Has the prospect of KitKat and streaming PC games from anywhere not sold you on NVIDIA's SHIELD gaming machine? Not even the promise of Portal? Well aren't you hard to please. How about a price cut, bringing the final retail cost of the SHIELD down to $199? That's cheaper than the Nexus 7, and it puts the SHIELD in the same range as dedicated gaming portables like the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS.


There is one catch: the price is only going to stay this low through the end of April, after which it will revert to the standard $299. (Some retailers, including Amazon and Newegg, seem to have kept SHIELD at the $249 holiday price.) That still gives you five weeks to track one down, which should be more than enough. Considering that the SHIELD has a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, excellent gaming controls, makes a great streaming device, and has full access to the Play Store, it's a downright steal. Retailers should be discounting their stock over then next few days - if you don't see the reduced price right away, give it a few hours.

In our initial review of the SHIELD, Jeremiah Rice concluded that the device was a hard sell for Android gamers at $300. With the continued support that NVIDIA has provided, plus an expanded library of both Android games with SHIELD controls and streaming PC games, it's now become much easier to recommend. Compared to the 3DS or Vita, a $200 SHIELD has a lot more flexibility in terms of software. Compared to something like the OUYA or the Mojo, it's far and away a better experience. If you've ever wanted a SHIELD, now is the time to get one.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    Just bring it out in the uk...

  • Godspoken

    "Compared to the 3DS or Vita, a $200 SHIELD has a lot more flexibility in terms of software." Unfortunately, this is really only true of emulation software. Actual game software, though? Call me when Android gets real RPGs on a consistent basis, not this Zenonia BS that plagues Google Play (I don't even know who thought action RPGs on touch-screen devices were a good idea...).

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      I was referring more to general capability - web browser, access to the Play Store and stuff like Netflix, et cetera. The portable consoles definitely have a better selection of full games, though that gap is narrowing.

      • Godspoken

        True true, although ironically the 3DS has Netflix, Vita might have it too, and both have web browsers. Just goes to show you, everything feels like it needs to be everything else as hardware and software capabilities climb. Meanwhile, I have a Vita, 3DS, smartphone, and Kindle Fire that *can* do lots of things, like surf the web, but most of them not well enough that you would ever actually use it. Just some thoughts.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Why did you waste your money on Vita? I may understand getting a 3DS, but Vita?

          • mustbepbs

            Contrary to popular belief, Vita has a lot of compelling titles and features. It has tons of indie titles, its own healthy range of exclusives and with PS4 Remote Play being mandatory for the system, I rarely put the thing down.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Vita is an absolute garbage with a completely wasted potential. Almost every game is either a port or a watered down version of an original, that also run like crap and have awful visuals and frame rates.

            Indie games? Why the hell did you waste 300$ to play indie games that are either available on PS3 and PS4 or even PC?

            And those so called "exclusives" are either pure shit like COD Declassified or look worse than a PSONE game (F1 2013 and Most Wanted and Mortal Kombat), or can't even stay on one system because nobody buys this awful handheld so the company has to release it in HD.

            I don't know why the hell is Sony even trying to put out a portable console, it's obvious they can't make one, can't provide it with a library if actually GOOD games, and can't compete with (3)DS

            Hence why my PSP Slim was sold shortly after the purchase and I never even thought of getting Vita. PS3 all the way

          • An Tran

            Agreed, finally got my Vita and I love it. Can't wait to get more games for it...and a decent sized memory card so I can download the games I already bought off PSN (out of uncontrolled excitement :D).

          • Jalok Xlem

            Why would you waste your money on a 3DS? Game selection there is too casual! The Vita is pretty cool, especially with Killzone Mercenaries and Little Big Planet (which is sadly better than the Mario Games on the 3DS. (Sad, because I used to like Mario games back in the N64/Gamecube era)).

          • Godspoken

            I wouldn't really say I wasted my money at all. The Vita does not yet have the large library of the 3DS, but the titles it does have are very much worth owning for many. Many are ports, yes (Persona 4 Golden, the Atelier games, Disgaea 3/4, New Little King's Story, FFX HD), but there are also lots of original games (DJMAX Technika Tune, Conception II, Demon Gaze, Mind Zero, Monster Monpiece, Deception IV, Danganronpa, Soul Sacrifice, Ys Celceta, Akiba's Trip 2...) that I enjoy/am looking forward to. Of course, I probably don't play the same type of games you do.

      • mustbepbs

        The only reason the gap is at all budging is because some console titles are being ported to mobile, like the FF titles and Sonic All Star Racing. Beyond that, mobile titles can't hold a candle to games on dedicated handhelds, let alone consoles. There's just no comparison, especially with the way mobile gaming is going with IAP.

        • Matthew Fry

          *has irreparably damaged the entire gaming industry with IAP.

  • lensgrabber

    Link? Nvidia store still shows 249 as of 13:18 mountain


    "Well aren't you hard to please."
    Hahahaha thank you so much for the laugh AndroidPolice! I love you guys! You do so many great articles and you have a great sense of humor. Can't ask for more! :P

    • Alex

      I think AndroidPolice is already dating someone...

      • Matthew Fry

        It's probably one of the major sponsors. I would guess Avast! but AP is so tight-lipped about relationships.

  • dude

    Now I'm in a dilemma. I just received my Moga Hero I got for myself and and a G910 I got for my brother's iPhone just now from Amazon...... The Shield is good hardware, it's only a bit of a bummer it lacks front facing camera, that would have been nice to double as a video call device.

    To the UPS!

  • Kingu Prima

    so, does this news announce an imminent upgrade to the Shield2 with Tegra K1?

    • DirkBelig

      Probably. Most tech nerds are savvy to big price cuts as the harbinger of new versions coming soon, so this is clearly an attempt to clear out the back stock before launching a new version at $300 with the newest, shiniest bits.

      • Matthew Fry

        That doesn't make any sense unless they're lying about the return to the $299 price point after April.

        • DirkBelig


          What part of "launching a new version at $300" was unclear to you? What part of my one sentence explaining everything confused you? Let me break it down into little, easy-to-comprehend pieces for you:

          1. They are clearing out last year's to-be-9-month-old model with a sale.

          B. A new, improved model will be coming at the original price point of $299.

          Any questions?

          • Matthew Fry

            Yeah. Why are you such a dick?

          • DirkBelig

            Stupid people find knowledge intimidating and they react in fear and loathing to it and perceive that knowledge as "dickishness." Can't do anything about it. It's the cross I bear.

          • Matthew Fry

            Egotistical people who believe they are more intelligent than everyone else react to others with contempt, mistaking their own "dickishness" as a sign of intelligence when in fact it is a sign of their social ineptitude.

          • DirkBelig

            Dude, you dug your own hole of stupid illiteracy. Lie in it and STFU. A smart person would've quit while they were behind. A smart person. S-M-A-R-T. It means "not you."

          • dude

            Stop being a dick you dick.

  • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

    Who's selling for 199$? I found only for 249$.

  • Russell Walker

    I usually just use an old Transformer Prime for my android gaming needs (which is mostly just emulators i'll admit), but the price-cut to $199 combined with all the other new features puts this deeply into impulse-buy territory.

    • Matthew Fry

      Especially when you consider the cost of a solid, comfortable controller and a display mount, not to mention the hassle.

  • Andrew Vrba

    Thing just looks damned wonky to me. I also prefer the Xbox-style thumbstick and D-pad placements over the Dualshock style this device has.

  • Richard Markert

    I still don't care to give nVidia any money. Anything with a Tegra is a no-buy, at any price.