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Android Ports Of Half-Life 2 And Portal Updated With NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Support

Valve's Portal and Half-Life 2, despite being quite old in terms of PC games, are two of the best showcase titles for the SHIELD right now. Naturally NVIDIA (which publishes both games in the Play Store) is eager to highlight them for the shiny new SHIELD Tablet. Actually, it's not shiny - the tablet is quite matte. But anyway, both games have been updated with SHIELD Tablet support, a week before the device is released.

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Upcoming SHIELD Games Include Trine 2, War Thunder, The Talos Principle, And More

NVIDIA just announced its second SHIELD device, the SHIELD Tablet. You can read all about it in the main post, but every gamer knows that a new device is nothing without games to play on it. NVIDIA has focused its efforts on bringing full-sized PC and console games like Mount & Blade, Portal, and Half-Life 2 to the SHIELD Portable, but with the Tablet, they've set their sights on current-generation titles.

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NVIDIA Makes The SHIELD Tablet Official: 8 Inches Of Tegra K1 Power Starting At $299, $399 For 32GB LTE Version

NVIDIA's SHIELD gadget is undeniably unique in the Android world, which might be why the company has decided to go with a more mainstream form factor for its second hardware foray. The SHIELD Tablet, as it's officially titled, was leaked hard last week, but NVIDIA made it official this morning. The 8-inch device features the latest Tegra K1 processor, a 1080p LCD screen, NVIDIA's GameStream software and other specialized apps, and an optional controller that's similar to the control pad on the original SHIELD.

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[New Game] Unearthed: Trail Of Ibn Battuta Is An Action Game That Wants To Be Uncharted When It Grows Up

Gamers who've been living under a priceless hand-carved ancient monolith might not know about Uncharted, a series of PlayStation-exclusive action adventure games that have sold tens of millions of copies across three titles. The odds of us getting an Android port of Uncharted are somewhere between slim and none. But you can get a shameless copy of Uncharted-style gaming with Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta, available now on the Play Store.

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[New Games] NVIDIA Releases The SHIELD Versions Of Portal And Half-Life 2 At The Same Time

It's a good day to be an NVIDIA SHIELD owner. Valve's Android ports of PC shooter classics Portal and Half-Life 2 just dropped in the Play Store for $10 a pop. They're only for the SHIELD (even other devices with the Tegra 4 chipset aren't invited to the party), which is a bit of a mixed blessing - these games really require a full controller to play.

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Valve teased an Android release for the 2007 classic Portal way back in March, but we only heard about the Half-Life 2 port last week (via crowbar).

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Valve's Shooter Classic Half-Life 2 Is Coming To The NVIDIA SHIELD, According To This Informative Crowbar

This morning Android Police editor David Ruddock received a package in the mail. The only thing enclosed was a lime-green crowbar.

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It says it all, really.

PC gamers will recognize the logo for Valve's much-loved science fiction shooter Half-Life 2 emblazoned on the bar, which is the iconic starter weapon for the game. "What Would Gordon [Freeman] Do?" and NVIDIA's SHIELD logo, along with NVIDIA's signature green color, makes this a not-so-subtle indication that the game is coming to the Android-powered SHIELD at some point.

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Portal For Nvidia Shield Review: This Was A Triumph

Portal was released nearly seven years ago as part of the Valve Orange Box, which also included a few other games. Seven years is an eternity on the internet, but the excitement was still palpable when Nvidia announced it was working on a version of Portal for the Shield. Now here we are just a weeks later and the game is about to hit the Play Store. The questions we have to ask are...

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NVIDIA SHIELD Software Update 77 Fixes A Few Small Issues With A Big Download

The last update to NVIDIA's Android-powered SHIELD game machine was only a month ago, but there's another one waiting in the wings. Since SHIELD is already running the latest version of Android, this is a maintenance update, but NVIDIA seems to be sending the full software image (460 megabytes) anyway. SHIELD users should see it pop up on their screens sometime today - make sure you're near a speedy WiFi access point before you begin.

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Update 72 Now Rolling Out To NVIDIA's SHIELD, Here's What To Expect From Remote Gamestream, The New Tegra Zone, And More

Recently, NVIDIA announced SHIELD's biggest update yet – a slew of new features and the bump to KitKat are currently rolling out to the handheld gaming system. For those who may not have seen the news, here's a quick recap of what's present in the roughly-465MB download:

  • Android 4.4.2
  • Improved GamePad Mapper
  • Improved Tegra Zone
  • GameStream support for certain gaming laptops
  • Remote GameStream
  • The ability to manually add any PC game to your GameStream library
  • Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support for GameStream/Console Mode

As you can see, the bulk of the new stuff has to do with GameStream, and it seems that NVIDIA is delivering exactly what SHIELD owners have been asking for, namely with remote GameStream and keyboard/mouse support.

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[New Game] Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster Gets Funky On The Nvidia Shield For A Whopping $14.99

Wonder Momo is one of those things that's popular in Japan, but less so elsewhere. There was an arcade game in the late 80s, an ongoing web comic, and a few game ports on other devices (also for Japan). Now we can all get a look at the weirdness that is Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster. All you need is an Nvidia Shield and 15 bucks.

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