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NVIDIA is Making Project SHIELD a “Truly Great Piece of Hardware”


Free-to-play may be all the rage right now, but NVIDIA doesn’t want that to mean that their new Project SHIELD will be anything cheap or cheaply made. SHIELD will carry all sorts of games on its platform, from free-to-play all the way up to triple A blockbusters from big name development companies.

NVIDIA wants to do something special with their new project, but doesn’t want people to think that open operating system and open game selection will mean this will be a lower quality device. They don’t want to be razor or printer companies who only profit on the sales of razor blades and printer ink to make their money. NVIDIA is planning on making an awesome handheld, “one that fits comfortably in your hand, delights your eyes and blows out your ears.” Don’t expect this piece of hardware to be on the cheap end of anyone’s budget when it launches.


  • strider_mt2k

    -and they tease the Borderlands…bastards.

  • joejoe5709

    If it’s going to cost anything more than my phone did, it better perform better than my phone does – I’m talking near-console quality gaming. Otherwise, it’s a bust. I might as well use my cell phone and attach something like the MOGA controller.

  • I high priced portable system that plays AAA games but doens’t use mouse/keyboard and I can’t upgrade. No thanks. The DS destroys every portable gaming system out there because the games are designed for it. The hardware is used to perfection, and the games are easy to pick up and put down. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to pick this up while sitting in an airport to play a relaxing session of Far Cry 3.

  • JamesU513

    Needs Miracast…does it have it? Screen should be detachable…then again, I’d never buy something like this…I don’t have time to play games on the go and neither does anybody else who has the money to afford this…pretty awesome device though for the few that will own it

  • Josh Flowers

    CES in review: Shield, Shield, Shield.

  • matthew

    Ouya -99$
    NVIDIA shield-999$

    • Trevor

      Learning to put the dollar sign before the numbers – Priceless

      • JoshGroff

        Who would down vote this?

        • FAL_Fan

          A Matthew sympathizer

  • Nate Davidson

    I have a couple of issues of it being a high priced piece of hardware. I understand that the individual components themselves are not what the end-user is paying for, but the configuration as well as the brand. That being said, this will be an excellent opportunity to compete with Sony and Nintendo in the handheld department. Don’t forget, the PSP Vita has hardware internals that were the best of the time (the software… well, we will not go there.) NVidia will need to competitively price this thing, unless they can offer something someone with a Tablet and a Controller cannot do. I expect nothing more that $400.

    • mustbepbs

      There are a few key differences between this and dedicated gaming handhelds like the Vita and the 3DS. The latter have games (well, maybe not the Vita) they can play while away from WiFi, and good, solid games.

      This? This is marketed towards people who have a lot of disposable income, ones who have gaming rigs at home with all their Steam games, and people who don’t mind that mobile gaming is more like appetizers rather than entrees.

      Even if they priced it at a crazy $299, the market for this is very niche, and it’s very unlikely someone would buy this over a 3DS which has tons of great, offline accessible games if they were in the market for a handheld.

      I’m not knocking the product, just saying that this cannot compete with Vita or 3DS. It’s not the same market.

      • Honestly, I’d love for a more convenient piece of hardware that would let me work on my Steam backlog, so to that end, I’d rather buy this than a PS3 or Vita or something. However, it’s still a lot of money when it really just saves me from hauling out my laptop and Xbox360 controller — if that.

  • mustbepbs

    Don’t worry, NVIDIA, we all know this thing will be ridiculously expensive.

    • j__h

      Not necessarily, They have been embracing lower cost platforms.

  • Charlie

    This thing is going to be expensive! My guess right now would be starting out at $499 US.

    • EvanTheGamer

      If that’s the price NVIDIA is going with, then well…not sure I’ll be getting one. But if it’s only $300, perhaps.

      • I’d have to agree. Even though it’s not apples-to-apples, I think this will be a hard sell if it winds up costing much more than a handheld or home console.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Especially with the inexpensive OUYA coming out in a few months as well as the Xbox 720 and PS4 near the end of the year. And those consoles I know won’t be around $499.99. At least I hope they won’t be.

          • The cool selling point, to me at least, is if you can really play PC games on a portable device, and all without using a TV — similar to the WiiU’s tablet-controller-thing. Otherwise, like you and others have mentioned, in the real world this is competing against smartphones & established consoles.

    • JoshGroff

      Which is exactly why I’ll stick to my nexus 7 and six axis controller. Or use my phone with a gameklip. All of which combined cost me ~ 400.

      • mustbepbs

        Exactly. The Gameklip is a fantastic product.

    • michael arazan

      What’s the point if it is more expensive than an xbox or ps3? android and PC games aren’t going to be worth it for a $400+ device