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NVIDIA Sets Up SHIELD Experience Centers in Select GameStops, Go Try it Out


With launch pushed back, there are people out there that pre-ordered NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming console, but were met with sad emails last week. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on a SHIELD unit and want to see what all of the fuss is about, NVIDIA has partnered with GameStop and Micro Center to set up some unique SHIELD Experience Centers throughout the country. 

In total, there appears to be 20 Experience Centers throughout the United States. Their locations range from San Francisco and Long Beach, CA all the way to the East Coast in Miami, FL and New York, NY.

If you want to try one out for yourself, you can look up to see which location is near you on their pre-order page right here. In addition, you can see some of the fun we have been having with our SHIELD unit by checking out this video here. Just flying a Drone 2.0 with SHIELD, no big deal. We also have an unboxing.


  • godrilla

    I’ll put money down that non of these stands will stream pc games just play android!

  • Octotron

    Because 1k in equipment and a stand is too much to ask to place in all GameStop stores….

    • Daniel

      Or at least 1 in each major metropolitan area? Is that really to much?

  • This setting will have its own meaning, I hope everything will be fine.

  • socalrailroader

    I’m not driving 120 miles south to SF just to try it out, sorry lol We have Gamestop here too, 8 miles south in Ukiah.

  • Elronza Williams Jr.

    I can’t wait to buy an Nvidia Shield!

  • 4n1m4L

    Texas gets 3 and az gets none?

  • whiteinge

    I’d be completely on board if Shield could stream all PC games. The wording in their FAQ about only working with “select” games leaves things too up in the air, so I’ll wait for reviews/maturation.

    • Daniel

      The streaming Program is only in BETA.

      • michael arazan

        It’s a neat idea, but I’ll wait for 2.0, if it makes it to another device.

        • godrilla

          Im also waiting for a tegra 5 version with 1080p resolution that can play bf3. Probably next summer.

      • godrilla

        So why would anyone buy anything that is in beta? Wait for the official version or when more than a handful of games are supported!

        • Daniel

          Hmm? I did not know that the shield ONLY streamed games? Guess because the only feature it has is a beta feature I should say screw it and not pick one up…

          • godrilla

            Well if you want one for mainly streaming pc games then I would hold off, my comment was to inform those that want to purchase the shield for pc streaming and believe let say crysis 3 is supported, well it’s not, and only a handful of games are! So if you want one for pc streaming I would hold off until more games are supported and it’s not a beta feature.

          • ocre

            thats not true. It doesnt “only stream games”. Actually PC game streaming is a secondary function in beta.

            Also need to add the reason streaming PC games is beta and why they are saying “select games”. There are countless PC games out there and they vary massively. Games that were designed only with mouse and keyboard have to be converted to run with shield on a controller. This is the tricky part.

            See most recent games already work with a controller no problem and they will work flawlessly with shield. Just about any game that is multi-platform that exist on a console will fit with shield right off the bat. But there are some PC games that have never been designed with a controller in mind and these will have to be painstakingly converted with varying results. Some will convert without much issues but some PC games are just not fit for a controller. Games like WOW. So Nvidia will have their hands full trying to make these kind of titles functional. So a lot of work will have to be done on these keyboard and mouse oriented titles. Naturally, nvidia will attack the most popular first but the massive amount of PC libraries out there really make this a hug task. I think in the end it would be better if they just had a list of supported games.

            Most of the huge selling titles already have a controller option and these will work no problem.

  • JDub

    I’m starting to think NVIDIA is paying you for each article.

    • punkroyale


    • Wouldn’t that be the life? lol

  • Blue Sun

    Looks like a good use for those defective SHIELD units.

    • Daniel

      They are most likely using the left over pre-production units as those did not have the issues the launch ones did (blame the 3rd party manufacturer of whatever component was messed up)
      That would explain why so few stores are being supported.

      • Blue Sun

        I guess I should not have left out the “/s” at the end. Point taken regarding your post.

  • Gr8Ray


  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    NVIDIA should have skipped the shield and instead they should have made a 99 dollar console powered by grid in conjunction with steam.

    • blindexecutioner

      About 95% of the reason I want a Shield is because it is portable.