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!!
Nvidia has a cloud gaming service that's currently in a beta of sorts. There are quite a few games to choose from with multiple genres represented. I just wanted to comment that I feel this is the future of gaming. As internet connections get faster and faster, it will be easier to stream twitch content like PC games through the internet. Nvidia is very smart to be one of the pioneers of cloud gaming. I think they realize that if they don't get into this market, they could end up becoming obsolete. Let me give you an example. In the late 90's early 2000's, a company came to Blockbuster Video with an idea for a streaming service that would allow people to stream movies and tv shows over the internet. Blockbuster scoffed at them and told them to go kick rocks... they said it would never work. Well that company was Netflix. Look at them now and look at where Blockbuster is. All of Blockbusters stores are defunct and their streaming service they have now is second fiddle to Netflix. Whoever is making decisions at Nvidia is very smart. Sure the graphics chip market will probably be viable for quite a few more years, but cloud gaming is without a doubt the future.
I've noticed that a lot of people have issues with streaming their PC games to the Shield. This is one of the best features of the device and shouldn't be missed out on. I was always able to stream from day 1 but it didn't work very well most times. What fixed the issue for me was buying one of Nvidia's Gamestream Ready router recommendations. I picked up a Asus RT N56U. Now my streaming works great and I never have problems. If you're having issues with that, you may try upgrading your router to one of the recommended ones. My new router only set me back 90 bucks and was worth it to be able to stream. Check this link for the routers recommended: http://shield.nvidia.com/accessories-hardware/
Also, a lot of people are having issues with Remote Gamestream, which allows you to play your PC games from another location on another wifi network. Remember that the network you're playing on must be a good one and that you must open the proper ports on your router at home. Use this tool created by Nvidia to automatically get the correct ports opened on your router. You can download it below.
Open a command prompt and run it from there. I advise putting the file in C:\.
I hope things work well for you and you can enjoy this part of your Shield!
That's right! Doom3 can now be played on your Nvidia Shield!!! Some amazing programmer out there has designed a "source engine" for Doom 3 so you can play it on your Shield 1 or Shield Tablet device. Basically you download the program from the Google Play store (which is very small) and then you have to copy the game files into the folder the game specifies. Directions on what to do are listed in the Play Store description for the download. Follow this link to grab D34A and start playing https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.n0n3m4.DIII4A&hl=en
Here is a Youtube video showing what the game looks like running on the Shield.
Here is a video showing how to setup Doom 3 on the Shield.
The Nvidia Shield launched in July 2013 and revolutionized portable gaming. The Shield is an android based, handheld game console. It uses the Tegra4 processor which is an incredibly fast mobile processor/GPU unit. There aren't many games that can tax the Tegra 4 yet, so the Shield has an incredibly long shelf life. I remember the day I went to go buy my Shield at Fry's Electronics in Fountain Valley, CA. There was only 3 of them left and I felt elated that I was finally able to get my hands on one. My wife drove us home and I opened the box in the car to check it out. The packaging was sleek and cool. Once I got the system out, I noticed how expensive and high quality it looked and felt. I turned it on and was greeted with an amazing looking display. The first game I loaded up was Sonic the Hedgehog and I played it all the way home. The graphics on the game were great and the controls were awesome.
The Shield controller really reminds me of a modified Xbox 360 controller. The only real difference is the placement of the left analog stick. The button config is identical. Some people have complained about a "clicky" directional pad, but mine has worked fine since purchase. Here are some specs for the Nvidia Shield:
ProcessorNVIDIA® Tegra® 4 quad-core mobile processor with 2 GB RAM
Display5-inch 1280x720 (294 PPI) multi-touch retinal- quality display
Audio Integrated stereo speakers with built-in microphone
Storage16 GB Flash memory
Custom Armor ColorSilver
Wireless802.11n 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
MicroSD storage slot
3.5mm stereo headphone jack with microphone supportMotion Sensors3-axis gyro
3-axis accelerometerInput controlsDual analog joysticks
Left/right analog triggers
Android Home and Back buttons
NVIDIA power/multi-function buttonBattery28.8 Watt hoursWeight & Size579 grams
158mm (w) x 135mm (D) x 57mm (H)Operating SystemAndroid™ KitKat 4.4.2 OSSoftwareGoogle Play
Sonic 4 Episode II THD
This blog site is dedicated to the Shield. Here I will share any information or updates on the original shield. Make sure to come back often for the latest and greatest on this wonderful device!