So some information on how to get PCSX2 working with the Shield Controller as promised. Basically you want to make sure you're using at least PCSX2 version 1.2.1. You can add this game into your Shield streaming library by opening Geforce Experience, going to the Gamestream section, and manually adding the executable to the games list. From there, go into PCSX2 and set the controller plugin to Pokopom Xinput. This will enable the Shield controls to work with your PS2 games. Check out the video below for help on how to change the plugin. Leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions. Til next time all!
Well, the new Shield tablet has launched and people seem to be loving it. I have yet to use one. I asked Nvidia to send me one but they never responded. I guess my site is too new and I'm just a small fish in the online world of game devices and gaming reviews. I'm sure they sent some to IGN to check out. I digress. One of the biggest reasons I don't think I'd like to own one is because it's not really a successor to the original Shield. Part of the draw of Shield 1 was the fact that it was indeed a portable game system. I could throw it in my messenger bag and pull it out at the doctors office and get some gaming in. When I combined my current tablet as a hotspot using Verizon 4G LTE, I can play my PC games from practically anywhere. The built in controller of the Shield 1 is it's bread and butter. It is a great controller and is very practical. The Shield Tablet is just that... a tablet. You have to buy a separate controller which is something you can do for any tablet out there. A lot of them are very powerful and run the same emulators and games as the Shield Tablet will.
Why would Nvidia release a device trying to compete with the Ipad or a Samsung Tablet? The Shield 1 was in it's own niche as an Android based portable game device. The new Shield should have been along the same vein as the current Shield... with a built in controller. Just make the screen larger, add ethernet, a better D-pad (which I never have a problem with but some do), and maybe a few other bells and whistles. A tablet is not convenient to play on the go. I can't put it on my lap and play in the doctors office or in my car when my wife is driving. It's not convenient. I think Nvidia pretty much dropped the ball on this one. I don't deny it's a very powerful tablet and if I were in the market for a new tablet, I'd probably pick one up. But my current tablet is more than fine for me and fits the needs I want in a tablet, great video, great audio, and a crisp clear screen. I hope the next Shield goes back to the original form factor. At least I can take solice in the fact that I do have the Shield 1 and it will provide me with boundless entertainment for more years to come.
So I guess I should first share you with all I'm a big fan of WWE wrestling. I've been watching it since the 80's and 90's. I was there when the Shockmaster fell through the prop akwardly, I was there for the great Hulk Hogan heel turn, I was there when Undertaker threw Mankind off the Hell in the Cell. I love wrestling. I subscribe to the WWE Network for .....NINE NINETY NINE! With that being said I've also loved playing wrestling games. Mostly the US wrestling games have sucked throughout the years except for the AKI games on N64. In the early 2000's I found myself mainly playing Japanese wrestling games like AJPW Kings Soul for PSX and Fireprowrestling for Dreamcast and then PSX. I saw the Smackdown games from Yukes coming out but never felt any interest. Well recently I decided to get Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain because I saw so many people saying what a great game it was... and boy are they right!!! This is an amazing wrestling game! You can repeat moves... its not just a button masher if you know what you're doing. Guys stay down when you perform a big move on them. There are so many wrestlers and modes it's unreal. I was up until 3am playing this game last night. It's absolutely unbelievable. You can purchase the game from Ebay or maybe a local game shop that still has old PS2 games.
If you don't have a PS2 you will need PCSX2 which is a PS2 emulator for the PC. On your Shield, you can either setup PCSX2 to run directly from GeForce Experience, or you can add the executable to Steam. Some people have issues getting the controller to work but I haven't had any issues. I'll add a how to video to get this emulator running in the very near future. Check out the video below to see Here Comes the Pain in action. Til next time!
So, back in the 90's we were getting a lot of great JRPGs for the Sony Playstation. Games like Final Fantasy 7 absolutely blew people away. We'd never heard of such a big budget game and it brought RPGs to mainstream culture. The game was A+ and will never be forgotten. Well there was a follow up to that which had big shoes to fill. That game is Final Fantasy 8. FF8 features quall who is a member of SeeD. A military style group that goes out and works different jobs. Anyway most of you know the story to FF8 as I'm sure you've played it. Well you can play this wonderful game on your Nvidia Shield! FPSe or ePSXe will both run this game very well. Playstation 1 emulators on Android have been a Godsend. PS1 had some of the best games EVER created and it's a pleasure to be able to carry them with you wherever you go. Now remember, you must own a copy of the game to have the ISO for it on your Shield. Ahem, check out the video below to see how this incredible game looks and runs on the Nvidia Shield. The guy is speaking another language, perhaps Russian, I'm not sure. You can still see the game and how well it runs on the Shield system. Til next time.....
I wanted to talk about some issues with Genesis emulators on the Shield. Some people have issues with this when they first get their Shield. To me, the best Genesis emulator is Genplus-droid. It has a great interface which has been copied a lot and it's easy to setup the Shield to work as a controller for it.
Search the Google Play Store for this Genesis app. Now, the problem is that when people get roms and add them to whatever folder they are going to add them to, they have issues when pointing GenPlus to that folder. The roms don't appear. Well, what you need to do is zip the rom, then it will be ablet to find it. I was able to zip it directy on my Shield using a zip program, however, when you get a rom it's usually in a zipped format. I hope his helps you out of if you are having issues with this. Take care and til next time!
Today I wanted to talk about a recent purchase I made from Nyko. I ordered one of their hard shell Nvidia Shield cases because the lanyard broke off my official Shield case. The shipping was fast and the transaction was very easy. I have no problems with the way Nyko's online shop works. My experience with that was great.
Now, let me talk about the case itself. As you can see form the pictures below, it's a hard shell case with the Nyko logo and Nvidia Shield logo. In the box you get an accessory bag to carry your power cable in, as well as a carabiner to clip it on with. The black lanyard is also a clip on. There is a little slider on the front of the case that locks and unlocks the case, which is very nifty and works very easy. There is also a little rubber door on the back of the case where you can charge the Shield while it's still in the case.
My only problem with this case is that the Shield can hard to get out of it. Sometimes I have to really pry to get the darn thing out of there and I'm a strong weighlifter. It's almost like there's some type of suction going on keeping the Shield in the case that makes me feel like I'm gonna break it when taking it out. I mean I guess that could be good thing in a way. If you left it unlocked and it opened up accidentally, I don't think the Shield would be going anywhere. At least you'd have enough time to grab it up and close it. I'd say all in all I'd give this case a 9 for looks, and an 8 for usability. Overall I'd give it an 8.5. Remember to check back often for more updates regarding the Shield. I hope to be getting the Shield Tablet very soon from Nvidia so stay tuned!
Thanks to Critical Composer for this information. You can find Critical's original post here: https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/732693/shield-portable/rooting-your-shield-the-why-and-how/
Rooting: What Is It and What Can It Do For You
Rooting the Shield brings with it both great power and great danger. You will have access to the root of the Android operating system. For those that don't quite understand what root actually means I'll break it down in to Windows terms. The internal storage would be akin to a mix of My Documents and Program Files. Most downloaded apps will store data and settings here but it is also where any downloaded files are store, whether that is mp3s, pictures, or documents. In Linux(and Android), root is one folder up from that, or direct access to the C:/ drive where you can access the users folders(including app data) and, more importantly, the Windows folder. As far as pathing goes, the internal storage is usually found at "/sdcard0". One folder up would bring us to "/" which has folders such as "data", "mnt", "sbin", and "system". These folders combined, with a few smaller ones, are what would be found in the Windows folder. Having access to these files means that we can directly alter how the Android OS operates, including changing permissions, altering what the hardware keys do, how the interface looks, or completely removing preinstalled apps instead of simply disabling them. Being able to alter this data also means that changing the wrong variable or deleted some lines of code could destroy the OS causing the user to have to reinstall. With that said, most uses for Root involve using apps from the Play Store to alter these files for us. As long as the app is reputable there shouldn't be any negative side effects to using these apps.
One piece of disclaimer though, nVidia will provide support to rooted Shields on a case-by-case basis. As a rule of thumb, hardware damage will fall outside of this support. Physical damage caused by extreme heat from overclocking most likely will not be covered by warranty support. I can't promise that all software issue will be supported but a simply reinstall of the OS should fix any of those. Again, don't mess with system files or settings unless you know what you are doing and don't install shady root apps and you should be fine. If you are unsure about something root related you can always create a topic on this board or message me and get help before messing with something.
I'm Fine With The Risk, So How Do I Do it?
Rooting is actually a 2 part process: First we must unlock the bootloader and then we must grant root access to device user. The bootloader is the software that initially loads when you turn your Android device on. The bootloader is a simple program that loads the complex program, the actually OS. If sure many of you who are still on the fence about rooting have heard horror stories of getting a device rooted. Most of these stories are based on how difficult a vendor has made it to unlock the bootloader. HTC requires the user to go through their developer channels and Samsung usually requires user to jump through many hoops to do this. nVidia has decided to make unlocking the bootloader a simple, single command line. But first we must make sure the proper drivers are installed. The regular drivers that Windows most likely installed when you first connected it do not need to be uninstalled. The drivers that need installing are the fastboot/adb drivers for when the Shield is in the bootloader menu. First lets download the files needed. You can find everything in this dropbox. This includes the Fastboot Drivers, the root images, and the files required for using fastboot. I am not the creator of these files, I simply packaged everything into an single zip for ease of use. The drivers can be found orignally at XDA and the root files from Gnurou on Github
Shield Root Files
1. Turn your Shield off completely. When it is powered down, hold Back and Home and hit the Power button. Continue to hold the Back and Home keys until the bootloader appears. Your screen should now look similar to this. Note: It won't say "Device - unlocked" and won't have the red warranty void text.
2.Plug your Shield into your PC via the USB cable. You should receive an error that says the drivers could not be installed for this device. Open Device Manager(hit the start button and search for 'device', it should be near the top).
Under the "Other Devices" area should be a device called "fastboot". Right Click that and hit "Update Driver Software".
From here click "Browse my computer for driver software".
On the next screen you will want to click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".
A box will appear asking what type of device, simply select "Show All Devices" and click next.
A blank box should appear on the next screen. Click "Have disk" and navigate to "android_winusb.inf" found in the Universal Naked Drivers you downloaded earlier.
Open that an a list of devices should appear in the box that was just empty. Scroll to the bottom and select "Nvidia Shield Fastboot", then click next.
A warning will appear letting you know the drivers aren't officially signed. Just hit yes to agree to continue installing them regardless.
Your drivers are now installed! The most difficult part is over now.
3. Open the Root folder now. If you hold left shift and right click inside of the explorer window, one of the options should be "open command window here". This will open the command prompt but instead of starting in C:/ it will start in the current folder. If you type "fastboot devices" it should show a bunch of letters and numbers followed by fastboot. This means that the Shield is properly connected to your computer. Before we type the command to unlock the Shield's bootloader I must place this disclaimer:
This is the part where the entire internal storage will be deleted. Make sure to back up any data that you wish to keep. I've heard Helium is a really good app for backing up data that doesn't require root. As a precaution, I always remove the SD card simply because I am paranoid it will delete that by some random act of entropy.
In the command prompt type "fastboot oem unlock". It will present some information and ask if you wish to proceed.
Press either the home or back button to navigate to 'Unlock" and the press the power button to complete the process. The screen will return to the normal bootloader screen but, at the top, it should now say "Device - unlocked".
4. Some people go straight into rooting the device at this point. I always suggest hitting continue and letting the device boot first. This will do first boot initializing and seems to cause less issues than doing unlocking and rooting in the same swoop. After your device has booted, go through the introduction menus, and shut your device off. Go back to the bootloader(Back + Home + Power). Back on the PC go back to the command prompt. Type in "fastboot boot root_shield.img". This will allow the user root access while also installing the SuperUser app to the system. After you type this in, the Shield should display some penguins across the top with some text in the middle. The device will then reboot. You Shield is now rooted.
Now you can use all of those awesome apps that require root(including fixing the SD permissions in the latest update). For a great list of some of the apps you can now use check out HankChill's posthttps://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/734204/general-discussion/rooting-your-shield-awesome-things-you-can-do/ For future reference, any time the Shield receives an update it will need to be rerooted. The update will download and install just the same as a Shield that isn't rooted, but the update will remove the root access during the installation. To reroot the Shield you only need to complete Step 4. One line of code and your Shield is rooted again. If I missed anything or there are any errors let me know and I will correct them.
(Conclusion) Clarified how updates are installed with a rooted device
(Installation) Detailed where to files originally came from and their links
(Introduction) Added information about nVidia's warranty support for rooted Shields
(Conclusion) Added link to HankChill's post about Root Apps
I here a lot of people talking about the Nyko Play Pad Pro. Well I prefer to use the Xbox 360 controller, which is completely possible with the Shield.
All you need to use is a dongle that has a USB female port on one end, and a micro USB male connector on the other as shown in the pictures to the left.
You can get this from most electronics stores. Mine came with a cheap tablet I got from Big Lots. That tablet sucked by the way, but it was only $50 so what could I expect. Anyway I digress.
I have quite a collection of old video games in my garage. Stuff from the N64, SNES, Genesis, Turbographix. Yes I was spoiled as a child and able to aquire all these games from my parents. My favorite game as a child was StarFox for the SNES. At the time the "3d" effects in that game were amazing. I literally spent hours playing it. Well Nintendo hit us again with Starfox 64 for the N64. What an amazing game that was. Well, last night I beat the game.... and all on my Nvidia Shield hooked up to a 32inch High Def TV running in 1080p. I have Starfox64 in my box of old games but no N64 to play it on. It was a treat to be able to play that game on the Shield with great controls. The SuperN64 emulator seems to play every game I throw at it. There are other great emulators for PS1, SNES, and Genesis. I am currently playing through Final Fantasy 9 ( which I also own with no PS1) and it's amazing to play on the Shield. The Shield is a great device for nostalgia gaming an I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to play some of the older titles. Check out the video below for more into on Shield emulation!!