The Shield was NVIDIA’s first jump into the handheld game console market. Built on Android Jelly Bean, this handheld gaming console was released on July 31, 2013.
Specs on the NVIDIA Shield are impressive, making it a favorite among hardcore gamers. It runs Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean), and is upgradable to Android 4.4.2. There’s also a Tegra 4 chipset, 1.9 GHz quad-core-ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, 2GB DDR3L RAM, 16 GB flash memory, microSD expansion, a 5-inch 1280x720 294ppi IPS Retinal LCD display, and 72 GeForce graphics cores.
Using the console is easy. The display is a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, and the hardware features a 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, microphone, and all the buttons you’d expect to find on-board, similar to the popular Playstation and Xbox controllers on the market.
Connectivity includes WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB, mini HDMI, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. NVIDIA also offers connectivity to their own ‘TegraZone’, where users can easily download and play games optimized for Shield. Of course, users can easily open, use, and download games from Google Play, since the device runs stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.
All-in-all, the NVIDIA Shield is a definite showpiece for NVIDIA’s in-house technology. The Tegra 4 processor shines, and gameplay is quick, responsive, and immersive.