Originally named NVIDIA Shield and renamed Shield Portable when Shield Tablet was released, the video game console was developed by NVIDIA and released in 2013. The device is much similar in looks to the fan-favorite Xbox controller and features a 5-inch flip touchscreen. It has a D-pad, two analog joysticks similar to DualShock controller, and other buttons on the right side.
This is an eighth-generation console with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor powering Android 5.1 Lollipop system. NVIDIA Shield Portable features a 1.9 GHz GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and 2 GB of DDR3L RAM memory, as well as 16 GB of flash memory and support for microSD cards. Its 5-inch LCD display is run by 72 GeForce graphics cores and has a resolution of 1280 x 720p. It also features 5 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, as well as micro USB 2.0 and mini HDMI ports allowing TV connection. To top that, the device is equipped with control mapping software for non-supported Android games.
Games and Access
The games are provided through the proprietary TegraZone market and the GeForce NOW service, while also allowing access to the Google Play. The console has been criticized for the lack of top-quality titles but games such as Crysis 3, ARMA Tactics, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Real Racing 3, and even Sonic the Hedgehog 4 will make a very enjoyable gameplay and overall experience.
NVIDIA Shield Portable has shown as one of the top handheld game consoles with an extremely good performance and great looks. However, it has been criticized for the high price and the lack of available games which would make it worth buying. NVIDIA Shield Portable has been out of stock for some time now and although there are no official announcements there are speculations whether the production will be continued.