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NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, Ultimate Portable Gaming for $299

We have two new gaming toys from NVIDIA this morning, the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Both devices are part of the newly-named “SHIELD Family,” which also includes last year’s SHIELD, which will now be known as SHIELD Portable.

The SHIELD Tablet and Controller have been specifically designed for gamers, allowing players the best performance and gaming experience they could ever hope for while not on their gaming rig at home. Ultimately, NVIDIA wants to allow gamers to play mobile games, as well as PC games, in a way which was not possible before. 

Powered by the Tegra K1 processor, with its 192 core Kepler GPU, the SHIELD Tablet is every gamer’s dream slate. With an 8″ Full HD display, games will look crisp, run smoothly, and sound phenomenal with the dual front-facing stereo speakers. However, as all serious mobile gamers might know, a few games aren’t that fun with on-screen controls. This is where SHIELD Controller comes in handy.

Made to play like a high-grade console controller, the SHIELD Controller seamlessly syncs to your SHIELD Tablet via WiFi Direct, which allows you to play your games virtually lag free. The controller features a built-in microphone, rechargeable Li-ion battery, a full button arrangement including a D pad, bumpers, triggers, A/B/X/Y buttons, topped off by a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with voice chat support.


Given this is NVIDIA, the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller are compatible with GameStream, which is a platform designed to allow gamers to play their favorite PC games on SHIELD mobile devices. While hooked up to your home network, players can stream games via Steam to the SHIELD Tablet, and control the gameplay with SHIELD Controller. It’s quite the process, but once hooked up and booted, having tried it myself, it’s a great gaming experience. Keep in mind, though, that using GameStream does require a PC powered by a GeForce graphics card.

One feature that stands above the rest in my eyes is “Stream to Twitch.” When enabled, users can stream directly from the SHIELD Tablet to Twitch for anyone to watch live, and can also overlay a direct video feed from the Tablet’s built-in front-facing camera. To give you an example of this feature, I could stream Call of Duty: Ghosts from my PC via Steam to the SHIELD Tablet, while at the same time, stream my gameplay and video footage to Twitch for anyone to watch in realtime. The SHIELD Tablet is the first device on the market to allow for this feature.

Let’s talk pricing and availability. The SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller will be made available beginning July 29, starting at the price of $299. The SHIELD Tablet with 16GB of storage with WiFi will be available for $299, while the SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE connectivity and 32GB of storage will retail for $399. The SHIELD Controller is priced at $59. A cover/stand made specifically for SHIELD Tablet is priced at $39.

We will soon have a full hands-on and impressions post with the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, followed by a complete gaming review, but until then, check out the spec list and NVIDIA’s video below. As always, we want to know what you think of these new devices, so head on into the comments section below to drop your opinion of NVIDIA’s newest devices made especially for gamers.

SHIELD Tablet Specs

  • 8″ Full HD IPS LCD (1920 x 1200) display
  • Tegra K1 2.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 192 core Kepler GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • DirectStylus 2
  • 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage
  • microSD slot up to 128GB
  • Front-facing dual stereo speakers
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2 MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Micro-SIM on 4G LTE model
  • 10 hour HD video playback battery life
  • OTA updates direct from NVIDIA

  • jamaall

    So lets see, 16GB Tab for $299 plus the stand at $39, plus the controller at $59, so we’re looking at $400 and it can play full PC games given you have a gaming rig set up. Definitely worth it, though I may wait until later this year when there may be deals, most likely discounting the controller at the very least.

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  • Eric J.

    Are you sure the specs are right? Why would the controller connect via Wi-Fi direct to the tablet instead of bluetooth? It makes way more sense for the tablet to connect to your computer via Wi-Fi direct for “lag-free gaming”.

    • ulba

      I dunno. Wi-Fi direct isn’t multi-homed is it?

      • Eric J.

        And yet, Sony/Nintendo don’t think it’s worth the cost to add Wi-Fi radio to every controller they make.

    • JMonkeYJ

      Supposedly wifi direct is lower latency than BT for controllers.

  • bboyairwreck

    Is it time to retire my HP Touchpad. Hmmmm…. Maybe. KitKat on the HP Has given this tablet life tho. But definitely not even close to this new angel. We’ll seeeeee

    • HarleyGuy72

      What ROM are you running on your TP? I’m currently running Evervolv nightlies but was thinking of going back to CM. Cheers!

  • Justen DeBowles

    Selling my Galaxy note 10.1 for something like this… this is awesome. and with a 8″ screen I don’t need to have both 7″ and a 10″ tablets

  • flosserelli

    Hmmm. I may finally retire my Xoom.

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  • Mordecaidrake

    Is that stock android that I see? I need a new tablet, this could be it…

    • SchwannyT

      I hope. The gaming specs are great, but the rest of the day I need a tablet with Play Store and all my stuff on it. I don’t want a tablet that the OS gets dated on because Nvidia is off building a new Shield

      • hkklife

        Let’s see…….Nexus 7 2013 is a little small and getting long in the tooth. Aside from Samsung and their maddeningly gimped internal storage Tabs, there are no other alternatives for a decently-spec’d Android tablet, especially one that’ll actually get updated (though I would prefer 8.4″ over 8″). No sign of a tablet from Moto or HTC or the mythical Nexus 8. Sounds like the 32GB LTE variant is my next tablet….but I REALLY wish Nvidia would bow to pressure and release a $350 32GB Wi-Fi version! THAT is what I really want!

        • Mordecaidrake

          Yeah, this might be my next tablet. I have no use for the LTE though, I’ll just tether to my phone. What’s nice is it doesn’t appear to be heavy customized. They launched with stock android and just threw their nvidia apps on it.

        • Raven

          I wholeheartedly agree. I said the exact same thing in the last article about the Shield Tablet.

      • Mordecaidrake

        It comes with Google Play services.

      • Justen DeBowles

        The tegra note tablet that preceded this one has a more up to date OS than many of the other tablets out there except the nexus line. NVIDIA keeps their word on this shield line and tegra note line (which this tablet is a successor for).

    • Yes, stock Android, plus a few proprietary tweaks from NVIDIA. UI is all Android though.

      • Mordecaidrake

        You sir may have just made my day. I need to replace my OG Nexus 7, thing runs slow as hell!

        • chris_johns

          you and me both in teh same boat with the og n7…this might e my new tablet

        • DurkaDurkaJihad

          OG N7 here too. Pretty sure this is going to be my next tablet.

  • Guest

    any idea who make the tab for nvidia?

  • Rock_Kickass

    Even if this thing didn’t have the gaming functionality it’d still be a baller tablet. That’s just icing on the cake.

    • Rob

      Agreed. People over at The Verge are all making fun of the tablet, I have no idea why though. It looks like it has a solid build and would be at the very least a great tablet.

      • j

        Yea I don’t get it. Good specs, strong SoC, front facing speakers, etc. Just a nice little 8″ tablet at a competitive price if nothing more.

      • Raven

        Because they are jealous that it is better than an iPad Mini.

  • AngryBadger

    Hmm… now this is interesting. can’t wait for the review.

  • JP

    Selling my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 32gb for this…Finally a kick ass 8″ tablet.

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    War thunder?On Android?