SHIELD is expected to start shipping to consumers by the end of June 2013. Pre-order SHIELD.
SHIELD will initially be available only in the United States and Canada.
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As SHIELD is a full-featured Android device with a multi-touch screen and access to the Google Play store, gamers can access and play an extensive catalog of Android games on SHIELD. Games optimized for gamepads and 5" landscape displays are going to provide the best gaming experience. Check out the list of SHIELD optimized games available from TegraZone.
The basic requirements are a Wi-Fi router and a modern gaming PC with a GeForce GTX 650 or higher desktop GPU. The detailed requirements are:
NVIDIA uses the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPU along with special streaming software integrated into an upcoming version of GeForce Experience to stream games from the PC to SHIELD over the user’s home Wi-Fi network with ultra-low latency. Gamers use SHIELD as the controller and display for their favorite PC games as well as for Steam Big Picture. This enables gamers to get a GeForce GTX PC gaming experience anywhere in their home Wi-Fi network.
For BETA we are supporting a select number of Steam games as well as enabling access to Steam Big Picture. A complete list of supported games will be published at launch.
PC streaming will release as a BETA feature at initial launch of SHIELD. The PC Streaming BETA will feature a select number of supported games from Steam, access to Steam Big Picture, and a set of recommended routers. After conclusion of the BETA period, users will receive a free software update to the official release that includes expanded game support, broader Wi-Fi compatibility, feature enhancements, and any needed bug fixes based on BETA feedback.
SHIELD provides a full console-grade controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, L/R bumpers, L/R analog triggers, Start/Back/Home/Volume buttons, and a multi-function NVIDIA/Power button.
SHIELD comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer's warranty. Warranty details.
No, your credit card will not be charged until the product ships. However, a temporary authorization for a nominal amount may appear on your online statement. This temporary authorization is used to validate the credit card used to purchase your SHIELD.