NVIDIA SHIELD – New Games, New Features and Now $199 for a Limited Time

by Jason Paul

NVIDIA SHIELD was designed to be the ultimate portable for serious gamers.  To achieve that mark, we engineered SHIELD with the most advanced and purpose built technologies available, including a powerful Tegra 4 processor, console grade controller, and amazing bass reflex speakers.  SHIELD was designed to be an evolving gaming system, providing expanded features, functionality and gameplay enhancements over time. For our upcoming software update, we have provided several important improvements.

The biggest change: updates to our GameStream technology that helps SHIELD adapt to the way enthusiasts like to game.

Since the launch of SHIELD, gamers have wanted to play their PC games outside the home. With the upcoming software release, we are making that a reality with remote streaming support – coming in beta. For complete remote access to your PC, we’ve built in wake-on-LAN support to allow gamers to remotely wake their PC from sleep mode and remote login support to let you log into a locked PC from SHIELD.

Giving gamers even more ways to play PC games on SHIELD, new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support lets them pair their SHIELD with an HDTV in console mode and play their favorite keyboard and mouse PC games such as World of WarCraft, Civilization V, and League of Legends on their big screens.

NVIDIA SHIELD in console mode

And notebook support – also in beta – lets gamers stream to SHIELD from a GeForce GTX-powered notebook PC, including all GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and select GTX 600M series GPUs.

Now with official support for over 100 PC games, including spring’s biggest hits such as Titanfall, GameStream provides an even more incredible way to enjoy your favorite games away from the PC.

Beyond GameStream, a new user interface on our TegraZone app lets you find games with just a touch of the NVIDIA button built into every SHIELD. And we’re making it easier to play more Android games the way you want, by adding a new user interface to SHIELD’s Gamepad Mapper, which lets you play thousands of games built for touch on SHIELD’s console-grade controls.

Finally, SHIELD will be getting the latest version of Google’s Android operating system – Android 4.4.2, also known as KitKat. The result is a quick, fluid experience that continues to give SHIELD users access to the rich ecosystem of Android games, apps and utilities. The upshot: in just eight months since SHIELD was first launched, our handheld gaming platform is more powerful, and flexible, than ever.

The software release will be hitting devices next week on April 2. Haven’t picked up a SHIELD yet? To celebrate the software upgrade, we’re promoting SHIELD at just $199, starting today through the end of April.