, 720p retinal multi-touch display for high-fidelity visuals
  • Integrated speakers – Custom, bass reflex, tuned port audio system – we think this is SHIELD’s sleeper feature
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11n 2X2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi for game streaming
  • Pure Android Latest Android Jelly Bean operating system from Google, for access to Android games and apps
  • There’s more – We put into SHIELD everything we would want in a premium mobile gaming device: 16 GB memory, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI output, micro-USB 2.0, a microSD storage slot, a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack. See the full spec sheet, here.

To everyone who’s been following SHIELD, thank you. This is going to be fun.

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  • sontin

    Which shipping  date is right?
    On your shield site your mention July and here it is June?

  • Chairman Meow

    Too expensive. Would buy one if it were cheaper.

  • Anzhel Bozhinov

    What about bootloader and tools for community firmwares like CyanogenMod, AOKP and PA?

  • MIguel Ortiz

    $349 is cheap for the specs it has, I was expecting it to $399

  • pankomputerek

    Looks too thick to be actually portable. PS Vita was big enough but this?

  • Anthony Vitale

    Is Nvidia going to release a wireless HDMI dongle to stream PC games to an HDTV?

  • aphotic

    For the specs, sure. That doesn’t change the fact that it is too expensive. There’s no way in hell I’d pay $350 for a handheld when two great options already exist: 3DS and Vita. Yes it can utilize any android app, but I already many already have a smartphone for that. The last problem is the portability of this thing. There’s no way in hell it’s fitting into any normal pockets.

  • Yannick Ghozland

    Can you released it for europe to or make an international shipment (i live in France) i can’t preorder  🙁 please nvidia please!!!!!

  • Younanomous

    This is great for those that like to have basic or small screened phones. For this price you could get a WiiU, but the screen on the Gamepad isn’t as nice, and the game selection is poor. The Vita has almost no support for games, and the online functionality is still pretty bad. I think the killer feature of the Shield is it’s ability to stream games from a PC to either the device itself or to any HDTV.

  • Andrés Parada

    When will this be available to pre-order on Newegg or the other retailers?

  • Fredy Nativi

    $350? you are joking right?
    When the ps4 comes out it will be $90 more. $350 is way too much $250 should be the price point. And this thing is huge you can’t put it in your pocket. What the hell were you people thinking?

  • TizioVerde

    Final design? I was hoping for a rotating screen so that you could close it and have the screen on the outside to easily use touch based games/apps/etc.
    349$ is a bit high but it was expected, quality has a cost.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Thanks for the feedback!

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Thanks for the feedback, keep it coming! 

  • Erik Anderson

    I hope you guys understand that for this much power packed into a device for that is very very very cheep. Look at the nexus 10 or the Samsung galaxy note 10.1, those are $400+. $350 is very fair to me. Of course everyone is hoping it would be cheeper but do you guys understand the R&D they put into this? They did mention the device being as open as it can be. Nvidia, just take my money…….

  • tianzhi yang

    It’ll be great if it can be used as a GPS, i.e., put on the dashboard and shows the map.

    It’ll be wonderful if it can also be used as a phone, i.e., If I can input phone numbers on the screen. Maybe it’s a little bit hard for one to put this device next to his/her ears to receive phone calls, but one can connect it to a headset — many are already doing this with their touchpads.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Great question. The general public will be able to pre-order from all of our retail partners – including Newegg – on May 20th. Thanks!

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Good question. SHIELD supports the Miracast wireless standard, and there are several Miracast wireless HDMI dongles available on the market today. Thanks! 

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Thanks for the feedback. We can’t wait to see what people do with SHIELD.

  • Technose02

    When will it be officially released in europe? I mean including support and localized ac adapters e.g.?
    bad, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this from the very start and find the
    price extremely fair…but I live in germany and won’t be able to
    preorder from you.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    is a premium product that puts the Android and PC games many enthusiasts
    already know into a portable device with great fit/finish and delivers the best
    possible portable gaming experience. Thanks for the feedback!

  • xxmuddlesxx

    You’re mental nVidia – for this I can buy 3 OUYAs network them and build a LAN gaming center in my own home…

  • xxmuddlesxx

    I was expecting around the $250-300…. but really $349? I know alot of work went into this I like to think I was following this from day one – people have to pay for games as well, and well… unless SHIELD can support some huge titles in the far off future.. this really really hurts my technologic feels 🙁

  • HisDivineOrder

    I want the ability to stream games from a gaming server to any PC.  The advantage to this is I can invest completely in a gaming PC (ie., SLI, tri-SLI, quad-SLI) and leave the cool, quiet, small, cheaper PC’s on my HDTV’s with a wireless controller and kb/m setup.  Then when I want to game on the big screen in some room, I can just stream from there.

    Shield requires me to attach an HDMI cable (an already fragile connection) from the controller to the HDTV.  It’s pointless.  I already have HTPC’s.  I already have a laptop or an Ultrabook that I could use.

    Just give us an application or at worst, a Windows 8 app, to stream to as well as a server application to stream from.  That way, those of us who don’t need a Shield to stream games will have a way to do so easily and quickly.

    And then we can focus our entire budget on gaming hardware for our primary gaming machine.  Instead of, say, me going and having to buy an AMD APU because it’s the only way to get a decent combo of price/performance/silence/cool.

    We’ll buy more of your hardware if you give us a way to consolidate our purchases.  Buying a $350 5″ Android device is really not a great value proposition for me and it’s not really a very good way of fostering your market, either.

    At the very least, you should offer a “box” version of this hardware without the controller.  Lots of users just want the ability to stream from a gaming PC to whatever room they’re in.  Whether that’s via a much cheaper Shieldbox or just through a streaming app that will relay controller commands while receiving image/sound data from the game proper, Shield as it is does not really scratch the right itch.

  • Josh Smith

    Is there a home screen, or just waits until you put the game in

  • Josh Smith

    Is there a home screen or does it just wait until you put the game in

  • Gary Darer

    This will be the best angry birds experience yet! Seriously though, Android!? What is the point? Should be a collaboration directly with Steam so you can play real games. I guarantee it will not sell nearly as many units as they expect. Also, the controller is enormous and bulky. 0/100 WOULD NOT BUY.

  • metatomato

    Comapred to the lastest handheld game console it sounds a little expensive… compared to the lastest smartphone it sounds cheap! PC Streaming technology is the definitive way to invade living room with game!That is innovation!

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Project SHIELD runs pure Android. So the home screen will be familiar to anyone who owns an Android smartphone or tablet. Thanks for the question!

  • VSanity

    lol, no thanks

  • Isaac E

    I’m looking forward to this product.  The concept of the work all being pushed from your computer to your handheld is very exciting for me!  I believe that this will eventually change the way LAN parties will be organized.

  • Austin Grant Boyd

    Steam is a software not an OS

  • Zach Kirk

    Will Amazon be included in your retail partners? Additionally, will those who preorder from your retail partners get their shields the same time as those who preorder directly through NVIDIA?

  • Brian_Caulfield

    We can’t wait to see what users do with SHIELD. Thanks!

  • Terrance Earle

    If the screen could flip outward of the controller and use it as a touch screen would be a good product. The angle the screen tilt would be uncomfortable for my neck.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Thanks for the feedback!

  • Frank Ryan Jones

    Working on Steam games? I’ve fallen for that before. I’ll buy when you figure it out.

  • Tommy Falzani

    Do research before you speak. At launch it will come with this thing called Play PC Beta witch is actually steam with a more user friendly interface. So any game that you have on steam will be on the SHIELD.

  • Mario Avalos

    I don’t trust Google, so unfortunately I’ll have to pass on this. 

  • entropyowl

    I’m wondering if it supports USB OTG and can I use it as a controller for my PC without the streaming thing

  • runningthatway

    You’re an idiot.

  • Jessica Conwell

    Matt and I ordered ours 🙂 Can’t wait to show them off at PDXLAN!

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Thanks! Let us know what you think. 

  • Brian_Caulfield

    SHIELD may not be for everyone, but your feedback is always welcome. 

  • ackthbbft

    I expect a TV tie-in, and see the characters carry these as their communicators in the new “Agents of SHIELD” show.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    SHIELD supports USB OTG. Thanks for the question.

  • entropyowl

    Nice to know it works with USB otg but what about the using the controller aspect of the device to work with other devices like a computer by connecting with USB cord or Bluetooth and using it to play games on my computer with it and using the shield screen to play YouTube videos and read walkthroughs

  • Jeremy Zharkov

    I really wish you guys had announced this before I bought my Vita. That cost $250 and I had to buy a memory card, so basically pretty much in the same ballpark price wise.

    But it almost literally has no games, pretty much all publishers have dropped retail support, Sony just puts a couple games on it a year, and its answer to Android, Playstation Mobile is awful.

    You should have a trade in program or something as a PR stunt. (Not really serious, but I can’t sell my Vita for even half of what I paid for it)

  • Jeremy Zharkov

    I think the problem is a matter of perception. It’s not being compared to things like tablets, it’s being compared to other gaming handhelds – you have the 3DS at $150-200, and the Vita at $250, so this appears to be much more expensive.

    Even though it comes with 16 gigs of memory, TV out, sd card, not to mention, much better specs than its competition. But value doesn’t matter, only price.

  • Tom Hughes

    Yes, when can we expect international shipping?

  • Karl rincon

    I would like to try it, it would be something different but my question is if it comes in Spanish, and when it comes to Latin America?

  • Karl rincon

    I would like to try it, it would be something different but my question is if it comes in Spanish, and when it comes to Latin America?


    waste of technology, fail right out of the box

  • Zac Alling

    Now wait just a second, this I did not consider. What games can I stream from my PC to the SHIELD? Must the game be designed for this application and specifically with the SHIELD? Or can I stream any title, like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Steam version or otherwise? Thanks.


  • Edward Lampson

    i have a question do you need a  NVIDIA GeForce GTX gpu to be able to use steam on this or can you just get a app for steam?

  • David Rebbe

    What is there not to trust? The whole OS is open source and you can view it anytime you want.

  • Ukee Themonkey

    Well I for one am really excited for this and have preordered one on the site (some one has to bite the bullet). I just hope that it can break the 5 hour battery curse that we have been having with post DS handhelds since I care more about being able to play my handheld when I need to more than graphics.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Yes, you’ll need a GeForce GTX GPU. Check for all the details –>

  • Fredy Nativi

    I would like to see the portability. By that I mean in someones pocket. Not a bag pack. Most likely not possible.

  • aphotic

    You can stream any game, as long as you have a GTX 650 or better powering your rig. And I admit that this feature is cool, but I still can’t justify that price. Others, however, will certainly deem it acceptable. I really do like Nvida and I just hope they realize they are targeting a super small niche that never asked for something like this.

  • VSanity

    Perhaps you’re right. Maybe I’ve outgrown a system like this, after thinking about it some more last night there really isn’t a price point I would buy this at, regardless of how good it is. Ergo I am no longer the target market 🙁 I guess people/priorities change, I used to be an avid gamer but I can’t remember the last time I played a game other than solitaire on my gaming PC and I haven’t even turned on my Xbox in 2 months…

  • Kryptography

    I’m going to need to see a game list before I purchase.

  • Brian_Caulfield

    Understood. You’ll find all the latest details on Thanks!

  • Edward Lampson

     ah thanks for the info

  • Sonal Pinto

    Will it ever release in India? Or will you ever offer International Shipment…

    Kinda been waiting on this for far too long 🙁
    A lot of gamers (including your employees) exist outside of US/Canada… and good deal of them were indeed looking forward to the Shield. I feel let down.

  • Younanomous

    The list of games that can be streamed hasn’t been released yet, but so far it seems like a handful of games to start off with, and more games being added down the road. It’s probably a given that they will focus on the most popular/triple A games first, like Farcry 3, Metro, Skyrim, etc.

  • Younanomous

    This is definitely a niche product, but hopefully one that’ll force other companies to come up with better/cheaper alternatives. My only other option currently is to build a new PC if I want to play games in the living room, and playing on the 5″ screen while getting ready for bed would be pretty cool too.

  • Chris Anton

    reasons its awesome: much more hackable than sony’s and nintendo’s handhelds, plays a ton of games you already have including android (which ouya and gamestick don’t do) and who cares if there’s no 3g when most new phones have a portable hotspot, and this is the best developer console to start with for tegra 4. In terms of developing, this unit is going to sell A LOT

  • Chris Anton

    I actually have one other thing to point out, shouldn’t you have made a phone instead? I mean, then you’d have a 5 inch screen phone, which isn’t unheard of at all, and then you could attach it to that controller. That would make it portable and you wouldn’t have the weird portrait mode problem….Just sayin.

  • nvdawang99

    China market is huge, I wonder when will you launch it in Beijing ?
    It’s only matters how many you can build, we will buy it out. Check out the
    iPhone sales in China, you know the idea.

    One more suggestion, since you can use wifi, why not add iMessage capability
    To it , let the gamers talk to each other . I think you may have it, just one download

  • nvdawang99

    You got Wifi, you got everything , I am not sure
    How it work in the US, but in China , you can download
    Android Apps to talk & IM to eachother for free. So,
    Can Shield download other Apps except games?

  • Muhammad Rizki Darmawan

    When it will be on Asia ( Indonesia ) ?

    I will buy this
    SHIELD can’t pre order exclude US and Canada 🙁

  • socrfan

    Why would anyone pre order an overpriced and untested device like this one? This article is worth reading first.,2817,2418941,00.asp

  • Yannick Ghozland

    I cannot find an international shipping option which is quite bad because you might potentially upset European people and miss he market here. Soon Samsung will make their gamepad for their phones and will be followed by big ben gamepad for all the phones and tablets compatible with 90% of the games. With the PS4 and Xbox 720 launching soon as well, If you don’t hurry and release worldwide the shield will be forgotten very quickly.

  • Riva3D

    I’m ordering one right now.

  • Riva3D

    Actually, Steam is a service.

  • Ben Wigginz

    I don’t think it will be worth it, gaming on such a small screen and handheld and controller format, they all suck (I played on a psp for a painfull 1.5yr or so, and a xbox 360 for 1yr) (to the guy kinda talking about the ps4, the ps4 wont be worth it, it says 8 cores and whatnot but its slow 8 cores are they physical or logical? nomatter howmuch power you put into a console pc will smoke it up for dinner) im sure whenever you wanna game for long periods of time, gotta haul that charger with ya 😀

  • Darren M. Swan

    Is there/will there be a developer’s kit for making Shield exclusive or optimized games/apps?

  • Ramon Esteves Torres

    OK… Bye bye Nintendo!!!!

  • discobrisco

    Get an iPhone or GS4. Oh wait, that’ll run you double that. IMO not a bad deal on a brand new product.

  • discobrisco

    It supports big picture, which has a lot of these features, but tbh if you wanted to just use it as a controller then just look at the monitor instead of the shield screen lol.

  • discobrisco

    Project SHIELD runs pure Android. So the home screen will be familiar to anyone who owns an Android smartphone or tablet. Thanks for the question!

  • discobrisco

    It’s the cheapest and only way to play skyrim on a handheld.

  • discobrisco

    Oh… most likely they’ll get it to use when they’re feeling up to it. Probably sometime next year.

  • HDTV

    I can’t wait for this handheld to be released, and for all those people comparing it to the 3DS/vita, you are comparing it to the wrong demographic. The Shield is more of a tablet then any other portable console. It runs on Andriod OS, can play computer games that run EXTREMELY smooth, and for 300$??? That is a no brainer.

  • TheCubicGamer

    Yes, but please note the SHIELD can only ”play” PC games by streaming the game itself from your PC. Also note that your PC needs to have a Geforce GTX 650 GPU or higher in order to do this. A good internet connection is also key to smooth streaming. Some people think SHIELD runs PC games alone…
    i would hate to hear someone immediately buying SHIELD because of this false fact and then en up being disappointed. All that aside though, SHIELD is a pretty beast device.

  • TheCubicGamer

    Well compared to any of the handhelds out there, SHIELD has the largest screen and if not the same size as the handhelds with the largest screens. The battery life is pretty good : 5-10+ hours of use. About 5 hours on a Tegra enhanced game. Wanting one is up to you though.

  • TheCubicGamer

    At launch, SHIELD will start in North America (Canada and US). After some time if it does well, NVIDIA will move on to more and more countries.

  • TheCubicGamer

    It can play any apps you can find on the google play store. Including any app that runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Not sure about apps that use portrait mode though… I’m sure they would run but it would be odd to hold SHIELD on its side.

  • TheCubicGamer

    It runs Android Jellybean, so if that’s your country’s native language, I assume so.

  • TheCubicGamer

    Games are downloaded from the Google Play Store not inserted like the Nintendo DS and PS VITA. 

  • TheCubicGamer

    Keep in mind that games come in the price range of 0.99$- 10.00$ compared to handhelds which sells their games from 34.99$-39.99$. (Even up to 49.99$ in the Vita’s case) The SHIELD’s price tag went down to 299.99$ so hopefully that’s sounds better to you than the 349.99$…

  • TheCubicGamer

    Sadly my Geforce GT 630 PC wont do… 😛 Still, i’m looking forward to seeing what kind of games will be available to download on he system itself later on. GRID is surely interesting me. Hopefully GRID will come to Canada and I will be able to take full advantage of it.

  • HDTV

    Oh, I know that you need a GTX 650 to run it, I have a GTX 650 ti SSC. That being said, the emulation will be very interesting to see.

  • AnaruCarroll No

    When Will NVIDIA shield Be available Internationally? 

  • Antonio Garnham

    can you use it as an asymetrical display device? example:
    PC: play the game controling the shield and with the pc monitor and in the shield see the world mapShield Only: When conected to a tv can you control the game with shield, watch the game in the tv and on the shield screen see your inventory

  • Charlie M

    Hi there, 2 questions:

    1. When will this be available to purchase as a UK customer?
    2. Do you have any plans to allow game streaming over the internet, or are the speeds of most connections too slow to allow for this?  


  • michael

    I knew it my brother said steam is fake

  • michael

    So steam isnt fake right Riva3d?