Last Updated: March 26th, 2014

Valve has made some of the most beloved games of the last decade, and now one of them is coming to Android. Or more accurately, one of them is coming to the Nvidia Shield. According to Nvidia, the original Portal is coming to the Shield at some point in the not too distant future.


There are almost no details, but Nvidia showed the game running on its handheld device. It's not clear if this is literally just for the Shield, or if it will support other Tegra devices with a controller in the future. If you've never played Portal (how sad for you), it's a first-person puzzler that places you in a strange futuristic test facility run by a sociopathic artificial intelligence. You get around by making portals that connect two locations in space. It is fabulous.

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Video courtesy of DigitalFoundry

We don't know when, how much, or where you'll be able to get it – but this is happening.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • serzhanja

    SSSSSSSSSAY WHAT!!!!!!!!!!

  • IcerC

    It would be a trial to play this on a touchscreen anyway.

    • Phil Oakley

      After seeing this I'm just glad I'm still alive.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Never one to use the F word, but fuck, that's awesome.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Never one to use the C word, but cunt, that's awesome.

      • Gaurav Arora

        Never one to use the D word, but Doughnut, that's awesome.

  • someone755


    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I guess that's exactly what they wanted people to say =)

      • someone755

        That sort of sounded like it's bad.
        Tbh, I was at first against the Shield tho after all the features I was on the edge. This is a MAJOR selling point.
        NVidia and all other US companies, bring your shit to Europe!

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          No, that's not what I meant... I just thought it was funny, cause I don't know how SHIELD sales are going, but execs probably went like "yeah, we need to get people something to make them WANT to buyt it". And there you go =)

          • someone755

            Seeing as there's a discount every other month sales aren't going well xP
            Though this was a spectacular move. Now if only Microsoft would pull a move like this to get XBOne sales up... ;-;

    • Amer Khaznadar

      If the Shield was available in Europe, I would have gotten one already. But at this point, even if it gets released here soon, I'll probably wait for the next version and/or competitor device based on the same technologies.

      • someone755

        We Europe lads always have to wait, especially if in South/East.
        Takes my carriers at least 3 months for a phone to get there.

  • outadoc


  • Androfan

    I recall seeing a demo of Half-Life 2 running on Shield in a dark corner of the BABBQ 13

    • Roh_Mish

      After that is half life 3

  • TheFirstUniverseKing


    • darkdude1

      TAKE IT!

  • Niall Murray

    Does this mean other games based on the source SDK can now be ported? Either way, this is pretty cool

  • Harsha

    Article date: 03/25 = 0+3+2+5=10
    Article year: 2014 = 2+0+1+4= 07
    10-7=3... Half-Life 3 confirmed!

    • ShahinTr

      Pahaha! Brilliant! ­čśü

    • Umut Tan


      • BOOP BEEP

        2009 -> 20 09 -> 2 9 -> 2+9=11 -> 29+11 = 40

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      For Android. Only on Tegra K1.


    • Daniel Gimpelman


    • remister

      I am taking a note here: HUGE SUCCESS!

      • Al McDowall

        Not to be that guy, but *making

      • SYSSMouse

        It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    If it's Shield-exclusive - ok...if it's controller-exclusive - fine...if it's Tegra-exclusive - good enough reason to discard it as a thing in my eyes.

  • Matt Field

    I appreciate that Portal runs on an older version of the Source Engine and that Source 2 is the works, but fact that Valve have gone to this effort to port the engine to Android is potentially huge...

    • Rickin

      first was linux, and now this

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      After they ported to linux, this doesn't seem too hard.
      but it's still the "old" engine with an old game.
      sooo Valve is the best

  • hp420

    lmfao...android and exclusive are oxy-morons. I still have yet to find a single game that really is exclusive. It may not run on every android, but I can 100% guarantee it won't be exclusive to one specific model of android in existence.

    • Rickin

      I don't even believe it will be tegra-only

  • Mystery Man

    Alien Swarm 2 would be a good mobile game

  • Sergio Carmona

    AWE| ________ |SOME!!

  • ram

    Time to port Counter Strike into Shield...:) :) That must be amazing..:)

  • Rickin

    there is already steam for android, image them launching the game for every android (or at least tegra ones) and making it playable via steam if you already bought it for pc

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    Bring Cave Johnson to my Android devices and I will love you forever.

  • Android Developer

    How would you play it?
    Isn't it much harder without a mouse and a keyboard?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Well Portal did come out on PS3 and Xbox360 as a part of Orange Box, so I guess it's rather playable

      • Android Developer

        Then I wonder how do people play it there too. :)

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          From what I understand it works similarly to first person shooters, they give you aim assist and an option to toggle its strength. I haven't tried it personally, but I've seen YouTube videos of people playing it on console and they seem to manage just fine. I'm as surprised as you are!

          • Android Developer

            but the aiming is a big part of the fun...

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Hey I didn't say I agreed! At least with Portal however you don't lose too much from the gameplay as it's a puzzle-based game, the real focus is on solving the puzzles. There's some twitchy stuff that needed good reflexes with the aiming but it wasn't a big part of the game.

          • Android Developer

            It sounds very hard on Portal, since many times there are critical moments that you need to do things fast and aim to the correct place at the correct time.

        • hp420

          The same way we play every game inexistence ported from PC to console. What is there to be confused about???? They just remap the controls for a ps3 or 360 controller. It's not exactly rocket science.
          Honestly, I don't know how anyone can use a keyboard, with over 100 buttons to push, and only specific ones working, Then remembering 'Q' does this, and 'R' does this, etc....now add a mouse, where you really need a third hand because the kb takes two hands....screw that!! I'd smash my kb in well under 2 minutes trying to figure that crap out!! The only PC gaming I'll ever do is with a control pad, so how is console gaming any different at that point??

          • Android Developer

            games that use the keyboard almost always allow you to customize the keys to your liking. Also, most first person shooters already agree on some standard keys to use by default("wasd" keys for walking, spacebar for jumping,...).
            I actually find it harder to learn how to use console games, since there is no standard there for the games, and sometimes the buttons are positioned on the front instead of on the top of the gamepad.

            None of the PC games really require 3 hands. Actually, the majority of the PC games don't even need 2 hands on the keyboard.
            About the mouse, that's actually the best tool I can think of to aim precisely. A gun could be cooler than a mouse of course, but I don't see them being popular on consoles.

            I wonder if there are competitions between PC gamers vs console gamers on the same FPS game, and who won.

          • Rodney Whitfield

            The game plays just fine with a controller. I have been playing fps for pc, consoles and mobile devices. Its actually really good on xb360

  • Mike Harris

    Umm... the cake is a lie.

  • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Min├írio

    Controller exclusive? Come on, one could simply walk/look using touchscreen and shot portals using volume keys! Space bar and 'e' could populate bottom and top of screen, respectively.

  • fantomphox

    Nvidia already took my money. valve take more i want.