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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying NVIDIA’s SHIELD?


Well, pricing is official – NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming system will run $349 at launch. So the big question now is, are you going to buy one? This product was first unveiled some five and a half months ago at CES to a mix of emotions and reviews from both media and consumers. We all wondered if there was a need for a portable gaming system that can stream and play your PC  games along with your current mobile collection? Is your phone already a good enough mobile gaming device or is this truly the future of mobile gaming? What would the price be? All tough questions that I’m not sure anyone has an answer for (well outside of the price which we now know), until we can spend more time with.

So tell us, are you buying SHIELD? If so, sell the community on why you are buying it. If not, we tell what is holding you back.

Are You Buying NVIDIA's Project SHIELD?

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  • It’s on my wishlist.

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    Why is this so fugly and high!

  • i dont know about everyone else but i let my pc upgrades fall by the wayside so i dont have the top grafx card or 16gb of ram to run the games i’d like to play so the sheild unless they offer a service which would stream those games for me to the unit isn’t worth it for me.

  • Phil

    Not buying at that price, but when this thing is on clearance for 49.99 I will definitely pick one up. I am not saying this gadget is only worth $50 i am sure the components are pretty pricey, but its worth $50 to me, and I will own this on clearance.

  • ObviousNinja2

    This is a dumb product which was not thought out. First you charge 349 for the thing, when most people can just buy a smartphone (use it as a smartphone) and then get an gaming attachment for mogi.

    Now the real kicker, to pay $349 dollars to play MOBILE PHONE GAMES!!!. Oh…it can connect to your gaming PC……yeah that’s great for the 5% that have decent rigs. This is going price drop so fast. SLAP!

    • Mike

      Exactly. Playstation or Xbox can both be had for that money.

      • cmiram

        Or even a new phone *on contract*, for people who simply want an easy, casual gaming experience

  • umataro42

    I’m happy with my phone and tablet for portable gaming. If I have $350 to spend, its more likely going to be for a full on console – hopefully a PS4 and not a PS3 because that would mean a YLOD for my current one.

  • yep

    honestly, even if it were $50 i wouldn’t get it. just really don’t need it at all.

  • Asmodai

    It’s a nice idea but it would have to be no more than $250 (the PS Vita MSRP) and have a OpenGL ES 3 capable GPU for me to consider buying it over a PS Vita. The Vita may have lower specs but I’m far more confident Sony will continue to support it in the coming years.

  • edude03

    I’m vaguely surprised at all the negativity going on here. The only thing stopping me from buying the Shield is I don’t trust nVidia not to put a locked bootloader on the thing.

    Everyone keeps talking about how cheap you can get a phone on contract that will do “the same thing” but AFAIK there is no mobile chipset with the graphic capabilities of the Tegra 4 chip. When there is a phone like the One X that I can get for under 350 off contract then yeah I’ll get that instead but at the moment that doesn’t exist so this seems like a good deal to me.

    Also – LOL @ the people who are saying all the other stuff they could buy at this price. $350 isn’t a lot of money to spend on something you (should) keep for years. A lot of people will full-time jobs have this sort of extra money kicking around every two weeks.

  • I was intrigued at first, but this price point is asinine. I don’t even have that powerful of a graphics card on my dinosaur of a PC to take advantage of shields best feature which is streaming pc games. Well, i already have a Vita and ps4 says they will offer a similar feature with cross play for vita so Ill much rather stick with that. PLUS this looks just like my phone gaming setup with my gs3 and the Moga pro controller I have. Nice try to pill wool over our eyes NVIDIA!!

  • DoctorJB

    Just get Splashtop and you can stream your games just fine. I don’t see the point of SHIELD when you can do the same thing with existing apps.

  • Edward H

    Or I could just get a controller for my Note 2 and save 300 bucks!

    • flosserelli

      Not quite. Most (if not all) content will almost certainly be Tegra exclusive. This device is justifiable if you are apeshit for Tegra titles. But most people won’t blow $350 on a one-trick pony.

  • Superguy

    I won’t even consider this until there are games I WANT to play available.

    If it’s just the same crap that’s currently out there for Android, I’ll pass.

  • If I wanted to played PC games comfortably, I’d just 1) get a comfier chair to sit at my desk, or 2) setup the big screen and play with an existing controller.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Undecided until the first price drop.

  • SHIELD reminds me of ChromeOS: a science project with no real use case.

    • Tim242

      My sentiments exactly.

  • Rather wait to play with it before making a judgement call. Yes it is not cheap and the fact that you need a video card that’s compatible with streaming games from your PC, your cost just doubled. I hope they have some at GameStop to try out. Once I try then I’ll decide whether it’s worth the price.

    • DoctorJB

      Plenty of cards are compatible with streaming games from a PC. I use Splashtop THD with my N7 and it works great (even with my AMD 7770).

  • mustbepbs

    Survey says!

    • Brandon Golway

      When I hit “no” I was thinking “watch the results are going to be a unanimous ‘no’ ” lol

  • Part of me think they priced this so high so they could make their money back on the dozen they’re bound to sell and then won’t have to make any more. It’s a cool product for them to have on their resume at least then they can forget about it.

  • I’d rather buy an iPad.

    • fanboy1974

      I have to agree. At this price a iPad mini looks to be a better deal. Lets hope that a 1080p nexus 7 at $200 destroys both.

  • Jason Platt

    I use my Vita all the time and think it’s an excellent console. I have no need for a device like this, especially not for $350..

    Until it can stream PC games ANYWHERE and PERFECTLY, I am not interested. They need to try again in about 5 years.

    • justincase_2008

      Yeah between the Vita and 3DS im set.

      • umbrellacorp

        What do you like on the Vita? I want an excuse to get one but no games have stood out to me.

        • justincase_2008

          i liked AC Liberation, Need for speed most wanted Dynasty Warriors Next, Lego Batman 2 was fun, Gravity Rush and All Stars for cross vita ps3 play.

  • Nick S

    I play PC games because I prefer keyboard & mouse to a controller. Do not want.

  • Edwin Mann

    With a little work to map a ps3 controller on ur phone or tablet you’ve saved a whole lot of money. Anyone who pays 350 for this thing is crazy and Nvidia is nuts for such a high price tag on something that isn’t really groundbreaking imo

    • wh1te_mag1c

      But you also get a standalone display with Nvidia Shield.

      • that’s a mixed blessing to me personally — on the one hand it is its own device (with its own battery too), but then i carry my phone everywhere and can’t/don’t want to haul around a dedicated gaming device too

    • umbrellacorp

      Any recommendations for a link to show me how to map a PS3 controller to my phone?

      • Jason James

        Search sixaxis in play store

        • umbrellacorp


  • irtechneo

    350??? They just priced themselves right out of the game. Considering an actual game console costs less this is just ludicrous.

  • Warwick

    For 350. I will just save it for the PS4 or NextBox.

    • Xbox, Durango, Xbox 720. They have no clue what to call it.

      • Ian Smith

        maybe @Bionic knows

        • EvanTheGamer

          Bionic wouldn’t know if a birdie told him so.

          • Geoff Johnson

            But if Sarge said it…

      • Warwick

        I just went for the safe name lol

      • EvanTheGamer

        Either Xbox Infinite or Fusion will probably be the name of the next Xbox,
        according to various sources. I’m thinking Xbox Infinite
        though. (Nice ring to it, actually). Infinite Possibilities and all of that. haha

        • D3fault121

          The Xbox Infinity news was caused by a fake photoshop picture someone posted on reddit as a joke. Took gaming websites several weeks to get “tips” in about it and pushed it as a real news story. But it sounds like a great name for the next gen xbox.

        • mx

          And what would there follow up device be called? Xbox Infinity+1?

          • michael arazan

            “xbox ∞”

            xbox to the power of infinity, which makes the xbox itself infinite

    • EvanTheGamer

      Either Xbox Infinite or Fusion will probably be the name of it, according to various confirmed sources. I’m thinking Xbox Infinite though. (Nice ring to it, actually). Infinite Possibilities and all of that. haha

    • KleenDroid

      I’ll take this $350 and the $300 I would have spent on a subsidized phone and pay full price for my next phone and enjoy burning through my unlimited data.

  • This thing is so over priced. Why bother when you can get a bluetooth controller to use with an existing tablet?

  • Priced themselves right out of the portable gaming race. Yuck. These one trick pony devices are becoming less and less attractive when you figure a device like the S4 for $199 can handle emulating systems like Dreamcast, Gamecube and Wii. Attach your PS3 controller to it and boom, shield destroyed.

    • you’re comment is stupid

      S3 for 199? where i can i get an S4 off contract for 199?

  • I’m really intrigued by this, mostly for a mobile steam client, but i’m not sure i could justify it

  • jamie stevens

    i would rather have a vita for games. or n7 w/ bt controller. both way less money. doest it work as a tablet was well? Surf internet play movies etc, out of the box? You should be able to detach the screen and use as a tab. and cost should be no more than $250

  • I’m gonna go for the 2nd Gen Nexus 7, it should be announced tomorrow, and I can’t help but thinking games that are not optimized for this thing are going to be extremely hard to play (portrait only games).

  • Grimlyte

    maybe $199, There are quite a few things i’d rather have for $350

    • ragnarok180

      350 Tijuana hookers?

      • Grimlyte

        Ugh. Something else to add to the list

  • r0lct

    If the Play game service delivers on a great cloud experience then I would rather have a N7, Gameklip and controller for $50+ less.

  • Detonation

    Between my Xbox for console gaming and GS3/N7 for casual mobile gaming, I can’t find a place for this, especially at this high price. It’s more expensive than any console or handheld out there currently…

  • Not for $350 I won’t be buying it…