REPORT: HANDS-ON WITH THE NVIDIA SHIELD AT E3
At NVIDIA’s E3 booth, most people seemed to grab a Shield T-shirt and then try their hand at winning a Shield or GeForce GTX 780 graphics card. I was more interested in trying the open-platform handheld device myself.
The device was very comfortable to hold in my hands since it’s shaped like a controller. I didn’t find the device very heavy and I’d compare it to being slightly heavier than an Xbox 360 controller. The screen was bright and picture was clear and crisp in the dimly lit booth.
When I picked up the device, it was already set to a first person shooter zombie game. I decided to give it a try even though I’m absolutely dreadful at FPS games. Luckily, this game was pretty simple or it was already set to the easiest setting because I was kicking some serious zombie ass.
My friend, Davis, a veteran gamer of the Warp Zone, couldn’t resist commenting on just how slow the zombies were moving but I didn’t care. It was entertaining enough and I could see myself enjoying it on a long trip.
After spying someone next to me playing Sonic 4, we both immediately switched games to give it a go. Unfortunately, Sonic 4 on the Shield requires you to use the Analog Stick instead of the classic D-Pad. It wasn’t the same not being able to use the D-Pad that I had used with classic Sonic games on the Sega Genesis or Game Gear.
While I enjoyed playing on NVIDIA’s Shield, I don’t know if I’d buy one just yet based on price and other options in the market. It’s more likely that I’d just wait for a friend to buy it and borrow it.
The Shield runs on Android 4.1 OS (aka Jelly Bean). As previously reported, the Shield is $349 and will ship at the end of June. For more information and to pre-order one today be sure to visit NVIDIA’s online store.