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NVIDIA SHIELD Review

NVIDIA SHIELD

Unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NVIDIA’s SHIELD portable gaming console has changed quite a bit from when it was first shown off. We were one of very few sites that were able to get an early hands-on experience with the device, falling head-over-heels for the “Project SHIELD” almost immediately after playing with it. Now in late July (thanks to a delay or two), the device is ready for the general public, undergoing a few cosmetic changes and other enhancements to make it into what NVIDIA hopes is a superb Android-powered gaming device.

SHIELD is capable of performing an extremely long list of tasks – some jaw-droppingly awesome, some just plain awesome, but with a price tag of $299, is SHIELD worth the investment to everyday buyers or best suited for only the hardcore gaming elite? Let’s take a look. 

The Good

Hardware

NVIDIA’s SHIELD comes packing some sweet specs that any gamer would go gaga over. It is powered by a Tegra 4 quad-core processor clocked up to 1.9GHz complete with a 72-core GeForce GPU, features a 5″ HD 720p (1280 x 720, 294 ppi) display, 2GB of RAM, 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed WiFi connectivity, 16GB of flash storage (with expandable microSD card slot), Bluetooth 3.0, 28.8 watt hours of battery, and comes running a vanilla version of Android 4.2+. While the interior of the device sounds “beasty,” it is in no way outdone by the SHIELD’s eye-catching exterior.

The device features a full built-in gaming controller, complete with two left and right thumb joysticks, a full D-pad, a left and right trigger and a left and right bumper button configuration along its backside. In addition, SHIELD features two insanely-loud front-facing speakers, capable of putting out enough sound to make anyone deaf. And I’m not exaggerating – these things are loud. On paper, this device is a top-tier luxury device that can deliver an excellent gaming experience for the price of $299. While we’re at it, we should mention the SHIELD comes with an unlockable bootloader, but tinkerers beware, this will void your warranty.

Battery Life

The battery found in SHIELD is comprised of 3 cells with a combined rating of 28.8-watt-hours. The device is capable of delivering 4 to 5 hours of hardcore Tegra-optimized gaming, while offering up to 10 hours of typical Google Play non-optimized gaming. Users can play up to 15 hours of HD movies while on that cross-Atlantic flight or listen to music up to 40 hours. It’s definitely a beefy battery, something I never even worried about while I spent time with the device. If battery is something that has concerned you with portable gaming consoles, you don’t need to worry about that with SHIELD.

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Build Quality/Feel

SHIELD is a beautiful device. I love looking at it. It’s smooth to the touch, with a hint of this rubbery slick texture, perfect for holding hours on end. I put the “feel” of the device to the test while on a flight back from San Francisco and while I sometimes occasionally get uncomfortable holding my Xbox controller for hours on end, the SHIELD offers a somewhat exaggerated size to it, allowing for a looser grip than that of the Xbox controller. Since it’s bigger, your hand is forced to ease up on the grip, allowing the device to rest comfortably in your hands. It’s sort of a hard thing to describe, but whenever I had a friend hold the device, they were surprised by how solid and portable the device felt.

The device does have a bit of weight to it, but that gives off the sense of sturdiness and ruggedness that someone would expect from a mobile gaming console. If dropped, you would want to make sure your $300 unit wasn’t going to fall apart on you. After opening and closing the clamshell lid a few hundred times, it still feels as if it’s brand new, with no sign of looseness or wobbliness, something I was actually anticipating after a lot of use. For not being known as a real hardware maker, NVIDIA nailed that aspect for SHIELD.

Mobile Gaming on SHIELD

Is it a surprise that the gaming aspect of SHIELD is a positive? I would hope not! The experience is unparalleled. Sure, you could hook up some MOGA controller to your current device and get the same “feel,” but it’s just not the same. When playing SHADOWGUN or Dead Trigger, the SHIELD is badass. This ties directly into the overall feel of SHIELD, but if you like the feel of an Xbox controller, then this device’s sticks are going to feel right at home in your hands. When playing an online multiplayer game, you pretty much have an unfair advantage over other players, but hey, nothing wrong with that. So far, I was able to take SHIELD with me on a plane, in a car, on the couch, at my desk and even on a bus. On each of these occasions I experienced a good time. The display’s ability to be angled completely back is also a huge plus while on the go, as there is no need to worry about weird glare or something like that. SHIELD was definitely built for gaming and if it does one thing right (it does more than one), it’s the gaming aspect.

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Timely Updates

When we had our meeting with NVIDIA to brief us on SHIELD, we brought up updates, given this device is basically running pure Android 4.2 with very minimal optimizations for the device. According to the SHIELD team, the device should receive updates to new versions of Android just six to eight weeks after they launch, a timeframe that isn’t bad at all. Considering it takes much longer sometimes for other OEMs to get updates done for phones, we were happy with that number. Updates will come directly from NVIDIA, and after already receiving an OTA or two on the SHIELD, I can gladly say the updating process is a breeze.

Accessories

SHIELD launches with a few accessories, one of which we would highly recommend picking up if you plan on buying a unit. NVIDIA designed these custom tags, which are magnetic lids that go onto the device. This is an easy way to customize your SHIELD to your liking, but NVIDIA stated that these would be used more in a multi-SHIELD household. There is a plain black lid, a carbon fiber (my favorite) and a metallic silver cover. All are made from good materials and don’t show scratches or wear after quite a bit of use. The accessory which we urge you to pick up is the hard shell case. If you are going to be doing any traveling with SHIELD, you better have one of these. They run $40, but are designed to fit the unit perfectly and also come with a slot in the backside, perfect for charging while the device is bundled up safely in the case. In the future, we would love to see more products come out for SHIELD in terms of accessories, especially more colors/options for custom lids.

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Features Found Nowhere Else 

SHIELD is capable of streaming PC games over your home’s WiFi connection, something no other device is capable of doing. The only issue is that you need a GeForce GTX powered desktop, but if you have one of those, you are in real luck. I don’t have the required hardware at my house, so unfortunately my review will lack any portion of this awesome feature. Although, NVIDIA has done plenty of their own videos and highlights of this feature, a bit of which can be seen in the below video. If this feature is the main-selling point for you, then check it out.

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The Not-so-Good

Cost

Now let me clarify, the price of $299 is not outrageous or even uncalled for when it comes to SHIELD. The main issue, is potential customers in general. No, I’m not calling anyone cheap, but every time the price is mentioned there are plenty of people who claim that the price is keeping them from picking one up. It was announced that SHIELD would launch for $349, a price that seemed reasonable for what you get. This is not a janky device. It is made of high quality materials, brings a polished gaming experience and the support of NVIDIA. After plenty of community feedback, NVIDIA backtracked and lowered the price to $299 and still, the community didn’t feel it to be low enough.

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Now, another issue is that companies such as Google are creating great products with ASUS and Samsung, then taking a financial loss when customers buy their products at ridiculous prices. Google can get away with not meeting margins, other companies shouldn’t settle for this. If NVIDIA makes a superior product and values it at $299 or even $349, they should stick to their guns and not devalue their own product in light of some negative feedback. To sum this section up, $299 is a great price if you plan on using SHIELD to its potential. It has the PC game streaming over WiFi, a solid 5″ display, Tegra 4 performance and a fantastic controller built in. If that isn’t worth $299, I don’t know what is. If you are buying this to play games found on Google Play, then this investment may not meet its potential.

Lack of 1080p Display 

Using a 720p HD display instead of going Full HD could be a result of attempting to keep their price low. For this, we understand, but the SHIELD’s display reminds us of last year’s Nexus 7. The colors don’t pop and images aren’t extremely crisp. It gets the job done, but if I was streaming my high-quality PC games to SHIELD, I would want to see some high-res awesomeness. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else to say on the matter, but if there ever is a refresh of SHIELD sometime in the future, we hope it comes with 1080p.

Finding Games That Aren’t Compatible

This has been our number one issue with SHIELD. Over the course of time we have had our review unit, plenty of awesome games have hit Google Play, games that would pair very well with SHIELD. What is even more concerning is that there are a number of games that have been on Google Play for some time that SHIELD would go nicely with, but there is no support. Here are a few that should be compatible right from the start, yet aren’t – N.O.V.A. 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Crazy Taxi, Smash Cops Heats, Into the Dead and the list goes on. NVIDIA combed Google Play and has a list of 100+ titles that are compatible, but as a group of Android enthusiasts who enjoys mobile gaming, their list really didn’t impress us.

A big peeve was downloading a game (sometimes they are huge 1GB+ files) and opening it up on SHIELD, only to find that the controls didn’t work. Playing a game with on-screen controls with SHIELD is so awkward that we didn’t even bother in most cases. If you can’t use the controller, then what’s the point? This issue, in our eyes, should be addressed by NVIDIA supporting some type of platform for developers to quickly build in SHIELD compatibility. If users were assured that support for the device was coming to games they want or even a thought in the developer’s mind, it would help quite a bit in the short term.

No Front-Facing Camera 

The lack of any camera at all is sort of a downer. We could chalk this one up to keeping the price down again, but it’s still something that plenty of people would have liked to see. There seems to be plenty of room for a front-facing shooter, but what’s done is done. This would have been a great little Google Hangouts device as the device acts as a stand for itself, so again, this is just a downer to us.

Huge Bezels 

Sorry for the nitpicking, but this bugs us enough to justify its place in the not-so-good section. Surrounding the SHIELD’s display and its edge, there is about a 3/4″ gap of just pure bezel. We would have loved to see this space filled by more display, but what can you do? When you look at the device’s front, you get the sense that the display is almost too small for how big the controller is, as if the screen isn’t proportionate to the monster controller. Again, this might just bother us, but along with a 1080p display, we would have been happy with a bigger one too.

Interface Gallery

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Videos

Unboxing

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Hardware and Software Tour

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Playing With an AR Drone 2.0

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Dead Trigger 2 Gameplay 

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The Verdict

Well, time to wrap it up.

In conclusion, I would just ask that potential buyers be sure of what they are looking for SHIELD to accomplish. If you are looking for the perfect device to connect to your PC for streaming games to your couch, then it’s a no brainer. If you are looking to have an over the top Google Play gaming experience and want to maximize your fun, while spending $300, then go for it. I think SHIELD overall is a fantastic, albeit luxury device. This isn’t a toy that everyone needs though, and unless you are very heavy into mobile gaming, then it won’t serve much of a purpose. It has no camera, the display is awkward to use when not using the built-in controller, and for $300, some people might want to get more for their money.

My best recommendation would be to see if there is a SHIELD Experience Center near you. If so, go spend some time with the device. Get your hands on it and see if this is something you would truly want/need. Experience Centers are all over the country and you can find one near you by following this link.

  • http://www.yepi10.net/ yepi 10

    oh my god! don’t believe

  • Cynthetic

    I do think the streaming of PC games is awesome but the fact that they’re trying to make it seem like the first device that can do it is kind of bizarre to me. My Asus Transformer Prime can do all of this using splashtop THD and I dont have to be on the same wifi connection as my computer either. I think it was either at last years CES or two years ago Nvidia did a demo of it too where they had Fatal1ty playing Skyrim on a transformer prime… >.<

  • Higher_Ground

    I agree that it’s a great device, I’m just not sure there was ever any demand for such a product (caveat: a demand for a product like this at the price point we’re looking at).
    I have a tablet from last year that cost $400 (was a gift) and while it runs slow as molasses at times, I think it would still blow this out of the water in terms of functionality (I know it’s also $100 cheaper). What I really want is just an app or something that would allow me to use a normal xbox 360 controler, seeing as I already have 4 of them and 2 barely get any use.

  • zurginator

    “SHIELD offers a somewhat exaggerated size to it, allowing for a looser grip than that of the Xbox controller. Since it’s bigger, your hand is forced to ease up on the grip, allowing the device to rest comfortably in your hands.”

    THE DUKE IS BACK!

  • Droidzilla

    Honest question: what does this tangibly bring to the table that something like a MOGA mated to a Nexus 4/SGS4/GN2/etc. doesn’t, outside of streaming computer games over home WiFi?

  • rutgersjaffo

    Seriously, who here at DL is sleeping with the NVIDIA SHIELD guys? NO ONE CARES. Stop pushing this garbage every day. NO ONE is going to spend over $200 on this thing.

  • Blue Sun

    I almost totally forgot about this device with the busy summer we have had… 4.3, announcements of Droid line up, Moto X, etc.

  • Elronza Williams Jr.

    Excellent article and stunning review! I have made up my mind that the Shield is my perfect console. I don’t own a PC with an Nvidia graphics card, but the Android games Emulators and AppS that the Nvidia Shield supports makes it the ultimate console! And 4k video output is overkill. I own a 3G PS Vita that I paid 299$ for and let me tell you I have owned my PS Vita since launch. The Nvidia Shield is worth its price of 299$ unlike the PS Vita. And I own over 40 games on my PS Vita that have cost me over 400$ 20 of which are PS Vita games. So I Welcome the pricing of Android games. Not to mention most of the PS Vitas games are worse then Android games I played back when I had my 4G Sony Xperia Play.

  • PhilyP

    omg all i want is Dead Trigger 2 for my new nexus 7 :D

  • fauxshizzl

    So when can you buy them in stores? Even Nvidias page says shipping is 2-3 weeks.

  • Billy Buttons

    Ah! My eyes! That d-pad! Get it away!

  • Mr E

    I really like the idea of this thing, but as I don’t have a computer with an nVidia GTX card, one of the biggest draws is kind of wasted for me. Idk if there’s a technical reason it can’t work with decent GT cards, but that’s a real downer. I would have considered picking one up otherwise. To be honest, the Android gaming capability is neat, but there seems like much fewer games where it would be worthwhile — especially when a fair number of those aren’t even compatible.

    • renz

      well at least you need kepler based card for sure. the lowest requirement is GTX650 which contain one of the slowest kepler based chip (GK107). some GT640 and below (GT630, 620, 610) still fermi based. the streaming function need fixed hardware inside kepler to work. i think it was called NVENC or something like that. it is part of their GRID tech

  • mustbepbs

    A product like this just shows how out of touch NVIDIA is.

    • renz

      the purpose is just to promote tegra platform and somehow connect them to the already existing nvidia technology. even if the device doesn’t sell much at least they can show the public and more importantly developer and partners the capabilities of their chip and other tech

    • Matthew

      Meanwhile Newegg is sold out.

      • mustbepbs

        Perceived stock =/= actual stock.

        It’s a marketing strategy, don’t get too excited.

  • fauxshizzl

    I wish they would build an app for it so you had the ability to map the buttons to the controller in any configuration you wanted and on any game that worked on the device. This seems like a huge missed opportunity. Not to mention the number of premium titles noted that still aren’t even supported to play at all. I hope I am right in saying this has too much potential to not get a lot better in the near future through updates.

  • MichaelFranz

    I want to want this device i really really do..We have come a long way from the OG droid game stick controllers and things like that for our mobile gaming. I just would see myself getting this, and not enjoying it all that much after a few months.maybe once they price drop to $99 after a year or 2 i’ll think about it, but even then there will probably be a newer one out.

    Another thing, while i think NVIDIA did a great thing here, lets remember it is still first gen. I would think that a future model would have better gaming processor power and possibly not only be for mobile gaming but have it own games specifically for it. I know there are “Shield Optimizied games” but what i mean is developers working from scratch on titles like madden, NFS, call of duty, etc etc specifically for this device and not to be made for you phone or tablet.

  • GarnetandBlack

    I bought one and can’t wait for it to arrive. I game a lot – PS3, PC, and yes, I’ve got a LOT of android games. Shield lets me do two of those things on the same device while still maintaining a stock Android experience and all of the functionality that goes with it.

    When I was considering an upgrade to my OG Nexus 7, of course my first thought was the new Nexus 7. But for not much more, I get an arguably better SOC, a good, solid controller built in, and game streaming functionality that I wouldn’t have on the 7.

    I may still get one of the new Nexus 7s just because, but I’m definitely more excited about the possibilities with Shield.

  • http://www.mercubuana.ac.id/ ryditya909

    Nvidia awesome creative

  • Roy Furious

    Tim – How well does the HDMI output work? Did I hear 4k output?

    Also, has NVIDIA mentioned 4.3 and OPENGL? I would think that would be big news for this type of device.

  • Asmodai

    Android gaming device without OpenGL ES 3.0 compatible GPU = fail. Not having a 1080p screen doesn’t help either. If I wasn’t going to buy a phone soon that had both of these maybe. But why pay an extra $300 for a gaming device with lower rez and a worse GPU then the phone I already have? The exclusive features aren’t worth that price to me.

    • renz

      not having OpenGl ES 3.0 not necessarily fail. by the time most developer using OpenGL ES 3.0 tegra 4 might have been long obsolete in mobile SoC. also the choice for 720p screen definitely a better choice compared to 1080p one because this device aimed for smooth gaming performance. also i don’t think there are chip which much faster gpu than Tegra 4 except adreno 800 right now. unless you have device using one (Snapdragon 800)

      • Asmodai

        You’re kidding right? The Tegra 4’s GPU is crap, it’s just a tweaked Tegra 3 GPU. The Adreno 320’s in the older Snapdragon PRO SoCs from Qualcomm are superior GPUs as are the Mali-T6xx series GPUs from ARM and PowerVR Series 5 GPU in the iPad 4, not to mention the soon to be released Series 6 “Rogue” GPUs. Also if I’m spending $300 on a portable gaming device I want it to last YEARS so OpenGL 3.0 which is now officially supported by Android will absolutely see heavy use in it’s lifetime. It’s not a phone that I’m going to upgrade every year, it’s a portable gaming console like a PS Vita.

        The Tegra line has ironically never had good GPUs. That is supposed to change with Tegra 5 “Logan” when they are based off of the Kepler architecture but as for now it’s not that great. They should have waited for Tegra 5 to make Shield. The concept is good, the execution is poor.

        • renz

          feature wise adreno 320 might be better than tegra 4 gpu but performance wise adreno 320 won’t beat the gpu inside tegra 4. take this an example: GTX550 Ti vs GTX285. feature wise GTX550 Ti will be better because it incorporate dx11 tech inside where as GTX285 just limited at DX10. but performance wise GTX285 still blow GTX550 Ti. Tegra 4 gpu might still based on the same tech as Tegra 3 but the amount of core packed inside Tegra 4 are much greater than Tegra 3 which result in substantial performance increase in raw gpu power (12 vs 72).

          also there is no need to wait for Tegra 5 for Shield. the very purpose of the device is to promote tegra platform. this year nvidia promoting tegra 4 with next year shield nvidia will promoting tegra 5 (if nvidia stay true to their intend to make yearly update to shield).

          also this device need not to worry about competition from Vita or 3DS because it will not compete with those two. even nvidia themselves did not expect a lot of return in term of profit with this device. if nvidia really intend to fight sony and nintendo they will not going to tell you that they intend to introduce new shield every year

  • iamnotfan

    I’d rather buy another nexus 7

  • http://www.kizi10.info/ Kizi 10

    I am glad to catch idea from your article. It has information I have been searching for a long time. Thanks so much.

  • RAJ ESH

    it seems it is a good device – check here also

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  • Bill Hill

    Anyone else think this is going to get hacked and then ported over to other Tegra 4 devices in the near future?

  • Mchl496

    This or I can get a Nintendo 3DSXL and have access to games which are going to be fun for sure.

  • Kizaru Hiruko

    When the Shield was announced, I was excited for it. I was practically begging NVIDIA to take my money right then and there. However, when I found out that the game streaming feature only worked on your home Wi-Fi network, in addition to it not being supported on my hardware, it was a bit of a deal breaker. I thought that either my desktop’s GTX 570 or my laptop’s GTX 560M would be compatible. In addition, if I’m in the same vicinity as my desktop or laptop, I’d rather play games on their larger displays. I really like the concept of the Shield, but I’m not ready to own one. Maybe I’ll try it out when I get a new GPU.

    • justincase_2008

      Yeah after seeing home wifi only i was out. And after my SIL 580s cant be used or my 660m i lost all interest in this.

  • radiohead14

    with most games being optimized for touch nowadays (which i’m not a big fan of – i’m oldschool and prefer controllers).. this will be pointless for some people. unless nvidia gets most of the devs on board. as soon as they get square to add support for this on all their final fantasy games.. then i’m in. other than that.. maybe if you play emulators a lot..

  • JCat_NY

    Just grabbed the new Nexus 7 and have a Ouya. It’s the best of both worlds: Mobile gaming on a insanely beautiful display, and on the couch, android/indy gaming with a control pad. Just $29-$69.00 more than the Shield. Pack on emulators, and a usb drive and share the goods between both systems.

  • mrbirdman

    I got some hands on time with one of these things at I/O and i gotta say tim’s pretty much nailed it here.

    This thing looks like its just the worst thing in the world to hold in your hands (my hands cringed when they saw the pictures of it when it was announced) its not that bad.

    Theres not a whole lot out there on the market in terms of an open gaming platform (much less mobile). and its good to see someone throw their hat into the ring with nintendo. (not that nintendo is open, just the mobile and gaming parts) (the psvita will maybe one day come along and do something worthy of a hat in the ring).

    • zurginator

      Honestly, I’m kinda disappointed in Nintendo recently.

      Give me a Gameboy HD with a 720p 4.5″ screen, designed like the original GBA. None of this thumbstick crap either, just a solid D-pad, 6 front buttons (abxyss), and 2 (maybe 4) triggers. Bring back the GBA library via VC, and you’ve already got one of the best libraries in mobile gaming.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        I’m doing that… with my Shield via emulation. It runs like a CHAMP.

        • zurginator

          Shield is far too large for comfortable carry though….

  • Detonation

    Gotta love how every tech site just posted their Shield review at midnight. Guess NVidia didn’t want any press before the release date…afraid of bad reviews hurting sales??

    • Ketan B. Parmar

      some of them posted exactly at same time, weird :-/

    • helengoodloe22

      Programs must be written for people to read, and only
      incidentally for machines to execute. Just turn to this way to make your
      dollars… buzz14.ℂℴm

    • decidedtochangename

      Many OEM put in embargos leading up to release date. Same with the Moto X, I’m sure bloggers got/get it early and will sit on their review until after the announcement when Moto gives them the OK on release day, possibly the day before.

      • Detonation

        Right, but the details of the Shield were no mystery at this time. NVidia already officially announced it back in May.

        • Chris Anton

          Right but the reviews were a mystery, as you said earlier. So yeah, pretty much they don’t want massive amounts of people knowing a month in advance which way the reviews will go. Cancelling pre-orders and what have you.

    • Roy Furious
  • TheOiulkj

    I thought that this was the coolest thing ever when it was first announced. I then changed my mind completely when I heard that it can only stream pc games over your own local network. It would be cool to be able to harness the power of your PC from anywhere in the world (with a decent network connection) but I have no use for a “mobile” gaming device, when that mobile device is limited to the immediate range of my local network. Especially when my actual computer will be about 5 feet away. I guess you could whip it out when you’re particularly bored while on the pooper, but that’s hardly worth $300…. er $299.9999, sorry.

  • Itscoming

    If you criticize this for its 720p screen and not the Moto X I would lose all respect for this site. I can already feel it coming.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      For a smartphone, 1080p isn’t quite as necessary as it would be on a device of this caliber. This is made for extreme gaming and awesome graphics. With no 1080p, it’s a downer. The Moto X will more than likely feature a higher ppi on a smaller display, so there’s that too. There’s a lot to consider. :)

      • droyd4life

        Am I the only one who thinks It’s ridiculous we’re complaining about a 294 PPI screen?? It’s $300 guys. It has the fastest SoC on the market.

      • James Hill

        I don’t know about that, Tim. Ever since I got the Droid DNA, I find that reading websites is far easier on my eyes. For that reason alone, I find any screen on a phone after the summer of 2013 should be close to 400ppi.

      • David Narada Brown

        phones dont really need a 1080p screen, look at the note 2! everyone loves that phone and the screen is bigger than the shield and Moto X running 720p. I dont know why people keep looking at specs to determine the worth of a device. dont get me wrong i wouldnt want specs to be out of date in just a few months but i dont believe this is the case with the shield or Moto X. if they want to keep a screen at 720p and improve color reproduction or just improve the quality of the picture im all for it.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        How much more bandwidth would 1080p require over 720p when streaming games from your PC? As for movies I just output it to my TV anyway.

    • Avery Dejuan Herron

      keep in mind that nvidia paid for this to be written as are most of the articles on this site they were paid for because no one really wants this ugly thing.

    • James Hill

      You had to have known you were going to receive down votes ^_^

  • Knlegend1

    Without exclusive content this is a waste of potential.

  • CharlesJorgenson

    i feel like this is an answer to a question nobody asked. I mean if i was 15 then maybe this would be my dream device but at this point in my life i prefer something that is useful for more than gaming. I know that this does more than gaming but with the tiny screen and the massive controller, i can’t see using it for a regular tablet too and therein lies the problem. i can buy a nexus 7 for 200 that plays games almost as well, and it has other uses.

  • JamesU513

    They should have made the screen a little bigger… 5 inches is too small for this kind of device… Obviously you can connect to a TV, but for on the go purposes